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Candy that fights cavity and tooth decay!

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posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 02:45 PM
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Cool or what?!

Lookit --

Enjoy Candy Without The Cavities: Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay



ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2008) — What Willy Wonka did for chocolate, UCLA microbiologist Wenyuan Shi is doing for lollipops.

Because of Shi, thousands of orange-flavored lollipops are rolling out of a factory in Grand Rapids, Mich., into the hands of people eager to lick them for one reason only. Shi and his lab team at the School of Dentistry have managed to make candy that's actually good for your teeth. The orange-flavored, sugar-free lollipop they devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in licorice that kills the primary bacterium causing tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans.

Marketed as Dr. John's Herbal Candy, the lollipop, now available for purchase through a candy manufacturer that licenses the technology from UCLA, is the first therapeutic developed by Shi. But he has many more in the works to target bacteria wreaking havoc in the nose, ear and gut, to name just a few.


Nice! I wonder if they'll market it to dentists. It would make the experience less horrible for children, I think.




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