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A new mouthwash developed by a microbiologist at the UCLA School of Dentistry is highly successful in targeting the harmful Streptococcus mutans bacteria that is the principal cause tooth decay and cavities.
Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay or cavities, is one of the most common and costly infectious diseases in the United States, affecting more than 50 percent of children and the vast majority of adults aged 18 and older. Americans spend more than $70 billion each year on dental services, with the majority of that amount going toward the treatment of dental caries.
Originally posted by don rumsfeld
reply to post by Maxmars
tooth decay is something we should have been able to do away with long ago....
Simple, no profits in that.
How long before we here of this scientist "mysteriously" dying? I bet the ADA is not liking this news.
Interesting find. Now does it only target that one bacteria? Because there is a lot of bacteria in the mouth that helps start digestion and keeps the mouth balanced. If this is more of an antibiotic, I can see how that is a problem.
The human body is home to millions of different bacteria, some of which cause diseases such as dental caries but many of which are vital for optimum health. Most common broad-spectrum antibiotics, like conventional mouthwash, indiscriminately kill both benign and harmful pathogenic organisms and only do so for a 12-hour time period.
The overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics can seriously disrupt the body's normal ecological balance, rendering humans more susceptible to bacterial, yeast and parasitic infections.
Shi's Sm STAMP C16G2 investigational drug, tested in the clinical study, acts as a sort of "smart bomb," eliminating only the harmful bacteria and remaining effective for an extended period.
Why can't we just invent some kind of protective layer for our teeth that the dentist could apply every year or so?
That also would protect against acid from fruit, softdrinks etc..which i believe might be the biggest source of tooth decay of all.