Friday, August 25, 2006

'Friendly Bacteria' Gum for Teeth

Scientists have developed a chewing gum containing friendly bacteria which they say can help prevent tooth decay.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes containing Lactobacillus anti-caries are also in the pipeline, German chemical company BASF told Chemistry and Industry.

The bacterium responsible for dental cavities, Streptococcus mutans, persistently colonises the surface of the teeth, where it converts sugar into aggressive acids that breaks down the enamel.

L. anti-caries reduces the concentration of this harmful bacterium in the mouth making S. mutans clump together, preventing them from adhering to the teeth.
I am a big fan of the probiotics movement and cavity stopping bacteria. I am glad they are finally coming out with a product. If bacteria make up more than 9/10 of our cells and 2/3 of our genes, I want the best bacteria possible for my body. None of this letting nature decide for me nonsense.

Cavity fighting bacteria is nice, but any other uses?
Another potential use of Lactobacillus include the prevention of body odour. BASF are looking to produce a deodorant which can stop the odour-producing bacteria in the armpit.
Now we're talking.

via BBC

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