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21-08-06, 14:45

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

The good bugs in the gum prevent other harmful mouth bacteria from sticking to and attacking the teeth. Toothpastes and mouthwashes containing Lactobacillus anti-caries are also in the pipeline, German chemical company BASF told Chemistry and Industry. Friendly bacteria, normally found in live yoghurt, are already purported to be good for treating bowel conditions.


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. 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.

The BASF scientists say the gum has been tested on large numbers of people and has the ability to significantly reduce bacterial levels. Dr Andreas Reindl of BASF said: "The effectiveness has been demonstrated and the first oral hygiene products containing probiotic lactobacilli are scheduled to appear in 2007."

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21-08-06, 14:47
i seriously need this, my teeth arnt the best and i love sugar free gum, kill 2 birds with 1 stone

21-08-06, 15:08
Excellent! :D I hope they make it taste nice ;)