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Preventing tooth decay may be as easy as rinsing with a revolutionary new mouthwash developed by a scientist at the UCLA School of Dentistry. The mouthwash is the product of nearly a decade of research conducted on new antimicrobial technology -- “smart bombs” that eliminate specific harmful bacteria and remain effective for an extended period. The mouthwash contains a type of antimicrobial peptide that targets Streptococcus mutans bacteria, the principal cause of tooth decay and cavities.
In a recent clinical trial, 12 subjects who rinsed just one time with the experimental mouthwash experienced a nearly complete elimination of the S mutans bacteria over the entire four day testing period. Based on the success of this limited study, scientists will work with the FDA on more extensive trials.
If the FDA ultimately approves the mouthwash for general use, it will be the first such tooth decay fighting drug since fluoride was licensed nearly 60 years ago.-- and has the potential of wiping out tooth decay in this lifetime. Moreover, this groundbreaking antimicrobial technology for teeth may lay the foundation for developing more “smart bomb” drugs to fight other diseases.
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