- 'Smart bomb' Mouthwash could be the end of all Cavities, Forever
'Smart bomb' Mouthwash could be the end of all Cavities, Forever
Science has finally gone and done something useful for a change by inventing a mouthwash that they say can completely eliminate the bacteria responsible for tooth decay. Refined sugar, you and me have a brand new (and sparkly white) future to look forward to.
There's one particular type of bacteria that's responsible for tooth decay called Streptococcus mutans. S. mutans makes up only about 0.1 percent of the hundreds of trillions of bacteria that live in our mouths, and most of the rest of the little buggers are good guys (or at least neutral guys). Regular mouthwash takes a nuke-it-from-orbit approach and just kills everything, but researchers from the Colgate Technology Center (this just in: Colgate has a Technology Center) have come up with a targeted missile that only takes out S. mutans.
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By Abstract, via CBS News