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Researchers investigate bee resin as a potential treatment for dental caries
Updated: 7/21/2011 7:00:07 PM
 

A product of honey bees may help fight cavities It may seem counterintuitive the honey bees could potentially help fight cavities since sweet substances are known to promote dental caries. However, another product of the insects called propolis may do just this.

According to a recent article published by Fox News, researchers in Mexico are evaluating propolis, a resinous substance produced by honey bees, for its potential to fight cavities and reduce high blood pressure levels.

The news provider reported that bees use propolis to seal off areas of their hives. The insect product is sometimes used to relieve coughs, swelling and allergy symptoms.

After introducing propolis in groups of bacterial organisms known to cause cavities, such as Porphyromonas gingivalis and Streptococcus mutans, the researchers isolated several compounds from the insect product that were found to help inhibit these bacteria.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research reports that 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have developed at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. Furthermore, the organization states that 23 percent of Americans in this age demographic have untreated tooth decay.

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