While brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are effective ways to try and prevent cavities, using these substances alone are not enough to guarantee that you have good oral health. Most products are not able to get rid of 100 percent of the bacteria in the mouth that cause tooth decay, which is why it's important to visit the dentist regularly to get a professional cleaning.
There may soon be a product on the market that can almost completely eliminate the bacteria that causes cavities. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry have created a mouthwash that targets the Streptococcus mutans bacteria so well that dental cavities may only be a faint memory in the future.
"With this new antimicrobial technology, we have the prospect of actually wiping out tooth decay in our lifetime," said researcher Wenyuan Shi.
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The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that cavities are one of the most common disorders in the country, right up there with the common cold. Eradicating this problem could save billions on dental treatment each year worldwide.
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