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Cavity Protection May Be Easier With Antimicrobial Mouthwash

August 18, 2009: 03:46 PM EST
Tooth-binding particles called micelles formulated into mouth rinses could protect teeth from cavities because they stick to tooth surfaces and gradually release encapsulated antimicrobials, according to researchers in Florida writing in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. A mouthwash could simplify application of micelles and make it easy for people to keep their teeth clean and healthy. In the study, tooth-binding micelles were encapsulated with an antimicrobial effective against the cavity-causing bacterium Streptococcus mutans UA159. The micelles were able to inhibit S. mutans better than untreated micel. “Simple application, cultural acceptance, and improved patient compliance” would be the main benefits, researchers said.
F. Chen, X.M. Liu, et al., "Tooth-binding micelles for dental carries prevention", Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, August 18, 2009, © American Society for Microbiology
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