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UCLA-Developed Mouthwash A ‘Smart Bomb’ Against Cavities?

CBS Los Angeles 11/22/2011 06:42
UCLA-Developed Mouthwash A ‘Smart Bomb’ Against Cavities? - health - dentistry - UCLA


A mouthwash concocted by a UCLA microbiologist may render cavities and tooth decay a thing of the past.



The innovation developed by Wenyuan Shi, chairman of the UCLA School of Dentistry’s oral biology section, acts as a sort of “smart bomb” against harmful bacteria like, S. mutans, a main cause of cavities and tooth decay.

“With this new antimicrobial technology, we have the prospect of actually wiping out tooth decay in our lifetime,” he said.

A successful clinical study involving a dozen people found that those who rinsed with the UCLA-developed mouthwash just once over a four-day testing period experienced a near-complete elimination of the S. mutans bacteria.

Shi has been working on the innovation for over a decade with support from Colgate-Palmolive and a company he founded, C3-Jian Inc.

He said the findings may lay the groundwork for developing other target-specific anti-microbials to combat other diseases.


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