|NY Daily News (NY) – by AFP RELAXNEWS |
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Announced last week, scientists are developing what they call a “smart bomb” mouthwash that targets a strain of bacteria responsible for tooth decay, while leaving healthy bacteria that help protect teeth.
Wenyuan Shi, chair of the oral biology section of the UCLA School of Dentistry in the US, and his team have created a mouthwash that targets the bacterial strain called S. mutans, according to CBS Los Angeles. Compared to other commercial mouthwashes on the market — which Shi describes as “broad spectrum” in that they wipe out all bacteria in the mouth, including the “99.9 percent” that are good bacteria — the new mouthwash only kills the harmful strain, according to the report.