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Seaweed toothpaste 'to stop tooth decay'

3 July 2012 

Seaweed toothpaste 'to stop tooth decay'

By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

The purple shows up the plaque on the half of 
the dentures that has not had the "seaweed" treatment

Adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay, a team of UK scientists have said.

Researchers at Newcastle University had been studying Bacillus licheniformis to see if it could clean ships' hulls.

But the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing.

Their lab tests suggest the microbe's enzyme cuts through plaque, stripping it of bacteria that cause tooth decay. (...)

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