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Dried licorice root fights the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice — used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine — that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, they say that these substances could have a role in treating and preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

They found that two of the licorice compounds, licoricidin and licorisoflavan A, were the most effective antibacterial substances.

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