Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Literally. In what must be the greatest advancement in candy since Preggie Pops, UCLA microbiologist Wenyuan Shi has turned lollipops into the front line in the fight against dental decay.
The orange-flavored, sugar-free lollipop they devised is infused with a natural ingredient found in licorice that kills the primary bacterium causing tooth decay, Streptococcus mutans.

Marketed as Dr. John's Herbal Candy, the lollipop, now available for purchase through a candy manufacturer that licenses the technology from UCLA, is the first therapeutic developed by Shi. But he has many more in the works to target bacteria wreaking havoc in the nose, ear and gut, to name just a few.

University of California, Los Angeles (2008, February 5). Enjoy Candy Without The Cavities: Good Lollipop Kills Bacteria That Causes Tooth Decay. ScienceDaily. Retrieved February 6, 2008, from­ /releases/2008/02/080204144715.htm
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