Written by Dentistry Today Wednesday, 18 January 2012 15:35
There are two substances in licorice that may be extremely beneficial to dentistry.
The substances, which happen to be used in Chinese medicine, kill the bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease. A study from the Journal of Natural Products states that they could successfully treat dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
The dried root that comes from the licorice is what does the trick, according to the studies. It will be great for people in China since it's a common substance in many forms of medicine. In the United States, however, the dried licorice root has been replaced by anise oil, something that is said to have to a similar taste.