Adding natural molecule to toothpastes and mouthwash may help prevent plaque and cavities

Most of the world’s population either chronically suffers from plaque and dental cavities or will develop them at some point in their lives. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, and regular checkups do their part, but more can always be done. Now, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev scientists and their colleagues at Sichuan University and the National University of Singapore have discovered that 3,3′-Diindolylmethane (DIM), a naturally occurring molecule also known as bisindole, reduces by 90% the biofilms that produce plaque and cavities. The molecule is also found to have anti-carcinogenic properties.

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