The Future Is Near: Tooth Decay Vaccine Is On the Way

Child's Smile

Vaccines have helped cure diseases and keep illnesses from spreading, and now a new vaccine may be able to help us all fight the battle of tooth decay.

“The vaccine acts against Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that cause tooth decay. In the mouth, these bacteria break down food remains and produce lactic acid. This acid dissolves enamel (the hard, outer layer portion of the teeth), leading to cavities.”

Don’t Start Neglecting Your Teeth

Developed by Chinese researchers, this vaccine could help so many children and adults from suffering tooth decay. While this medical advancement would be an amazing addition to creating a world full of beautiful smiles, regular dental hygiene should not be thrown by the wayside. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist should remain part of your regular routine. After all, while the vaccine might fight tooth decay, it cannot permanently eradicate bad breath nor can it prevent food from getting stuck between your teeth.

To learn more about the development of the tooth decay vaccine refer to Tooth Decay May Soon Be a Thing of the Past.

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