Can licorice prevent cavities? Your Kitsilano dentist has the answer!

A new study recently found that licorice might have the ability to combat cavity-causing bacteria!

The dental healthcare experts at Arbutus North Dental Centre, your Kitsilano dentist, want you to know all the facts about licorice and its cavity-fighting properties so that you may make an informed decision about your oral health care.

The licorice candy you can buy in shops isn’t actually real licorice at all – and we at your Kitsilano dentist, Arbutus North Dental Centre, do not actually recommend that you choose fake licorice as a treat at all. Licorice candy can stick to your teeth and feed the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Genuine licorice, however, has been a favourite staple in traditional Chinese medicine and in homeopathic medicine for centuries. New studies have found that dried licorice root contains licoricidin and licorisoflavan A. Licoricidin and licorisoflavan A. are efficient in killing the bacteria that’s responsible for gum disease and tooth decay – and gum disease is the root cause of 80 % of all dental problems. In fact, gum disease is the second most common disease in North America, second to the common cold.

Licorice may be able to reduce your danger of gum disease and cavities if utilized in a complete dental healthcare routine that consists of brushing your teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of 3 minutes, flossing very carefully before bed and seeing your Kitsilano dentist, Arbutus North Dental Centre, at least two times a year for regular dental exams. Contact us to reserve an appointment if you haven’t been to see us in a while and let us take care of your smile and give you the oral health care you – and your smile – deserve!

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