Scientists from the University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry have developed a sugar-free lollipop infused with a licorice extract that they claim can help prevent tooth decay. They use a licorice root extract that destroys the bacteria responsible for cavities. Importantly, the extract does not kill the other bacteria in the mouth necessary for good oral health. The lollipop was chosen as the ideal vessel for the ingredient, as consumers generally suck the product slowly, which keeps the licorice extract in the mouth for longer. Flavored with orange extract to add more taste appeal, the lollipops are currently being sold to dentists in Japan and Europe to test on patients at high risk of tooth decay.
A licorice root extract may help destroy the bacteria responsible for dental cavities.