Could mucus be good for your teeth?

teeth health smile dentistThe idea that mucus in the nose could be beneficial to health has led researchers to investigate artificial mucus, which may play an important role in protecting teeth from decay.

Key takeaways

– Mucus stops bacteria clinging to teeth which causes cavities

– Artificial mucus with beneficial proteins could be added to toothpastes in the future

– Artificial mucus may even replace some antibiotic treatments in future.

Until further research has been carried out remember to see your dentist regularly and brush teeth twice daily.

“Mucus found in the body could help protect teeth from the bacteria that causes cavities”.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.