In Chinese traditional medicine is widely used two substances in licorice that kill the major bacteria, branched over the appearance of tooth decay and gum disease, which is the main cause of tooth loss among children and adults.
According to scientists from the United States these substances will help to treat and prevent tooth decay.
Dried licorice root has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine to enhance the activity of other vegetable ingredients and to improve palatability. Although licorice candy is very popular in the United States, they licorice root is often replaced anise oil, which has a similar taste.
An adherent of traditional medicine encouraged the use of dried licorice root to treat digestive and respiratory problems, but not many of the miraculous properties of licorice proved by science.
To check how licorice fights bacteria in the oral cavity, scientists have identified two compounds in the root: licoricidin and licorisoflavan caught antibacterial substances.
These substances were killed two main types of bacteria responsible for caries, and two types of bacteria that cause gum disease.