• News Feeds
Page last updated at 10:52 GMT, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 11:52 UK

Can seaweed toothpaste clean teeth?

A team of UK scientists have said adding enzymes from seaweed microbes to toothpaste and mouthwash could provide better protection against tooth decay.

Researchers at Newcastle University had been studying Bacillus licheniformis to see if it could clean ships' hulls, but the scientists now believe it could protect the areas between teeth where plaque can gather despite brushing.

Dr Nick Jakubovics, of the university's school of dental sciences spoke to John Humphrys about the finding.

Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific