Licorice root may prevent cavities, treat gum disease
A substance known as the main ingredient of a classic candy actually may be good for your teeth: licorice. According to a new study in the Journal of Natural Products, licorice root may help keep teeth healthy. The authors report that compounds found in the dried root of the licorice plant may help prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease. But don't rush to the candy aisle. According to information accompanying the study, what's sold as licorice candy in the U.S. is no longer flavored with licorice root but with anise oil. Chinese licorice root, which is found in northern mainland China, has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine.
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