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Science! New candy fights cavities

Increasingly, scientists are figuring out new ways to get around the fact that there’s often a price to pay for indulging in too much of anything. Their latest potential win-win? Sugary sweets that actually fight cavities.

A study, conducted by researchers in Berlin, shows that those who suck on a mint containing a particular type of bacteria actually reduce the levels of cavity-causing bacteria in their saliva. Suppressing the growth of such “bad bacteria,” in the long run, may lead to better oral hygiene and less contact with the dentist’s drill, the research suggests.

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