Anyone else here traumatised by the dentist?

The scary scrubs, the terrifying sound of the drill and… drool EVERYWHERE.

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Well, there’s some good news for the dentist-fearing, durian loving population…

Durian can help prevent tooth decay!

This pungently powerful news is brought by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand.

Their research explored the possibility of using the King of Fruits as a mouth disinfectant. A gel extracted from the rind of a durian was tested for its ability to inhibit growth of bacteria in lab rats.

What they found was that the durian gel was as effective as 0.2% chlorhexidine, a disinfectant commonly featured in mouth rinses.

They also found that the gel showed a reduction in compounds responsible for bad breath in humans, such as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and dimethyl sulphide,

So… the stinkiest food on earth can get rid of stinky breath!

You know what this means right?

And to all you brave durian lovers, you can even try out durian beer, durian bubble tea, and durian burger for some extra thorny protection!

(A Durian a day keeps caries away, research from Asia suggests)
(Antibacterial activity of polysaccharide gel extract from fruit rinds of Durio zibethinus Murr. against oral pathogenic bacteria.)

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