New Study: potential plaque preventative

Study: Arginine May Prevent Dental Plaque.
The News Everyday (5/13, Siva Kumar) reports that a study from the University of Michigan and Newcastle University has found that the amino acid arginine, which is a common ingredient in dental products for tooth sensitivity, “could help to prevent dental plaque.” The article adds, “The study seems to indicate that the amino acid, arginine, which is found naturally, may replace the chemical substances that are being used at present to pre-empt dental plaques.” Said University of Michigan researcher Alexander Rickard, “This is important as bacteria like to aggregate on surfaces to form biofilms. Dental plaque is a biofilm that contribute to the billions of dollars of dental treatments and office visits every year in the United States.”