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Candy that Really Fights Cavities

liquorice root, on white background Candy that fights cavities? Read more below and thank you for visiting us at Castle Rock Endodontics!

Why do you get cavities? It’s not because your teeth are soft. Cavities happen in mouths where the environment is all jacked up. Too much acid, too many germs, an abundance of refined foods, too little saliva. Basically the little ecosystem in your mouth is out of whack.

How do you get it back in balance? You already know some things you can do: eat better, brush and floss better, drink water. Sometimes, though that’s not enough. What do you do between meals? Between brushing?

You change the mouth itself by changing what can grow in there.

Licorice roots have been around ever since the original hunters and gatherers realized they were sweet-ish, quenched thirst, and tasted much better than most of the other twigs and sticks they used to dig around in their gums and teeth. Maybe they realized their teeth hurt less when they chewed on them, too. Licorice roots contain a compound called glycyrrhizin, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay. They’re cheap, natural, and abundant; you can even buy them here at this link on But a word of caution: glycyrrhizin can be dangerous in excess amounts. Since licorice root is considered a natural herb, there’s no way for the FDA to regulate the dosage, and too much of it can cause heart arrhythmias, increase blood pressure, and reduce potassium levels.

If your response to black licorice and licorice roots are No, and Hell No, respectively, then how in the heck do you think you’re going to get kids to put licorice extract in their mouths?

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