GRAPHENE: THE NEW HOPE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT BACTERIA

A new nano-product with anti-bacterial properties may become a powerful alternative to antibiotics.

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Japanese scientists are currently developing a new product, originally invented in Manchester, that has anti-bacterial properties in the fight against gum disease and gum recession.

There are several strains of bacteria that if left unchecked in the mouth can lead to erosion of the teeth, inflammation of gums and bone recession. With increasing evidence of other systemic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes linked to oral bacteria the fight is on to bring this under control.

To add to the problem, clinicians are being advised to rely less on antibiotics because of the increase in resistant strains of bacteria. There are currently three types of oral bacteria that are resistant.

Graphene is a carbon based nanosheet studded with bubble of oxygen that clinical trials indicate as highly effective against certain strains of oral bacteria.

The material works by destroying the walls and membranes holding bacterial cells together yet it leaves mammalian cells intact.

The research is in the early stages at present so it may be some time before it becomes available on the market.
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