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Floss coated with /antibacterial/ wax. As you clean off the plaque
from between your teeth it leaves behind a thin /antibacterial/
coating improving breath and gum health. May be used to
stitch wounds in an emergency.
tooth cleaning enzymes
[xaviergisz, Aug 07 2012]
||There are too many antibiotics in common use, and
they contribute to the development of resistant
strains. A general antibacterial, yes, but not an
||What Max said. Absolutely not.
||I'll bite: what's the difference ?
||Antibiotics target specific bits of bacterial
metabolism, making them quite selective (you
can eat antibiotics) but also making it possible for
the bacteria to
evolve resistance (for example, by changing the
target, or making an enzyme to break down the
complex antibiotic molecule).
||Antibacterials are basically disinfectants - things
like glorified detergents or harsh chemicals which
will kill pretty
much anything by brute force. They are therefore
very difficult to evolve resistance against.
||Antibacterials aren't necessarily harmful to
humans when used correctly, because we have
dead skin cells which can withstand the assault.
For instance, mouthwashes contain things like
ethanol and phenolics which kill cells in general;
but the dead cells lining your mouth bear the
||I agree with trying to stem the frivolous proliferation of
antibiotics etc., but I would really like something that
would eliminate the cause of that nasty chyme stench that
comes out when I floss. Covering it up with scented wax
||Maybe I should retitle this "antibacterial" then. I wasn't aware there was a difference; this floss would contain something like iodine to prevent bacteria from multiplying between the teeth.
||//that nasty chyme stench that comes out when I
||Congratulations, [Alterother], on your nomination for
the 2012 Halfsies, in the TMI category!