Scientists at the Natural Science Foundation and the Hospital-Public Cross-Link Project of Shanghai Jiao Tong University discovered that graphene oxide might be helpful in eliminating antibiotic-resistant bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease.
Graphene oxide is able to inhibit the growth of certain bacterial strains with minimal harm to cells. The researchers tested it against three different species of bacteria that are also linked to tooth decay and gum disease. Findings showed that graphene oxide effectively slowed the growth of the pathogens.
The scientists believe that future research will show that the nanosheets could have use in solving bacterial dental problems.