Aside from the transformation of toothbrushes into electric toothbrushes, you’d be forgiven for thinking that technological advancements in oral care have been relatively thin on the ground. While developments in the field may not compete with those in AI or the metaverse, one of the more exciting recent discoveries in oral care has come courtesy of an antimicrobial peptide known as P113.
Discovered by Dr. Frank Oppenheim of the University of Boston, P113 is an antibacterial protein that has proven itself to be 90% effective in the fight against Streptococcus mutans, a common bacteria found in the human mouth and a major cause of tooth decay.
The P113 protein contains a fragment of amino acid that’s remarkably adept at stopping the growth of bacteria. After an extensive series of clinical trials that involved over 1000 test subjects, the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) attested to the protein’s “low sensitization, non-cytotoxicity, and non-irritation to human skin and oral mucosa.”
In short, it was effective and safe to use. Beyond Discovery
While making a discovery is one thing, turning it into a usable, everyday product is something else entirely—it’s all very well creating an internal combustion engine, but you need the car around it to really make a difference.
GBC (General Biologicals Corporation) owns the exclusive patent rights to P113 and has set about turning that little antibacterial engine into a range of safe and highly effective oral care products. In a bid to revolutionize oral health on a global scale, the company—which made a name for itself developing groundbreaking diagnostics products for conditions such as COVID-19 and Hepatitis—has launched “oh care.” oh care for Everyone
Leveraging the impressive qualities of P113, oh care offers the first antibacterial mouthwash and mouth spray that is gentle and safe enough for entire families to use. With oh care containing no alcohol or fluoride, it’s even safe for babies.
While alcohol is a fairly obvious compound to avoid when dealing with babies, fluoride also has its problems. Although it's commonly thought of as a positive contributor to dental health, it can cause a number of health issues, including fluorosis, which can actually damage a child’s teeth, especially when they’re developing.
With baby teeth as important as adult teeth, oh care removes concerns about fluoride from the equation, resulting in an effective oral healthcare treatment that’s safe for everyone. Containing no preservatives, colorants, artificial sweeteners, or harsh chemicals, the oh care range offers a simple and effective way to keep your family’s teeth healthy.
To find out more about the oh care range of oral health products, you can visit GBC here.