Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > Health-in-Motion 16 October 2017 A substance that stopped tooth decay from happening. Wouldn’t it be great if scientists invented a substance that stopped tooth decay from happening? Well, they may just have done that. US researchers have recently developed a small artificial molecule that prevents the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, which occurs in our mouths and is the main culprit in tooth decay, from attaching itself to the surface of teeth and causing damage. The new substance inhibits an enzyme that allows the bacterium to create a sticky biofilm gluing it to the tooth surface and releasing enamel-destroying lactic acid. 0 More: Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Medical Eczema? Would you consider taking a bleach bath? Parenting Countries that ban spanking see less teen violence News Mom’s life is ruined after mystery sickness makes her look anorexic Parenting Breast milk may boost preemies' brain development Parenting Could same-sex couples have babies with shared DNA? Study hints it's possible Diet and nutrition Is canned or frozen produce bad for me? From our sponsors Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know Tell-tale signs you need a mattress upgrade Keen to win a R2 000 voucher? Good health begins in your gastrointestinal tract Live healthier Gut health » Can't lose weight? Blame it on your gut Our nutrition experts weigh in on why gut health is such an important factor in weight loss, on World Obesity Day. Sleep better » Yes, there is such a thing as too much sleep A new study confirms that too little sleep can impair your brain, but interestingly, too much sleep is also a problem.