Researchers at the University of Florida are exploring the reasons for high pH in the mouth. High pH, or high acidity, is the main culprit in dental caries.

Their studies suggest that certain types of bacteria, when introduced into the mouth, can actually lower the pH to a startling degree.

The researchers are considering the effectiveness of a nutritional supplement, a pill, that would discourage the growth of microbes that produce high acidity in the mouth while at the same time encouraging the growth of bacteria that actually feed on the high acidity microbes.

Researchers compare the possible pill to the probiotics now being taken to increase the right kind of bacteria in the digestive system.

Dr. RIchard Anglesy, of the Miami Dental Team, says “It may be possible one day to simply take a daily pill to prevent cavities in both children and adults. The research so far has been very encouraging.”