Cinnamon Gum and Mouth Microbes *
|Time Required||Long (2-4 weeks)|
|Prerequisites||A basic knowledge of how to work with bacteria is needed to complete this science fair project. Consult the Microbiology Techniques and Troubleshooting guide for information on how to conduct microbiology experiments.|
|Material Availability||Specialty items, like the media to grow bacteria on, can be ordered from online vendors such as Carolina Biological Supply Company.|
|Cost||Average ($50 - $100)|
|Safety||Use sterile technique. Read the Microorganisms Safety Guide before starting any experiments. SRC approval may be necessary. Adult supervision is recommended.|
AbstractDid you know that a scientific study has shown that chewing Big Red Gum reduces mouth microbes? (ScienceDaily contributors, 2004) The cinnamon oil in the gum is a natural defense against mouth bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. Conduct an experiment to compare products with cinnamon essence in gum, candy, toothpaste, and mouthwash to see if they can decrease mouth germs. Do a before and after swab of the mouth with a Q-tip. Which treatments work the best? Can you find another useful ingredient in other natural oils or essences? What about peppermint, wintergreen, or spearmint?
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Last edit date: 2017-07-28
BibliographyScienceDaily contributors. (2004). Popular Chewing Gum Eliminates Bacteria That Cause Bad Breath. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 1, 2006, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/04/040401080031.htm
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