A ‘vitamins pill’ that works as a natural mouth rinse has been made available in China, according to an article in the Chinese medical journal The Lancet.
The pills are currently available in the UK and in the US, where they are sold under the brand name ‘Vitamin R’.
The pills were developed in the 1970s by the British chemist John Garlow, who became famous for the “vitamin rinsing” product known as the “Garlow bottle”.
Chinese medicine researcher, Dr. Dong Yang said the pills work as an effective natural mouth-rinse by stopping cavities, and by using a mixture of vitamin D and zinc to make the water in the pill dissolve into a solution that can be washed down with a hot wash of water.
Dr. Yang, who is also the chief executive of the Chinese Association for the Treatment of Skin Diseases, said the “powder” was “not cheap” at around US$4, but could be a lifesaver for some people.
“You just need to apply a small amount to your mouth, it’s very effective,” Dr. Gong said.
“When you wash it down with water, it dissolves very well.”
The company is hoping to start manufacturing the pill in China in 2018.
Dr. Gong, who has also researched vitamin supplements, said there were more than 2,000 ingredients in the pills, and the company was working on making it available in other Asian countries.
Chinese government regulations are stricter than those in the West, and there are also concerns that the pills could be addictive.
The new pill, which Dr. Wong said cost about US$3,000 to produce, has been developed at a university in southern China.
Its makers say it is safe, and it works in combination with other natural rinses to stop the production of plaque and prevent the formation of cavities.
They have also tested its effectiveness against cavities in rats, mice and humans.
There are also plans to expand production of the pill worldwide, as China continues to push for the country to get back into the global health arena, with the aim of ending chronic disease.
However, Chinese regulators are concerned that the pill could pose a public health risk and restrict its availability, Dr Yang said.
In the meantime, there are some alternatives to the pill, like Vitamin E, that are currently in widespread use in China.