Tuesday, September 05, 2006

i give to you: sugar bugs

"Sugar bugs are adult bacteria that thrive on white refined sugar. Remains of sticky candy and other white sugar sweets attach in between the teeth and in the grooves of the teeth. The sugar bugs attack the remaining particles because they have the enzymes to digest the white sugar to use for energy. The sugar bug release byproducts of strong acids that eat through the enamel of the teeth... "

but now for the cool part.

"...The sugar bug dominates the environment and influences other remaining bacteria to become allies in decaying the teeth."

i couldn't find any pictures of these mouthy wonders. the closest thing that i found, resembling a scientific portrait is:


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