Quote: One of Britons’ self-confessed worst habits – nose-picking – may actually be good for their health, new research suggests.
A poll in January revealed nose-picking is the second most common bad habit among British people.
A new study, however, may now encourage more people to have a good rummage in their nostrils, because bogies have been found to have a series of health benefits.
The study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, found that so-called ‘snots’ have a positive effect on teeth because they protect from cavity-causing bacteria.
While toothpaste and mouthwash kill the bacteria, bogies are effective because they are made of mucus, known as salivary mucins, which prevents bacteria from clasping onto your teeth altogether.
Researchers are now looking into possible ways of creating synthetic mucus to be turned into chewing gum or toothpaste to give people an analogous effect.
Looking forward to synthetic mucus