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Children who pick their noses are happier and healthier, claim scientists

While it may seem like bad manners, research suggests that letting your little one pick their nose and then pop their snotty fingers into their mouth is actually a good thing!

Yep, you read that correct! Sounds pretty gross right?!

In fact, these kids are happier and healthier, confirm a study.

Children who pick their noses are happier and healthier, claims study
Letting your little one pick their nose and then pop their boogie-fingers into their mouth may be a good thing. Source: iStock

Stop telling your children to stop picking their nose, say experts!

Experts reveal that when your child sticks their little fingers up their nostrils and puts it into their mouth, they are actually helping to create a natural mucus barrier on their teeth – which fends off harmful bacteria that can cause cavities.  

Research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology reveals that mucus prevents bacteria from latching onto our teeth in the first place and toothpaste and mouthwash kill the bacteria once it’s on your teeth.

Mucus chewing gum is being invented!

These findings has led researchers into engineering a synthetic mucus that could be added to toothpaste and chewing gum. (Yup,  you read that right. Snotty chewing gum. YUK!)

As gross as it sounds, scientists believe the mucus chewing gum or toothpaste could also defend against stomach ulcers, respiratory problems and even HIV.

Children who pick their noses are happier and healthier, claims study
Mucus may stop cavities forming in teeth. Source: iStock

Katharina Ribbeck, who was a co-authour of the study, told ozy.com that synthetic mucus might be a better alternative to antibiotics as it prevents infection.

Cavities form in our teeth when bacteria clings to it, but mucus may stop this by creating a film over the teeth.

Would you try mucus chewing gum to help your teeth? Maybe it’d be more popular if it didn’t taste like snot. What do you reckon?

Meanwhile, here are seven tricks to get your kids to brush their teeth.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.