Fighting Cavities with Candy?

Hard CandyAt any given moment, your mouth is teeming with bacteria. This may sound like a nightmare, but there is a balanced eco-system of good and bad bacteria. The purpose of oral hygiene is to reduce as many of the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease as possible. Imagine if candy, the very thing most of us see as teeth’s number one enemy, could actually help keep your mouth tooth decay free. New research and the development of a sugar-free candy with positive dental benefits has been released, as Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will highlight.

German Research Takes on Oral Bacteria

A research team from the Berlin-based firm Organobalance GmbH, Germany was at the helm of the research and development of the amazing new candy that has proven to reduce levels of detrimental germs in the mouths of study volunteers. Results published in Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins examined the benefits of using dead bacteria which binds to harmful bacteria, thereby reducing tooth decay. This is great news for oral health as well as oral-systemic health (the belief that germs in your mouth enter your body and exacerbate dangerous health conditions from Alzheimer’s to heart disease to certain cancers).

Results of the Study

After you consume a meal, germs in your mouth are also fed through anything you have eaten containing sucrose (sugar). This includes carbohydrates. The sugary meal they eat allows germs to produce and release acid onto your teeth. This demineralizes your protective tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. By forcing the harmful bacteria to bind with certain dead germs, they cannot reattach to your teeth and are washed away by your saliva. The study participants each ate five specially formulated candies during a 1.5-day period. During this time, they were banned from any dental hygiene and could not eat any foods or drink beverages which contained probiotics. Three-quarters of the volunteers proved to have markedly lower levels of the bacteria that cause cavities in their saliva at the end of the research.

Dental Checkups from Farmington Hills Dentist

If you have any questions about dental facts or myths, discuss them with your Farmington Hills dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. Call your Farmington Hills dentist at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with 48335 dentist office today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.