Published on February 5, 2014

New sweets in the fight against tooth decay

New sweets in the fight against tooth decay

Figures revealed by the British Dental Association in the autumn of 2013 show that tooth decay among children is still a big problem, with 27.9% of five-year-olds in England affected by the condition.

The first line of advice that you would normally give to a child with evidence of tooth decay is to reduce their intake of sweets and sugary foods. With most kids, this is not an easy task! But what if there were sweets that could actually help to fix the problem?

Introducing Organobalance GMBH, a German firm that has invented a new type of sweet containing a probiotic bacteria which actually fights tooth decay.

When you suck on the sweet, the probiotic bacteria are released into the mouth and bind with harmful bacteria, such as streptococcus mutans, preventing them from sticking to the gum line and enamel. The harmful bacteria are instead swallowed and then excreted from the body.

In a study featured in the Journal of Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, 75% of 60 participants showed significantly lower levels of streptococcus mutans after consuming just one sweet.

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