August 6, 2012

Cavity-Fighting Mint Candy

Posted in Dental News & Updates at 6:25 am by queenqueer

A new mint candy is said to be developed by oral biologists to fight cavities. This mint candy contains Cavistat, which neutralizes the acid from sugars and raises the pH level in the mouth to help prevent tooth decay.

Sugar is one of the main sources of cavity. That means whenever you eat sweets, expect bacteria build up in the mouth.

Kids who ate two mints twice a day for one year had 68 percent fewer cavities in their molars than children who didn’t chew the mints.

“The number of cavities, we think that ultimately is going to get to almost zero,” Dr. Kleinberg said.

That would bring a smile to just about everyone’s face.

All the ingredients in the mints are natural and considered foods, so the product doesn’t need FDA approval.

WHAT DOES IT DO? BasicMints contain Cavistat, a cavity-fighting agent that includes two major components. Cavistat disrupts oral chemistry and biology in two ways. First, it introduces an amino acid called arginine to the mouth. When bacteria in the mouth break the arginine down, it neutralizes the acid generated by sugars in food, which reduces the amount of acid in the mouth and helps prevent damage to teeth. Additionally the Cavistat adds other chemical compounds that protect the minerals that make up teeth from dissolving.

Source: Science Daily

 

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