Candy That Protects Against Cavities?

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 6:29 pm

Can there really be a candy that protects against cavities? It seems researchers have created a candy that can lower the bad bacteria in your mouth without harming the good bacteria.

We have lots of bacteria in our mouths and some are good for us and others cause tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers created a candy that contained dead bacteria, L.paracasei, that bind to live bacteria and prevent cavities. The study showed that the participants who ate the candy had 75% less of a certain bacteria in their mouths than the control group.

This study doesn’t mean they will market a candy like this, but it does give researchers better ideas about how to protect the good bugs in our mouths while controlling the bad ones.

Tooth decay happens when the bacteria in our mouths release acids which damage the surface of the tooth. Current toothpastes and mouthrinses that are designed to kill bacteria can’t differentiate between the good bugs and the bad ones. Finding a way to control or kill only the bacteria that negatively affect our health would be a huge step forward.

Protect Yourself Against Tooth Decay

You can protect yourself against tooth decay, without eating candy laced with dead bacteria! Brush every day with fluoride toothpaste, use a soft bristle toothbrush and brush for 2 minutes each time. FLOSS! If you aren’t flossing it is like not brushing 40% of your teeth. Even if you can’t motivate yourself to floss for cavity prevention and gum health — just think about all that stuff in between your teeth that the toothbrush can’t reach. Your breath will be much fresher if your teeth are completely clean!

Do you ever run your tongue over your teeth and they feel kind of fuzzy? You aren’t imaging things, this is a biofilm that is made up of bacteria, food debris and saliva. Removing this biofilm is important because if not removed every day it can harden into a substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. If this tartar is left on teeth then gum disease will result because of the safe haven for bacteria that has formed at and below the gum line.

Schedule your next visit by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.

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