Written on March 8, 2014, by North Creek Dental Care
Our mouths are inhabited by both good and bad bacteria. We brush our teeth to remove the cavity-causing bacteria while allowing the beneficial oral bacteria to thrive. A team of researchers in Germany, published in Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, have now developed a sugar-free candy that contains dead bacteria which bind with bad bacteria. The result is that the candy eats bad bacteria in the mouth which may potentially reduce cavities.
When we eat, bacteria on the surface of the teeth release acid which can dissolve the tooth enamel and lead to cavities. The team of researchers believe that binding M. streptococci with L. paracasei bacteria it will prevent the bad bacteria from reattaching to teeth so it is instead washed away by saliva.
In the study 60 subjects were given candy. A third of the subjects received 1 mg of L. paracasei, another third received 2 mg of L. paracasei and the final group received a placebo candy with no bacteria. Subjects ate a total of five candies during the day and a half study and were not allowed to perform any dental hygiene activities. They were also not allowed to consume coffee, tea, wine or probiotic foods.
Nearly 75% of participants who ate candies with good bacteria had “significantly lower” levels of bad bacteria in their saliva than before and compared to the control group.
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