A new, sugar-free brand of sweets has been developed to fight bacteria that cause tooth-decay
This harmful bacteria feeds on sugar in the foods we eat, and then releases acid, which burns through tooth enamel.
The friendly bacteria is released whilst sucking the sweet; this friendly bacteria then binds itself to the harmful microbes, reducing their ability to bind to the surface of the teeth and start the process of erosion.
The lactobacilli group of bacteria has been known to have a positive effect on digestion, nutrient absorption and reducing levels of harmful microorganisms in the body.
The sweets, which were developed by a German company, could be marketed toward children in a bid to prevent the early development of tooth decay. Currently, the cost of treatment for children with rotten teeth in Britain totals £45 million annually.
Statistics in a recent study show that teenagers have an average of 2.5 teeth removed or filled due to decay by the age of 15, and one in four children have developed tooth decay by the age of five.
Regular brushing and flossing is the most effective way to fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.
Both activities reduce plaque which is where harmful bacteria breed.
Excessive Sugar Consumption Can Cause Dental and Health Problems Consuming too much sugar has long been associated with a wide range of diseases, from type 2 diabetes to tooth decay. Have a look at our hidden sugars list to see how sugar is creeping in to your diet.
Experts have been warning that sugar intake should be controlled and reduced to no more than 10% of one’s daily calorie intake.
Study confirms that sugar is bad for our teeth This statement was at the core of new research conducted by academics at the University of Newcastle. They found that cutting sugar intake to a maximum of five teaspoons a day can prevent tooth decay.
For more than two decades, the World Health Organisation has advised people to consume no more than 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of “free sugars”.
Medically reviewed & updated on December 15, 2021