Researchers in Germany may have devised a revolutionary sweet that reduces the amount of cavity causing bacteria on our teeth. If successful, this could help in the fight against tooth decay, enamel damage, gum disease and the maintenance of good dental hygiene during the dental implant aftercare process.
The inside of the mouth is a balance of good and bad bacteria and we clean our teeth to remove as much of the cavity causing bad bacteria as we can, leaving a healthy environment for good bacteria to develop, thrive and protect our teeth and gums.
When we eat, the food is broken down by our teeth and some of this is left on our teeth, this is often referred to as plaque. This plaque contains different strains of bacteria and can stay on our teeth for a long period of time, eventually releasing acids that break down the enamel of our teeth and wear away our gums.
This is why it’s important to remove this bad bacteria by using fluoride rich toothpaste twice a day, along with flossing and chewing sugar-free gum after meals.
Further to this established routine, researchers from the Berlin based company Organoblance GmbH in Germany have now devised a sugar-free sweet that contains dead bacteria that clings to bad bacteria, reducing it’s impact. This helps in the fight of reducing cavities by maximising the good bacteria and minimising the bad.
In their research, published in Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins, they claim that when this sweet was used by subjects in their trial, bad bacteria was reduced, reducing the risk of the release of acids that cause the aforementioned damage.
We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this as it develops and it may well turn out to be an addition to a future characterised by developments in medical science. But for now, it’s important to maintain a good dental routine centred around brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least 3 times a week throughout your lifetime.
This is including, during and after having dental implant treatment as it is important to keep the area clean and healthy to ensure the stability of the implant. If you have any questions about your daily dental routine and maintaining good oral hygiene with your Implant treatment, please contact us via our website or call us directly on 01582 518 100.