Finally -- a candy that won’t cause cavities?

Jul 21 2014

Finally — a candy that won’t cause cavities?

Finally — a candy that won’t cause cavities?

From M&Ms to Snickers, Skittles and Gummi Bears, kids have loved candy for as long as the sugary snack has been around.

And for as long as kids have loved candy, parents and dentists alike have warned kids that eating too much will not only give them a bellyache, but will also cause cavities.

As dentists at Scripps Pediatric Dentistry, we unfortunately see cavities in kids of all ages that come as a result of among other factors, candy and a variety of sugary foods. But recently, a German candy manufacturer claimed to have created a product that may debunk the warnings that moms, dads and health care professionals have doled out for years by inventing a candy that it claims won’t cause cavities.

The candy is from Berlin-based biotech lab Organo Balance. Those at the lab say the candy won’t lead to cavities because tooth decay and cavities are caused by a bacteria in food called Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria attaches to the surface of the teeth, then slowly releases an acid that dissolves tooth enamel.

However, there’s another type of bacteria called Lactobacillus paracasei that has a sugar on its surface that binds to the Streptococcus mutans and blocks it from attaching to teeth.

Those at Organo Balance claim they engineered a candy featuring a dead version of Lactobacillus paracasei that doesn’t cause any harm and still sticks to the bad bacteria, minimizing the risk of cavities.

At the moment, the candy is not available in the U.S. (sorry San Diego moms and dads, you’ll have to wait). And even if the candy company’s claims that its product doesn’t create cavities are true, we still advise all for kids – and their parents – to brush and floss daily. Follow this simple rule – brush two minutes, two times each day. Start flossing daily as soon as two teeth touch each other. Use fluoride and don’t forget to visit your dentist twice each year.

 

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