The potential of sugar-free beverages, sugar-free confectionery and sports drinks to cause dental erosion
Although the link between sugar and dental caries is widely recognised, dental erosion - another damaging dental condition - is less well known and is caused by some foods and beverages that are perceived by consumers to be healthy. This briefing paper summarises recent erosion studies carried out in the Oral Health CRC.
Clinical trial of CPP-ACP in sugar-free chewing gum
In one of the largest oral health clinical trials conducted in Australia, 270 students chewed sugar-free gum three times a day for two years. The study found that subjects who chewed gum containing the calcium phosphate complex CPP-ACP (casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate) had significantly lower rates of dental decay progression on approximal surfaces than whote who chewed a standard sugar-free gum.
Clinical trial of Tooth Mousse on white spot lesions
White spot lesions are the first visible sign of tooth decay and are more prevalent in people with orthodontic brackets, or braces. In this clilnical trial, the effect of the treatment of Tooth Mousse was tested on orthodontic patients who had multiple white spot lesions immediately following the removal of fixed brackets.