One of the most common questions dentists are asked by parents is what to do to keep teeth and gums healthy. This question relates widely to caries prevention. People with physical and mental disabilities are at high risk for dental diseases. The most common oral and dental diseases among the disabled are bleeding of the […]
Jana Olak Professor in University of Tartu, Institute of Dentistry Tooth cavities, also known as caries, are one of the most common diseases in humans, and most of the time, the sequence of cavity forming process begins already by childhood. Although there are hundreds of different germs in the mouth, the germ Streptococcus mutans […]
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is found in many fruits. Bacteria inhabiting our oral cavity are unable to break it down, unlike crystalline white sugar. Therefore, after ingestion of xylitol no acid attacks occur, that could weaken the tooth surface. Moreover, the bacteria that cause caries fall into energy shortage and will not multiply.