According to msnbc.com researchers at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine say you can eat a special candy that will prevent cavities! Apparently the research was done in Venezuela for 1 year, where they found 61.7% less cavities in children who ate this candy even over children who had good brushing habits and took the “placebo” mint!
Here’s the details: “Children in the study were testing the effectiveness of BasicMints, an experimental fluoride-free treatment designed to mimic a component in human saliva that neutralizes acids in the mouth that can erode tooth enamel. The researchers developed the active compound in the mints known as CaviStat, tested them in 200 children in Venezuela aged 10 1/2 to 11 who were getting their adult molars but still had some baby teeth left. The soft mints are designed to be dissolved and chewed into the biting surfaces of the back teeth, where about 90 percent of cavities in children occur.” –Journal of Clinical Dentistry.
The Experiment: The children were divided among two groups. The first group of children brushed their teeth every morning and every night. Each time they would take two “medicated” -project mints. The second group was assigned to brush their teeth two times a day, and took regular/plain/sugarless mints. Each group brushed with fluoride toothpaste.
“Unlike regular candies, we want this product to be stuck in the teeth,” said Mitchell Goldberg, president of Ortek Therapeutics Inc, a privately held company in Roslyn Heights, New York, that licensed the technology from Stony Brook.
So go check it out! Now, don’t mix up the fact that research has proven you can eat candy without harming your teeth because that statement is false! It is a SPECIALLY designed candy that helps prevent cavities. But yes, for fun, you can tell your parents that candy isn’t so bad after all ;).