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Jun

Stevia in the Fight against Dental Caries

Most people want their teeth to look beautiful and healthy. The most important reason for this is that the teeth are an important element of a good aesthetic appearance with their color and arrangement, which are visible during speaking and laughing and play an important role in having a good and well-groomed general appearance.

It is necessary to have healthy teeth for a beautiful smile, and people with dental health problems do not want to smile much. Smiling is an indication that you care about the person with whom you communicate and that you have feelings of love and respect towards them. A self-confident and sincere smile contributes to the success of our communication in both our private and professional lives and can open all doors for us like a magic key.

In addition to the aesthetic importance of the teeth, oral and dental health are of great importance for a healthy life. In cases where the mouth and teeth are unhealthy, many parts of the body can be adversely affected in terms of health. Tooth decay and gum diseases are not only limited to affecting the teeth, but also increase the risks of health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, stomach and intestinal diseases, diabetes mellitus, chronic respiratory diseases, and osteoporosis.

Many different types of bacteria live in our mouth. While some of these are beneficial for our dental health, some contribute to the decay process of the teeth. Tooth decay is a multifaceted process that requires two main components. These components are bacteria that are harmful to dental health and fermentable carbohydrates such as sugars or starches that are already in our mouth. When these two components come together, bacteria metabolize these carbohydrates into organic acid, which causes the erosion of tooth enamel.

These organic acids remove minerals from your tooth enamel, which is the shiny, protective outer layer of your teeth. This process is called demineralization. This repeated cycle causes mineral loss in tooth enamel. Over time, the structure of the tooth enamel deteriorates and cavities form on the surface of the tooth.

Although stevia extracts are sweet, they do not contain fermentable carbohydrates. Therefore, they are not metabolized to organic acid by harmful bacteria in the mouth. The Caries Research Journal has published a study that means stevia is non-acidogenic, meaning it is a tooth-friendly sweetener.

Stevia is non-cariogenic and does not cause tooth decay. It is a tooth-friendly sweetener derived from natural stevia leaves.

Reference

Ma, M. S., and N. G. Blanksma. “Stevia in the fight against dental caries.” Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde 122.1 (2015): 51-55.