Tariq Drabu Welcomes the Development of a New Sweet Which May Aid Oral Health

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Tariq Drabu said, “The consumption of excessive amounts of sugar can be damaging to oral health. This new sweet claims to aid oral health.”

Tariq Drabu

Tariq Drabu

The sweet has been developed so that it allows for the bacteria which are harmful to teeth, to be swallowed and excreted from the body.

Tariq Drabu, the highly respected dentist and postgraduate teacher of dental medicine, was speaking recently form his renowned Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester. He is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and treatment Services for NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale.

As a respected and leading name in British dental medicine, Tariq Drabu is valued for his expert opinions on developments within the dental profession. He was speaking about one recently announced development. A new sweet has been developed which may aid oral health.

The article Tariq Drabu was referring to, which was published by the Denistry Today website, shares news of a new sweet which has been developed by a German firm, Organobalance GMBH. The article can be read here.

Tariq Drabu told us, “Organobalance GMBH will be launching their new sweet very soon. The company claims the sweet has the ability to tackle the harmful bacteria found in the mouth. While I acknowledge this sounds extremely interesting, I must warn consumers that even if effective, this sweet should not be used as a reason not to brush one’s teeth or follow a good oral hygiene plan. Use of the sweet is not a substitute for all the preventive measures that dentists have been advocated for many years."

Tariq Drabu has been serving as a family dentist and postgraduate teacher for over 25 years. He believes strongly in educating people about regular and correct oral hygiene. He continued by saying, “The sweet has been developed so that it allows for the bacteria which are harmful to teeth, to be swallowed and excreted from the body. If it is effective, this is a development which could help reduce the damage of sugary sweets on teeth. I am keen to read more about this new product.”

Tariq Drabu continued, “My concern is that people, especially young children, may get the impression that eating sweets is safe and oral hygiene is not important. This is most certainly not the case! All foods contain sugars and every day, the food that we eat can leave debris on our teeth and gums that can become harmful plaque, causing decay. In order to effectively combat tooth decay, we need to ensure patients understand the need for excellent oral hygiene. Brushing teeth twice a day, using a good quality mouth wash, and regular visits to the dentist have been proven to help combat tooth decay and oral disease.”

Tariq Drabu feels strongly that while this new sweet sounds extremely promising, care should be taken in how it is marketed so that it is not positioned as an alternative to regular oral hygiene. The sweets contain the probiotic bacteria called lactobacillus paracasei, which is released when the consumer sucks the sweet. The bacteria bind itself to the harmful bacteria present in the mouth, stopping it from adhering to the tooth enamel.

Tariq Drabu closed by saying, “The article indicates that studies show a significant number of participants showed lower levels of harmful bacteria after consuming one sweet. These results are valuable and encouraging, and I will be following the progress of this new product with interest. I am sure there will be further studies conducted. In the mean-time, I always welcome the development of any additional methods of fighting tooth decay.”

About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a highly experienced and well known Manchester dentist and GDC registrant. He is accredited as a Specialist in Oral Surgery by the General Dental Council. Dr Tariq Drabu practices at his Langley Dental Practice in Manchester. Dr Drabu is a leading name in dentistry, with more than 25 years’ experience in both general practice and hospital dentistry. Dr Tariq Drabu is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. He is a specialist staff member at The UCLan Dental Clinic in Preston.

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