“Melting Candy” Tooth Treatment Has No Merit

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Social media posts claim that a probiotic “melting candy” can restore teeth and gums and prevent major dental procedures. It’s wrong; there is no clinical evidence to support the use of the product and it has not been approved for any dental therapy.

“I’m so confident in my smile now. I’ve saved my teeth and gums. This new ‘melting candy’ melts in my mouth and rebuilds gums and teeth,” says a Facebook post Publish of July 23, 2022, which links to a video presentation with testimonials on a supplement named ProDentim.

The post describes a “natural way to regrow teeth and gums”. Similar messages were shared on Facebook and instagramsome testimonials claiming that the product has eliminated the need for dental implants or other procedures.

Screenshot of a Facebook post taken on August 5, 2022

But there is no clinical basis to support these claims, according to periodontics experts and the American Dental Association (ADA).

“Although there is some evidence that probiotics can interact with oral health, whether they can cure gum disease or reverse enamel loss or anything definitive like that has not been established,” the ADA said in a statement sent by email.

The advertisements – some of which do not mention the product name – make claims that are “not substantiated or substantiated by evidence”, according to the ADA’s Institute of Science and Research.

The institute stated that since the product is a dietary product extra charge, it cannot be marketed using specific health claims. The supplements can only be said to “support” different functions in the body, the ADA noted.

Angelo Mariotti, chair of periodontology at the Ohio State University College of Dentistry, said there was no “confirmatory evidence” on the effectiveness of the product promoted in the advertisements.

Mariotti said the video presentation of the company’s founder, an otolaryngologist, makes no reference to the man double blind clinical tests.

“He makes it look like you’ll never have to see the dentist again,” Mariotti told AFP. “It’s very concerning. I don’t think it’s in the public interest to ignore your health by not seeing the dentist.”

The ADA regularly reviews new techniques and therapies and provides a “seal of acceptanceto proven products. If the product was effective, Mariotti said, “the company could apply for a seal of acceptance” to market it more widely.

“I don’t know of any pharmacological agent that can regrow gingival (gum) tissue,” he added.

Mary Beth Aichelmann-Reidyassociate director of postgraduate periodontics at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, also denied the allegations.

“This product does not regrow teeth, gums or eliminate the need for dental care,” Aichelmann-Reidy told AFP.

“When I look at their advertising and provide references, there is no scientific support for their statements… The key to successful treatment is the mechanical removal of plaque. I can’t find support legit for this product and I searched the literature on probiotics.”

There is no known method to “regenerate” teeth, but some experiences use of stem cells have shown promise, according to the researchers.

AFP has already verified other unproven medical treatments here and here.

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