I'm trying to live a sugar-free life because I'm neurotic about cavities, but I can't live without my cakes and biscuits so I've found a bunch of recipes incorporating unsweetened fruit juice, applesauce, and Splenda. My question is, is Splenda safe for teeth? The ingredients are Sucralose and Maltodextrin - all the research I've done online states that those two ingredients do not cause tooth decay but I've also heard that anything ending in "ose" is sugar - please clear this up for me? Also, how long does a cavity take to form? Many thanks!

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 23 - June - 2009, at 20:10 PM

  • If you maintain good oral hyg and brush after consuming sugar products and visit your dentist after every 6 months then the chances of getting cavities decreases. You should not be very apprehensive about the cavities. Every thing in moderation is fine. Your body also needs sugar. Sugar is not the only culprit for cavity. Anything sticky can cause cavity. If you donot maintain good oral hyg and you have high caries index, even then you can get cavities. Cavities take few months to a year to develop as it is a slow process. If you want to know in detail about cariogenic diet and relation of diet and caries, then you can read the following articles from our website... http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-dental-caries-7.aspx

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