Is flavor component in dental product therapeutic?

Navaneetha Cugati


Dental and oral care products are available in different
flavors. Though flavoring is a marketing strategy for
luring consumers, its components does have benefit on
oral/dental tissues. Thus, it is necessary for the dental
health team to advice the right flavor of products,
which are palatable and equally therapeutic. This
article discusses the principal types, modes of activity,
benefits, and the possible allergic reactions of flavors.
The flavor compositions find application in a wide
range of consumer products, particularly oral care
consumer products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes,
chewing gum, confectionery, dental floss, dissolvable
mouth films, breath sprays, and breath-freshening
tablets as well as therapeutic dental product like
restorative materials, impression materials, isolators,
wedges, etc. Flavors are very important in consumer
acceptance, as its component principally impresses
the taste and smell senses. The U.S. Code of
Federal Regulations describes a ‘natural flavorant’ as
“theconstituents derived from a spice, fruit, vegetable,
edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or any other
edible portions of a plant, meat, seafood, poultry,
eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof,
whose primary function is flavoring rather than

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