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German Toothfriendly Association is launching new smartphone application "Zahnfreundlich" to educate dental professionals about Toothfriendly nutrition.

App23. March 2017, Cologne - Consumers may not know which foods are optimal for oral health, but dentists should - that's the thinking behind a new digital platform which coaches dental professionals about food choices.

The smartphone technology makes it easy to fit continued education around other work, and nutritional councelling can be used effectively with a variety of patient groups. The app also awards professional users with credit points for successfully passed exams.

The learning modules of the app include topis such as sweeteners, food acids, product labelling and the role of saliva in plaque acid neutralization. The modules are developed by Aktion Zahnfreundlich e.V. and presented by Prof. Stefan Zimmer, the President of the association and Professor of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Witten/Herdecke in Germany.

The "Zahnfreundlich" app can be downloaded free by iPhone/iPad and Android users.

 

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Experience all new Toothfriendly products and services at the International Dental Show in Cologne 21-25. March 2017.

Toothfriendly is exhibiting in a joined booth with the German Dental Chamber (Bundeszahnärztekammer) – visit us at the hall 11.2, O/P 50/59. The German Toothfriendly team will be presenting product novelties as well as a brand new Toothfriendly app targeted at dental hygienists and other oral health professionals.
The International Dental Show (IDS) is the world's largest dental trade fair. In 2017, the show is expected to attract over 130‘000 dental professionals around the world. Opening hours are daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cologne!

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Toothfriendly International will exhibit at the ISM confectionery fair taking place in Cologne 29.1-1.2.2017. On its stand, the Toothfriendly team will present new product concepts that combine dental benefits with the great taste.

Mentos Ice Cup chewing gums and Impact Fresh mints are among this year’s product novelties carrying the Toothfriendly label. Besides confectionery, a wide range of Toothfriendly-certified oral care products, beverages, spoon-for-spoon sweeteners, pacifiers and medicinal products will be showcased at the booth.

The Toothfriendly booth is located in the aisle between halls 10 and 11. We are looking forward to meet you in Cologne!

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Consumers bought more Toothfriendly products in most markets in 2015, but it's not just because there are more products available; they are also more conviced to avoid sugar, researchers have found.

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22. November 2016, Basel - According to new consumer study commissioned by BENEO, 57 percent of consumers polled said they actively try to cut their sugar intake. A healthy diet (58 percent), weight management (56 percent) as well as tooth decay (37 percent) were named by respondents as concrete reasons to limit sugar intake.

On the other hand, respondents said they are not prepared to completely forego sugar, with taste beign the number one reason at 58 percent. Twenty-four percent said sugar provides essential energy and 20 percent indicated that sugar acts as "mood food". About two out of three respondents agreed that naturally derived sugars from fruits, vegetables and plants are healthier (64 percent). A similar number also said they preferred natural sugars to low calorie sweeteners (65 percent).

The study of 1000 U.S. consumers, commissioned by BENEO, was conducted by Ipsos, one of the world's leading market research firms.

 

Carrefour hosts Toothfriendly road show in its Istanbul malls.

Istanbul, 11 November 2016 - Families visiting the largest shopping centers of Istanbul in November have the chance to spend their day promoting oral health. The partnering trio – Carrefour, Toothfriendly International and Colgate - say the oral health event is an opportunity to give kids and their parents a fun way to learn about the importance of oral health.

Games included giant toothbrushes and art & craft sessions with a real Toothfairy. Dozens of children queued up for free give-aways and game sessions. The event runs through whole month of November in all Carrefour malls of Istanbul.

"I think the best and most important thing is that we're doing it for our community," said event coordinator Selda Alemdar of Toothfriendly Turkey. "It's free, we have great prizes, all they have to do is participate and learn about oral health, and it just brings oral health educators and families together in a very positive way."

 

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Taxing sugary beverages could reduce sugar consumption and caries increment, claims a recent German study published in Journal of Dental Research.

soft drinksOctober 11, 2016, Basel - According to the study, the greatest reduction in caries increment (>10%) was expected in males from low- or middle-income backgrounds. The researchers concluded that implementing a 20% tax on sugary beverages in Germany would be likely to reduce caries increment especially in young low-income males.

Many dental professionals remain sceptical though.

«I doubt that a sugar tax will change bad dietary habits significantly, and particularly not in those segments of the population who would need it most», says Dr. Albert Bär, Executive Director of Toothfriendly International. «Changing behavioral habits is achieved in the first place by proper and balanced information. Introducing a sugar tax in certain foods may help reduce total intake somewhat but it will never have the same impact as information-mediated and emotion-driven modification of eating habits will have.»

Both industry and consumers would benefit more from nutrition education and positive labeling initiatives, such as the Toothfriendly certification mark for non-cariogenic and non-erosive products, believes Dr. Bär.

 

A recent CLYMBOL study found that around one quarter of food products in Europe carry health claims.

Bonherba web13 November 2015, Basel - Researchers from the EU-funded project CLYMBOL (“Role of health-related CLaims and sYMBOLs in consumer behaviour”) analysed how often and what type of claims and symbols were found on food package and found that one quarter (26%) of all products carried at least one claim. Most of these claims were nutrition claims (64%), followed by health claims (29%) and only 6% health-related ingredient claims.

In this study the researchers sampled and purchased over 2000 food and drink products, in order to extract and analyse all information available on their packaging. The study was performed in five European countries (DE, ES, NL, SI, UK), making it the first cross-country study analysing and comparing the status-quo of claims on food and drink products in Europe and beyond. The results inform policy makers and help monitor the use of claims across Europe.

See here the full article.

 

Exposure to tobacco smoke during early childhood increases the risk of dental caries later in life, claims a comprehensive Japanese study.

13 June, 2016, Basel - In a study of over 76´000 Japanese children published in BMJ (2015;351:h5397), exposure to tobacco smoke during infancy was associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of caries in deciduous teeth. The risk of caries was also increased by 1.5-fold among infants exposed to smoking in the household, whereas the effect of maternal smoking during pregnancy was only 1.1-fold.

Although these findings do not establish causality, they demonstrate that poor parental health behaviour is also reflected in the dental health of their children. Therefore, for best benefits, health education should reach both parents and children. 

The full study can be downloaded from here.

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While consumers are being encouraged to cut back on the amount of sugar they eat, dental experts say: it’s not the just amount but also the frequency that matters. Also, new healthier sugars are on the horizon.

27 January, 2016, Basel - Eating too much sugar, says WHO, may lead to dental problems or obesity which can cause heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Not all experts agree to this, however.

„The new WHO guidelines are too simplified“, says Dr. Albert Bär of Toothfriendly International. „Sugar is not bad by definition, but the way some people consume certain sugars is bad for health“, he states.
For starters, there is no such thing as the sugar. Sugar in the chemical sense of the word stands for a number of substances with similar chemical characteristics but widely different physiological properties in terms of bioavailable calories, dental properties, glycemic effect as well as absorption from the gut.

The energy value of different sugars varies from about 0.5-4 kcal/g, the glycemic index from 0-100%, the sweetness from 20% to 100% (sucrose as a reference). In other words, a number of sugars with widely differing properties are encompassed by the chemical term „sugars“.

In its guidelines, WHO does not take into consideration various types of sugar but rather talks about free sugars. They are defined by the WHO Nutrition Guidance Advisory Group as follows: Free sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit.

According to Dr. Bär, the WHO report quite wrongly evokes in the consumers mind that everything that is sugar chemically is equally bad nutritionally. Ignoring the differences between sugars, with regard to both nutritional effects and health effects, i.e. the lumping together of all sugars in the category of „sugars“ for the purpose of nutritional labelling, further cements a wrong perception and indeed misleads consumers about the food they eat.

Also, the term free sugars is problematic as it stipulates a general difference between naturally occurring and industrially added sugars for which there is little if any evidence.

„Furthermore, the WHO report relies completely on the amount of sugar, not the frequency of sugar intake“, critizises Dr. Bär. „ From dental perspective, this is not the whole truth: teeth are rather effected by the frequency of sugar consumption than by the sheer amount. Sipping a soda throughout the afternoon is more harmful than drinking the whole can at one go.“

According to Dr. Bär, either sugar bashing in the media nor a sugar tax will change bad dietary habits significantly, and particularly not in those segments of the population who would need it most. Changing behavioral habits is achieved in the first place by proper and balanced information. Reducing sugar in certain foods may help reduce total intake somewhat but it will never have the same impact as information mediated and emotion driven modification of eating habits will have.

“We need positive campaigns which highlight the healthier alternatives“, suggests Dr. Bär. “And the food industry should be seen as a partner, not the villain.“

 

 

Toothfriendly International will exhibit at the ISM confectionery fair taking place in Cologne 31.1-3.2.2016.

Ricola candies, Smint lozenges and Mentos chewing gums are among the over 100 products carrying the Toothfriendly label around the world. Besides confectionery, a wide range of Toothfriendly-certified oral care products, beverages, spoon-for-spoon sweeteners, pacifiers and medicinal products will be showcased at the booth.

The Toothfriendly booth is located in the aisle between halls 10 and 11. We are looking forward to meet you in Cologne!

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According to new study, consumers begin to distinguish between "good" and "bad" carbs.

Sugar salt small12 September, 2015, Basel - New quantitative consumer research commissioned by functional ingredients manufacturer BENEO shows that consumers perceive sugar as both a ‘friend and foe’ in their nutrition. Consumers’ main motivation for sugar reduction in their nutrition was because of its negative effects on their health.

58% of those respondents who wanted to eat less sugar said that their major driver was to control their weight. Also, the detrimental long-term effects of sugar consumption such as diabetes were a concern, being mentioned by nearly one out of three consumers who were trying to cut their sugar intake. Although wanting to reduce the amount of sugar consumed, respondents were not prepared to forego the feeling of sugar-like indulgence: 60% said that they ate sugar because they liked the taste and one out of three participants (33%) responded that sugar improved their overall mood.

Despite consumers seeing the benefits of less sugar intake, they also recognised that carbohydrates are the major energy source for body and brain. 46% of respondents stated that the main reason they consumed carbohydrates was that they "give energy".

At the same time, consumers are starting to differentiate between different types of carbohydrate, with more than one out of two participants making a distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ carbohydrates.

Read more about the study here.

 

 
The Toothfriendly team won the hearts of Thai visitors at the annual World Dental Congress in Bangkok.
 
 
Over 1000 FDI World Dental Congress visitors signed a petition to endorse the Toothfriendly initiative in Thailand. The signatures were collected at the booth which Toothfriendly International co-shared with Thailand’s largest public health lobby, Thai Health promotion Foundation.
  
„Thailand is a key market for us and we aim to have a strong presence here one day“, confirms Laia Grao of Toothfriendly International. „We already have a pH-telemetry laboratory located here in Bangkok coupled with an active local association.“  
 
According to Grao, the annual FDI fair is a great opportunity for Toothfriendly International to meet opinion leaders and dental professionals from all over the world. „We are able to promote Toothfriendly products and expand our own network of supporters and members – it’s a win-win.“
 
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Toothfriendly issues new guidelines for the certification of children’s toothpaste.

 

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To help parents identify high-quality toothpaste for their children,  Toothfriendly International has adopted general provisions for the certification of children’s toothpastes. The new guidelines have been laid down and accepted by a panel of independent, qualified experts convened and consulted by Toothfriendly International.

According to the new guidelines, the active ingredient in toothpastes should be bioavailable fluoride.

The fluoride content and the recommended conditions of use are as follows:

From eruption of the first tooth to the second birthday:
Fluoride content: 500 – 1000 ppm
Recommended use:
at 500 ppm: pea-size amount (about 250 mg), once per day
at >500 ppm: smear (about 100 mg), once per day.

From the second to the sixth birthday:
Fluoride content: 500 – 1000 ppm
Recommended use: pea-size amount (about 250 mg), twice per day.

From the sixth to the twelfth birthday:
Fluoride content: 1000 – 1500 ppm
Recommended use: pea-size amount (about 250 mg), three times per day.

The terms „pea-size“ and „smear“ should be illustrated on the toothpaste tube, its cardboard box or an inserted leaflet.
Furthermore, the instructions of use shall be clearly legible as well as shown prominently on the toothpaste tube.

The new guidelines can be downloaded from here.

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Toothfriendly International is a non-profit association working for better oral health. For more information, to discuss Toothfriendly certification or to set up an interview with Toothfriendly International, please contact us.

 

 

Aktion Zahnfreundlich e.V. celebrates 30 years of oral health promotion. 

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Aktion Zahnfreundlich e.V. celebrates 30 years of oral health promotion.

The year was 1985: the Berlin Wall was still dividing Germany, the Euro was a distant dream and sugar-free chewing gum only a recent novelty. It was also the year when a group of prevention-minded dentists teamed up for a German Toothfriendly initiative. Since thirty years, the “Zahnmännchen” label – the smiling tooth under a protective umbrella – is the association’s guide to products which are guaranteed safe for teeth.

Established to promote oral health, Aktion Zahnfreundlich e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany. It was founded in 1985, building on the experience of the Swiss initiative with similar mission. The association’s main function is to promote products – confectionery, beverages, OTC medicine – which are not harmful for teeth. In order to carry the association’s “Toothfriendly” label, the products have to be scientifically tested and proven to be without significant cariogenic and erosive potential. Based on the measurement of the pH of dental plaque, the test is a standardized one carried out by three appointed independent university institutes.

According to the association’s Country Manager Hedi von Bergh, the group brings together the interests of the consumers, health professionals and the industry. For consumers the “Zahnmännchen” label serves as a reliable guide to toothfriendly confectionery; for dentists it offers a means for providing positive dietary advice about confectionery to patients, and for the confectionery industry, the logo represents a quality mark that helps communicate the product’s and the company’s engagement for better dental health.

For more information, see www.zahnmaennchen.de 

 

The new WHO guideline recommends to reduce daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total enery intake. 

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To reduce the risk of obesity and tooth decay, the new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. This translates to about 50g a day for an adult of normal weight.

Dental professionals around the world welcome the new WHO recommendation.

Paula Moynihan, Professor of Nutrition and Oral Health at Newcastle University, said: "The less sugar you eat, the lower your risk of dental decay."

Laia Grao of Toothfriendly International, Switzerland, stated: “Consumers need options to refined sugar. Fortunately, sucrose is not the only sweetener available. It is up to the food industry to formulate healthier products with alternative sweeteners.”

Is Caries a Big Issue?

In its new guideline document, the WHO points particularly to the strong association between the intake of free sugars and dental caries. Although exposure to fluoride reduces dental caries at a given age, states WHO, it does not completely prevent dental caries, and dental caries still progresses in populations exposed to fluoride.

According to the WHO, dental diseases are the most prevalent noncommunicable diseases globally and, although great improvements in prevention and treatment of dental diseases have occurred in the past decades, problems still persist, causing pain, anxiety, functional limitation (including poor school attendance and performance in children) and social handicap through tooth loss. The treatment of dental diseases is expensive, consuming 5–10% of health-care budgets in industrialized countries, and would exceed the entire financial resources available for the health care of children in most low income countries.

Read the new WHO Guideline here.

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Toothfriendly International is a non-profit association working for better oral helath. For more information, please contact us.

 

The 26th General Assembly decides to expand the certification scheme to further oral care products.

KidstoothbrushesKopieFebruary 27, 2015 

A milestone decision recognizing the need to endorse oral care products – e.g. toothbrushes, tooth paste – according to clearly specified, measurable criteria – has been adopted by the 26th General Assembly of Toothfriendly International held last week in Basel, Switzerland.

The General Assembly of Toothfriendly International is a two-day event where registered delegates – a unique combination of business leaders, scientists and dental NGOs – discuss and vote on various agenda issues. This year, the Assembly made a consensus decision to expand the existing certification scheme to new product groups.

Dr. Albert Bär, Executive Director of Toothfriendly International, states:

Our brand promise is to make healthy choices easy choices, and this is something that we have successfully been doing with non-cariogenic confectionery products for more than thirty years. But now it is time to focus on other pillars of caries prevention – oral care products and dental services – in order to increase the scope and impact of our association.

The Toothfriendly quality seal is still one of the most wide-spread certification schemes for confectionery products worldwide but its growth has slowed down in the recent years due to economic downturn and the increasing complexity of national food regulation.

The consensus vote of the General Assembly places expansion firmly on the association’s agenda. An independent scientific expert group is called to meet in June 2015 to define the inclusion criteria for new products and services.

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Toothfriendly International is a non-profit association working for better oral health. For more information, to discuss Toothfriendly certification or to set up an interview with Toothfriendly International, please contact us.

 

New Product Launches at ISM Reflect an Uptick in Commitment to Toothfriendly Certification.

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At this year’s ISM confectionery fair, Toothfriendly International will be presenting eight new Toothfriendly-certified products.

In Switzerland, Chocolat Frey launched a new Toothfriendly-labelled chewing gum flavour based on the nation’s favourite Ice Tea brand. The idea for the quirky chewing gum concept came from Migipedia, the digital consumer platform of the Swiss retailer Migros.

Halter Bonbons introduced a new range of functional candies featuring exotic ingredients: aloe vera, goji and green tea. The flavours are sugar-free and contain added vitamins, ginseng and collagen.

F.Hunziker launched new Toothfriendly Frambini gummy candies targeted for children. The raspberry-flavoured candies contain added vitamin C. 

Ricola is introducing a new «Glacier Mint» flavour to its famous herbal lozenge range. The Toothfriendly mints provide soothing relief to sore throats.

Not only confectionery manufacturers, but also the makers of OTC medicine and baby nutrition make a commitment to Toothfriendly quality.

HiPP is expanding itsrange of baby teas with various Toothfriendly flavours. The granulate tea comes in handy single portion size sticks.

Siemens & Co is presenting Emsillen, a Toothfriendly lozenge for children.

In Turkey, market leader Mondelez is coming up with new flavour variations to its number one mastic gum brand Falim, while Kervan announced the launch of a whole new Toothfriendly-certified gum brand, Bebeto.

«The market for Toothfriendly confectionery is particularly strong in Turkey, with most of the nation’s sugar-free gum manufacturers committed to Toothfriendly certification», commented Selda Alemdar, the Country Manager of Toothfriendly Turkey.

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Toothfriendly International is a non-profit association working for better oral health. For more information, to discuss Toothfriendly certification or to set up an interview with Toothfriendly International, please contact us.

 

German gelatine specialist GELITA has launched a range of dentist-approved gummies.

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GELITA's new gummy bears have been tested by the University of Witten/Herdecke and are guaranteed safe for teeth. They look like gummy bears, they taste like gummy bears, and they are gummy bears – but they won’t rot your teeth. 

“The Toothfriendly gummy bears are sweetened with a mixture of sucralose, trehalose and some xylitol”, explains Laia Grao of Toothfriendly International, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving dental health. “Unlike sugar, this sweetener mixture is not fermented by the oral bacteria and thus does not promote cavities.” Equally important, the gummy bears are demonstrably non-erosive to teeth.

Grao points out that until now, attempts to develop Toothfriendly jellies have failed – some because a potential laxative effect but mainly due to excessive acidity . Acids which are commonly used in gelatin - based confectionery for taste have a demineralizing effect on the tooth surface which may lead to dental erosion.

In contrast to earlier formulations of sugarfree gummy bears , the new Toothfriendly gummy bears contain a high amount of dietary fib er as well as trehalose all of which are known to be well tolerated even if consumed in high amounts.

So the secret of GELITA ’s Toothfriendly gummy bears is a different type of sweetener mixture, low level of acids and non - laxative effect. But do they taste any different?

In our blind tests 90% said they liked it a lot”, says Grao. “But I think the only proof that people really like something is when they ask for a second candy. And they did”.

The German confectionery specialist Zahnfreundchen is the first distributor to launch Toothfriendly gummy bears under its Gummi Fruchtlinge range. “We are currently the only distributor worldwide to offer gummy bears which are demonstrably Toothfriendly and for which dentists’ endorsement has been obtained”, explains Manager Tobias Elger.

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Toothfriendly International is a non-profit association working for better oral health. For more information, to discuss Toothfriendly certification or to set up an interview with Toothfriendly International, please contact us.