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Dr. Kauko K. Mäkinen

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Professor Emeritus

University of Turku , Finland

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus
    Institute of Dentistry
  • Professor Emeritus
    University of Turku
  • Professor Emeritus
    University of Michigan
21 Total References
Web References
The next speaker, Dr. Kauko ..., 6 Mar 2014 [cached]
The next speaker, Dr. Kauko Mäkinen, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland, worked with the Belize health authorities on their long-term children study.
Xylitol For Online - About Xylitol, 8 Nov 2010 [cached]
More literature about Xylitol by Professor Kauko K. Mäkinen, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland
L O T T E USA. Inc., 11 June 2004 [cached]
According to Dr. Kaoko Makinen, Professor of the School of Dentistry, Turku University, Finland, and expert on the use of Xylitol in the prevention of tooth decay, chewing one or two tablets of gum, with Xylitol accounting for at least 50 percent of its total sweetener content, five times a day, after meals and snacks for at least five minutes, can help reduce tooth decay.
According to Professor Kauko ..., 10 Sept 2010 [cached]
According to Professor Kauko Makinen, research pioneer and renowned expert in xylitol, regular use of these kinds of gums can reduce the occurrence of tooth decay by up to 80 percent on the average. This is based on more than 20 different studies published. He recommends that children and even adults chew gums with xylitol immediately after every meal, maybe about three to five times a day, especially if they've just consumed something sugary. One gum will do but two pellets are better to keep the gum longer in your mouth. Professor Makinen admits to chewing 10 to 12 gum pellets a day.
Of course, the professor cautions that xylitol gums are not a replacement for oral hygiene. Children should still be taught to brush their teeth, to avoid eating so much sugary foods, and to floss. They should also regularly visit their dentists. Professor Makinen also advises mothers to check the label before buying gums with xylitol because some do not have enough xylitol in them. At least 50 percent xylitol content is acceptable. In the list of ingredients, xylitol should be mentioned first, which means that it is a major ingredient of that product. Lotte xylitol is one such product. It is actually the only dental health gum in the country that currently bears the Seal of Recognition from the Philippine Dental Association.
Kauko Makinen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Turku in Finland.
How Xylitol is Made, 9 July 2006 [cached]
Professor Kauko K. Mäkinen, Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland
References 1.Mäkinen KK.Biochemical principles of the use of xylitol in medicine and nutrition with special consideration of dental aspects.Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 1978.2. Aminoff C. New carbohydrate sweeteners.In "Sugars in Nutrition" (Sipple HL, McNutt KW, eds), Chapter 10, Academic Press, New York 1974.3. Mäkinen KK.Latest dental studies on xylitol and mechanism of action of xylitol in caries limitation.In "Progress in Sweeteners" (Grenby TH, ed.), Chapter 13, Elsevier, London 1989.
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