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Prof. Kauko K. Makinen

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Professor Emeritus

University of Turku
 
Background

Employment History

  • Professor and Director
    International Institute of Preventive Dentistry , University of Turku , Finland
  • Director
    Institute of Preventative Dentistry

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Professor Emeritus
    Institute of Dentistry

Education

  • Ph.D
    Institute of Preventative Dentistry
6 Total References
Web References
According to Professor Kauko ...
www.mb.com.ph, 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.
Makinen
www.xlearsa.com, 7 Nov 2008 [cached]
Prof. Kauko K Makinen
Professor and Director of the International Institute of Preventive Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland
Bangkok Post : Realtime
www.bangkokpost.co.th, 5 Jan 2007 [cached]
An advocate of xylitol - a natural sweetener obtained from birch, evergreen oak, strawberries and other plants - in preventive dentistry, professor emeritus Kauko K Makinen of the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku in Finland, explained that dental caries are a multifactorial problem and since the 1970s it has been known that it's a transmissible infectious disease caused by mutans streptococci, or MS.
Feeding on sugar, the bacteria ferment carbohydrates, which leads to acidity that dissolves the enamel of the teeth.This process of demineralisation can be reversed by remineralisation with calcium, phosphate and fluoride.A cavity, however, will eventually occur when demineralisation outpaces remineralisation.While bacterial infection starts the caries process, it may not develop into a disease unless exacerbated by dietary and oral hygiene factors.
"One strategy in preventing dental caries is to promote dietary sweeteners that can assist in reducing its incidence," says Prof Makinen."For instance, by replacing - in selected consumer items - fermentable carbohydrates, especially sucrose, with a substitute with no or very low cariogenic potential."He recommends xylitol, which has been approved by public agencies and several national dental organisations to be used in confectionery and in certain oral hygiene products.
Professor emeritus Kauko K Makinen.
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Prof Makinen adds that chewing gum is popular, especially among youngsters, but sugar-containing gum is not good for their teeth.
The Pentose Sugar Website - Linda Curreri
www.pentosesugar.com, 20 Mar 2005 [cached]
Dr. Kauko Makinen, Ph.D, Dir. Institute of Preventative Dentistry, University of Turku, Finland. (5)
Bangkok Post : Realtime
www.bangkokpost.co.th, 4 Jan 2007 [cached]
An advocate of xylitol _ a natural sweetener obtained from birch, evergreen oak, strawberries and other plants _ in preventive dentistry, professor emeritus Kauko K Makinen of the Institute of Dentistry, University of Turku in Finland, explained that dental caries are a multifactorial problem and since the 1970s it has been known that it's a transmissible infectious disease caused by mutans streptococci, or MS.
Feeding on sugar, the bacteria ferment carbohydrates, which leads to acidity that dissolves the enamel of the teeth.This process of demineralisation can be reversed by remineralisation with calcium, phosphate and fluoride.A cavity, however, will eventually occur when demineralisation outpaces remineralisation.While bacterial infection starts the caries process, it may not develop into a disease unless exacerbated by dietary and oral hygiene factors.
"One strategy in preventing dental caries is to promote dietary sweeteners that can assist in reducing its incidence," says Prof Makinen."For instance, by replacing _ in selected consumer items _ fermentable carbohydrates, especially sucrose, with a substitute with no or very low cariogenic potential."He recommends xylitol, which has been approved by public agencies and several national dental organisations to be used in confectionery and in certain oral hygiene products.
"Good oral hygiene requires you to brush your teeth after every meal and snack," he advises."That may not be practical for many people with a busy lifestyle so chewing gum containing xylitol is an alternative.However, xylitol gum is not a substitute for brushing but a part of multiple intervention for better protection against dental caries."
Prof Makinen adds that chewing gum is popular, especially among youngsters, but sugar-containing gum is not good for their teeth.
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