D-Tagatose, a Novel Humectant and Sweetener for Toothpaste

May 6, 2003 | Contact Author | By: Yongming Lu, Biospherics Inc.
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Keywords: tagatose | toothpaste | humectant | sweetener | sorbitol

Abstract: D-tagatose is a full-bulk naturally occurring low-calorie sweetener. Recently, D-tagatose has been determined to be Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as an excipient in drugs and for use in toothpaste, mouthwashes and other cosmetics. Consequently, D-ta

Composition of Toothpastes

A typical toothpaste contains a range of ingredients shownin Table 1. The abrasive, such as calcium carbonate or hydrated silica, is responsible for removing the debris and discoloration from the teeth. Detergent surfactants, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, lower the surfact tension and therefore help loosen plaque deposits and emulsify or suspend the debris removed from the tooth surface during cleaning. Surfactants also contribute to the foaming property of toothpastes.