BasicBites coat teeth with vital nutrients also found in healthy saliva, arginine bicarbonate, and calcium carbonate, which mimic nature's way of supporting enamel health. BasicBites are coordinated to help protect teeth in several ways.
It's well known that certain bacteria living on tooth surfaces feed on sugars from the diet and produce acids that can damage teeth. Decades of research investigating the oral microbiome led to the discovery of beneficial pH-raising bacteria living alongside these harmful bacteria. These good bacteria favor and convert arginine, a common amino acid found in healthy saliva and in BasicBites, into alkali or base. This results in immediate and sustained generation of buffers on tooth surfaces, which can help neutralize and counteract plaque acids, keeping teeth in a healthy pH (acid/base) balance.
Like healthy saliva, BasicBites also contains the tooth protecting mineral calcium and bicarbonate. In a normal and favorable oral pH environment, calcium can be reabsorbed into the teeth—a process called remineralization. Bicarbonate helps provide additional buffering and supports the benefits of arginine and calcium.
"BasicBites are a dream come true for parents and their children," said Mitchell Goldberg, President of Ortek Therapeutics, Inc., "Now there's a delicious oral care product that can be enjoyed after flossing and brushing every day, not just during Halloween."
Two BasicBites a day, one after breakfast and one at bedtime after brushing, have been clinically shown to maintain enamel health in a one-year, double blind placebo-controlled study. BasicBites can be enjoyed by children six years of age and older and adults. Sugar-free BasicBites contain 15 calories per piece.