Karex is presented at the dental industry's leading trade fair

World's latest anti-caries study proves efficacy

Cologne. Karex was successfully presented at the International Dental Show (IDS), which was held from 21 to 25 March in Cologne. International visitors flocked to the stand throughout the five show days to find out more information about the new oral care brand. At an accompanying press conference, Dr. Joachim Enax (Senior Scientist Oral Care at Dr. Kurt Wolff) explained how hydroxyapatite works and presented the world's first anti-caries study of a hydroxyapatite toothpaste compared to a fluoride toothpaste. Around 30 journalists accepted the invitation to attend.

"The study proves for the first time in the world that hydroxyapatite toothpaste is not inferior to a proven toothpaste with amine fluoride/stannous fluoride when it comes to preventing caries," explained Dr. Enax during the press conference. The multi-centric study was conducted on 150 patients with braces who are therefore at a high risk of caries. For the analysis, the test subjects were given at random either a commercially available toothpaste with amine fluoride/stannous fluoride or a fluoride-free toothpaste with hydroxyapatite (Karex). "Neither the patients nor the dentists involved in the study knew who was using which product," said Dr. Enax. At the end of the six-month study, both groups showed comparable protection against caries.

Even though oral health in Europe is continuously improving, caries still remains the most significant type of dental disease. As visitors found out during the press conference, risk factors include inadequate plaque removal and a diet that is high in sugar, as well as medication. A side effect of many medications for depression, high blood pressure, asthma, Parkinson's disease as well as painkillers or antibiotics is reducing the flow of saliva. This increases the risk of caries as saliva acts as protective shield.

Karex, the new oral care range from Dr. Wolff, offers an alternative caries prophylaxis that is based on a natural concept and works even with a reduced flow of saliva. The Karex active substance hydroxyapatite is modelled on the human enamel and meets many consumers' need for natural caries prophylaxis. "Oral care products with hydroxyapatite are also effective if the mouth is dry," explained Dr. Joachim Enax, Senior Scientist Oral Care at Dr. Kurt Wolff. Since Karex supplies the active substance hydroxyapatite externally, it is effective even with reduced saliva. The special formula protects the teeth from caries with hydroxyapatite, as well as zinc and xylitol with their antimicrobial properties. Furthermore, the aroma stimulates the flow of saliva to moisten the oral cavity. The combination of Karex toothpaste and mouthwash ensures optimal caries prevention!