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‘Milk ingredients – a strategic review of opportunities and applications in the oral care industry’ (February 2005)

Report #1 in dairymark.com’s ‘Target business opportunities’ series of publications

This report addresses milk ingredients and emerging opportunities in the health care market, revealing changes both in the nature of the oral care industry and relevant new applications for a range of dairy products.

The report is the first in a series of publications entitled ‘Target business opportunities’ and provides an in-depth review of the nature and characteristics of a ‘new age’ of oral care and the opportunities this presents to dairy companies and oral care manufacturers.

“The two major oral diseases are dental cavities and periodontal disease, and much of the blame for this can be laid squarely at the base of two key protagonists – deleterious micro-organisms and fermentable carbohydrates”, says dairymark.com, publisher of the report, adding, “antimicrobial dairy glycoproteins and non-cariogenic dairy carbohydrates have the potential to turn about entrenched market perceptions as well as offering new opportunities for collaboration between the dairy and oral care industries”.

The report discusses issues such as:

  • The change in the nature of the confectionery industry as it recognizes functional opportunities in a ‘new age’ of oral care
  • The coincidental development of non-cariogenic milk-based sweeteners
  • The development of a cosmeceutical perspective to oral care
  • Prospective applications for a wide range of milk ingredients in oral care formulations – from both a bioactive and a physico-chemical perspective

“A strategic approach by dairy ingredient suppliers to the oral care industry must be taken”, comments dairymark.com. “There is a need for dairy companies to go beyond either a first stage fortification of oral care products (with the likes of casein phosphopeptide or glycomacropeptide), or a host defense approach (where protective salivary secretions are mimicked in oral formulations using homogenous milk ingredients)”.

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