The inhibitive effect of erythritol on growth and acidogenic ability of Streptococcus mutans

에리스리톨의 Streptococcus mutans에 대한 성장력과 산생성능의 억제효과

  • 박영남 (김천대학교 치위생학과)
  • Received : 2013.10.03
  • Accepted : 2013.12.20
  • Published : 2013.12.28


The purpose of this study was to closely examine the inhibitive effect of erythritol on growth and acidogenic ability of Streptococcus mutans. As expected, the growth of S. mutans was comparably increased with the addition of sucrose. However, xylitol and erythritol remarkably reduced the growth of S. mutans. Growth inhibition was detected at more than 5% of erythritol although xylitol showed growth inhibition effect at all concentrations tested. Growth inhibition effect was monitored with the combination of same concentration of erythritol and other carbohydrates. Combination of 5% or 10% erythritol with xylitol showed effective growth inhibition. Addition of 2.5%, 5%, or 10% erythritol with sorbitol also showed growth inhibition. From these results, erythritol showed potency of growth inhibition of S. mutans, which is involved in dental caries, and was confirmed to be an excellent sugar substitute, which has effect on preventing caries.


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