In order to continually advance the quality of oral care products, there is research being done to learn about the benefits of antioxidants, such as phloretin, in oral care.
To understand these breakthroughs and why they are important, the first step is to understand antioxidants and how they are beneficial in general. Antioxidants are molecules that have the power to inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that happens when the electrons or hydrogen from one substance are transferred to an oxidizing agent. During these reactions, sometimes free radicals are produced. These free radicals, in turn, can start chain reactions. Depending on when and where these chain reactions occur, sometimes damage can be done. For instance, when these chain reactions occur in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants are able to terminate these chain reactions by removing the free radicals.
There are many antioxidants that exist and have been shown to benefit the cells in the human body by stopping free radicals, including one known as phloretin. Phloretin is a plant-derived phytochemical that is primarily found in apples. Like other antioxidants, it has the power to end harmful chain reactions that can cause damage to cells in the human body. Phloretin exhibits potent antioxidant activity and has been shown to hinder several types of destructive enzymes. Antioxidants can be ingested or they can be applied topically to cells. PerioSciences includes antioxidants in its oral care products so you can easily and conveniently apply them to the cells in and around your mouth.