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How Does It Work?

The current thinking about how the various elements of the Sorbay Technology function is a high priority for us, however there are no answers yet, but here's our current thinking. Not knowing how products work is not unusual, and really not a problem. That is because knowing how a technology works does not make it work any better. The following are some thoughts organized by the spray's components

Tannic acid - Tannic acid probably functions in a number of ways, perhaps including some of the following:

  • Since tannic acid can bind metal ions, such as calcium, and because bacteria require metal ions for their existence, keeping metal ions away from bacteria may be a way tannic acid helps reduce numbers of oral bacteria.
  • Tannic acid through its ability to bind calcium ions could help destroy the structure of tartar by reversing its mineralization.
  • Tannic acid also binds very strongly to the salivary mucoproteins which make up the superstructures of plaque and its mineralized form, tartar. In so doing it could potentially weaken the structure of tartar.
  • Salivary mucoproteins coat most of the surfaces in the mouth, in particular the teeth. It is the affinity bacteria have for mucoprotiens which is the basis for the strong binding of bacteria to teeth. Tannic acid binds to these mucoproteins. It would not be surprising if the unusually strong binding of tannic acid to mucoproteins compromised the ability of bacteria to find binding opportunities on teeth exposed to the Sorbay Technology. In so doing, tannic acid would be compromising the first step in tartar formation.
  • Tannic acid, through its astringency, stimulates saliva flow. When more saliva is produced, all of the salivary sanitation mechanisms are enhanced and sufficient liquid is made available to carry away all the tartar fragments produced by the Sorbay Technology.

Citric acid - Citric acid has many of the same properties as tannic acid:

  • Since it binds metals it could also help saliva do its job by depriving bacteria of the metal ions they require to sustain their existence.
  • Its metal binding capability also makes it capable of demineralizing tartar.
  • Its tart flavor makes it too a stimulator of salivary flow.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) –SLS is a surfactant. In that capacity it can:

  • Help carry off food oils and particles.
  • Help keep the bits and pieces of tartar, which result from tartar breakdown, in solution in saliva so they can also be carried away through swallowing.
  • Help salivary lysozyme in its killing of bacteria through the destruction of their protective cell walls.

Acesulfame K (Ace-K)

  • Ace-K is 100 times sweeter than an equal weight of sugar (sucrose).
  • Ace-K compensates for the tartness of citric acid and the astringency of tannic acid.
  • Analogous to adding a little sugar to lemonade in order to take the edge off of the tartness of the citric acid found in lemon juice.