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Use of a suction pacifier (dummy) for the administration of lactic acid bacteria which are capable of preventing and/or treating caries to infants or babies

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000169387D
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-14
Document File: 3 page(s) / 14K

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Abstract

The present document describes the use of a suction pacifier (dummy) for the administration of lactic acid bacteria which are capable of preventing and/or treating caries to infants or babies. This use preferably involves the administration of the lactic acid bacteria (or extracts, fragments or inactivated forms thereof) to the infants or babies in the form of a nutritious composition such as a tea, juice, soup, jelly, mash, milk product or paste, by using a suction pacifier (dummy).

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Use of a suction pacifier (dummy) for the administration of lactic acid bacteria which are capable of preventing and/or treating caries to infants or babies

The present document describes the use of a suction pacifier (dummy) for the administration of lactic acid bacteria which are capable of preventing and/or treating caries to infants or babies. This use preferably involves the administration of the lactic acid bacteria (or extracts, fragments or inactivated forms thereof) to the infants or babies in the form of a nutritious composition such as a tea, juice, soup, jelly, mash, milk product or paste, by using a suction pacifier (dummy).

WO 2006/027265 describes lactic acid bacteria which can be used to treat and/or prevent caries caused by mutans Streptococci. It is already envisaged in WO 2006/027265 that it can be advantageous to administer such lactic acid bacteria to subjects which have never encountered mutans Streptococci and therefore do not yet have mutans Streptococci in their oral cavity, such as newborn babies and infants.

The present document concerns ways of administering lactic acid bacteria capable of preventing and/or treating caries, such as those described in WO 2006/027265 to babies or infants.

Thus, in a first aspect the present document describes a suction pacifier (dummy) containing a composition containing lactic acid bacteria useful for preventing or treating caries. Suction pacifiers (dummies) are known in the prior art, and are e.g. described in WO 91/04727.

In general, the suction pacifier (dummy) is designed in a way that a chamber of the pacifier can be filled with a composition containing a substance intended to be administered to the baby. Moreover, the mouthpiece of the suction pacifier is designed in a way that it allows the baby to suck the compound from the chamber. For example, the mouthpiece may be (partly) perforated so as to allow the passing through of the composition filled in the chamber when the baby sucks on the mouthpiece. In this way the baby sucking on the mouthpiece takes up the composition containing the lactic acid bacteria useful for preventing and/or treating caries.

Further possible pacifiers useful in this context are described, e.g., in GB-A 2246555,

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US-A 5300024, US-A 5512047, WO 98/44892, FR-A1 2775896 and US-A 6110193.

The composition containing the lactic acid bacteria useful for preventing and/or treating caries may be any possible composition which can be administered to babies and infants and in particular any possible composition which can be applied to a suction dummy as described above. Examples for such compositions...