At GSK, we believe that a healthy mouth is an important part of overall health at every age. We’re especially proud of our science-based oral care products and breakthrough technologies, some developed in collaboration with partners. We’ve created products that repair and protect teeth, ease dry-mouth symptoms and improve comfort for denture wearers.

 

Current Needs

for Oral Care Products

New Plaque-Reducing or Plaque-Inhibiting Solutions

The buildup of dental plaque is the precursor for several oral diseases, including gum disease. In the early stages, this can lead to soreness, inflammation and bleeding of the gums on brushing. Therefore, we are seeking to develop products that help reverse the early signs of gum disease and prevent it from recurring.

To achieve this, we are seeking opportunities that reduce or inhibit the attachment of plaque to oral surfaces or that break up existing plaque without the need for antimicrobials. Ideally, these ingredients can be incorporated into a mouthwash or toothpaste, but other formats would also be considered.

Gum Health

Sodium bicarbonate is an ingredient in various toothpastes to help tackle early-stage gum disease (gingivitis) and maintain healthy gums. However, when present in high concentrations, sodium bicarbonate gives the toothpaste a very strong, salty taste which results in low acceptability by consumers.

We are seeking solutions to mask the salty taste in toothpastes with high concentrations of sodium bicarbonate, so that this acceptance barrier is overcome and consumers can benefit from these products.

Enamel Health

Teeth are subject to numerous challenges throughout the day from dietary sugars, acids and bacteria. Despite the use of fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash, all of these factors have contributed to a significant rise in the number of fillings, enamel wear and sensitivity.

Therefore we are seeking solutions that would protect tooth enamel from these challenges and/or repair the damage that has been caused.

 
 
 

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