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Nov
22

Xylitol: What is it and How Can it Improve Your Oral Health?

Many dental health care professionals are promoting xylitol-containing products because of their great dental benefits. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of xylitol and consider giving it a try for yourself.

Where We Get Xylitol

Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that is found in any plant. It is used as a common sugar substitute and comes in a pure crystalline form (as a sweetener), candy, mints, or gum. The most common kind of xylitol is derived from corn cobs, but all xylitol is the same.

Cavity Prevention!

Cavity-causing bacteria thrives upon sugar. The bacteria eat sugar in our mouths and produce an acidic waste product. These germs love an acidic environment, but the acid is what wears away tooth enamel, starting the decay process. Xylitol is not easily digested by the main cavity-causing bacteria. As a result, the populations of harmful germs shrink because they have nothing to eat! And they are no longer producing the acid waste, so this gives your teeth time to become strengthened by fluoride and minerals in the saliva. Furthermore, saliva helps wash away bacteria, so if you have dry mouth, you are more prone to cavities. Chewing xylitol gum and candies will protect your teeth from cavities and stimulate saliva production at the same time.

Other Health Benefits

Diabetes typically increases cavity and gum disease risks because of high blood sugar levels. Xylitol can help out here because besides being far lower in calories, it does not enter the blood stream as quickly as other sugars do.

Xylitol can improve your dental health in many subtle ways. Ask your dentist about the about the benefits of Xylitol gum and how you can start including it in your dental routine.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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