This Sweet Aids Teeth!

In over 25 years of testing, xylitol use has been shown to reduce tooth decay in even high risk (malnourished) populations.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate. It is found in fibrous vegetables and fruits and also occurs naturally in our bodies. Xylitol, when extracted, is very sweet and is commonly used as a sugar replacement. I am not in favor of any sugar substitute to pacify your sweet tooth, but the benefits to your dental health are quite impressive.

Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consumes the sugar we eat. If you have a diet abundant in breads and sugars, the bacteria in your mouth multiply and produce acids that eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Xylitol does not break down like other sugar and can help provide the mouth with a neutral pH level. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth.

Most people are not aware of this benefit because such a claim makes xylitol into a drug, crossing a boundary not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Research has shown that the use of xylitol also helps repair damage to the enamel.

 Daily use of xylitol in dental has shown remarkable effectiveness. Regular use of Xylitol gum prevents plaque from gaining hold on dental surfaces. Hence, it protects the mouth between brushing and flossing for both adults and children. This was clearly demonstrated in the study done in Belize on school children. In a 1980’s double blind study, 1,277 school children chewed gum several times a day. Some were given ordinary gum sweetened with sucrose; others were given gum sweetened with   sorbitol or xylitol. After 40 months of gum chewing (including weekends, holidays, and vacations) the xylitol group experienced 73% fewer caries, sorbitol group a reduction of 26%, and an increase of 120% of caries in the sucrose group. Xylitol’s naturally cooling and sweet tastes also increase salivary flow, which optimizes the pH level in the mouth further promoting dental health.   Research has confirmed and expanded on earlier findings.

With its sweetness, low glycemic index, and multifaceted benefits continue to make xylitol more appealing. Xylitol is widely available in health food stores in a variety of forms such as candy, toothpaste, mouthwash, floss, gums, mints, and a bulk sweetener.

It’s convenient to use. Xylitol can be conveniently delivered to your teeth via chewing gum, tablets, or even candy.

Since xylitol reduces the germs, pollutants and irritants from sticking to the tissue, regular use of xylitol nasal spray results in fewer respiratory infections and easier breathing. The concentration of xylitol stimulates our own defensive washing of the nose. Additionally, xylitol decreases the concentration of salt in the airway surface fluid which helps our own antibiotic substances there to be more effective.


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