Is Xylitol Really Good for Your Oral Health?

There are a lot of claims in the media and on the shelves regarding breakthrough products in the fight against dental decay and oral infection. Taking proper care of your teeth is an important part of your appearance and more importantly your overall well-being. Before looking for and employing additional products and procedures be sure to you are brushing and flossing after every meal and that you are having regular cleaning checkups from your dentist.

Prevention is crucial in protecting your teeth from decay. Besides the fore-mentioned preventative techniques there are a few natural products that have proven to help prevent decay. One the has recently grown in popularity is xylitol.

Simply put xylitol is a sugar substitute. It is an alcohol sugar compound just like sorbitrol but much sweeter. Than reason for this substitutes popularity is that its relative sweetness rivals that of even sucrose of table sugar. Equal amounts of both substances produce the same level of sweetness.

How does a sugar substitute help prevent dental decay? While the exact reasons are still unknown this natural substance has a neutralizing affect on acidic byproduct from bacteria that leads to demineralization of tooth structures. When the bacteria of the mouth is exposed to xylitol the cavity causing acidic byproducts are much less acidic and thus not nearly as likely to damage the teeth. By lowering the negative effects of the acidic byproducts you can effectively prevent cavities, tooth loss, and serious oral infection.

Xylitol is most commonly added into chewing gum and mints. Chewing gum with added xylitol for 5 minutes a day will reduce tooth decay.  Xylitol can also be found naturally in many common fruits and vegetables including plums, raspberries, strawberries and even cauliflower.

In conclusion xylitol is an effective cavity preventing compound that will help you maintain a healthy smile.

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