When you eat food that contains sugar (sucrose), you are giving bacteria in your mouth energy, allowing them to multiply and start making the acids that eat away enamel on your teeth. This acid attack is what causes tooth decay and cavities to begin forming.
Xylitol is a delicious and safe natural alternative to sugar. It derives from the fibrous parts of plants; it is found in birch trees, fruits and vegetables. Xylitol does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in your mouth. Using Xylitol daily as part of your oral health care has shown remarkable effectiveness. By using 100% Xylitol products throughout the day, bacteria are prevented from creating the acids that damage your teeth. Regular use of Xylitol products can help prevent plaque from gaining hold on dental surfaces, which helps you protect your mouth between brushing and flossing. 100% Xylitol products are available is several forms: as a natural sweetener, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, candies, mints, drink mixes and nasal spray.
It’s safe and natural. Xylitol is not an artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism. In the amounts needed to prevent tooth decay (less than 15 grams/day), Xylitol is safe for everyone. The World Health Organization has given Xylitol its safest rating for food additives. Xylitol tastes as sweet as sugar but has 40% fewer calories, 75% fewer carbohydrates, and a glycemic index of 7, making it safe and beneficial for diabetics (on the advice of a physician).
How much? Research shows that the quantity is not the most important factor, but the number of exposures throughout the day. Rather than thinking in terms of “how much”, think in terms of “how often”. To be effective, strive for at least five exposures of 100% Xylitol spread throughout your day. For instance, if you drink coffee or tea in the morning, use Xylitol to sweeten it. After breakfast have a candy or chewing gum with Xylitol. After lunch, chew a few pieces of gum or mints, then again after dinner. Before going to bed, brush with Xylitol toothpaste and use a Xylitol mouthwash. Anytime throughout the day that you would typically chew a piece of gum or enjoy a piece of candy, make sure you are using 100% Xylitol sweetened products.
We would be happy to answer any questions or provide you with a sample to try. We sell many Xylitol products as Lakeshore Dental, please ask about them!