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Xylitol and Dental Cavities

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Sugar is terrible for teeth, but it’s tough to avoid it altogether. For adults and kids! A natural sugar substitute called “xylitol” is a natural sweetener that’s actually good for your teeth! Xylitol has been recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as a great way to prevent dental cavities. Xylitol is naturally derived from plants, reduces plaque, and decreases the acids that attack the tooth enamel.

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol, is found in vegetables and fruits. It can be extracted from berries, mushrooms, birch, and oats. When compared to other artificial sweeteners, xylitol has almost no side effects. It also has much fewer calories than other natural sugars and artificial sweeteners.

Where to Find Xylitol

Surprisingly, the best way to get xylitol is through sugar-free chewing gum! Gum also increases saliva production, which washes away plaque and bacteria. According to the American Dental Association, 15-20 minutes of chewing xylitol gum can prevent tooth decay and dental cavities!

Please remember that xylitol should never be used a replacement for practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting Meadows Family Dentistry in Castle Rock, Colorado.

Posted on Sep 28, 2020

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