How can Sugar be Good for Teeth??

If it's XYLITOL sugar!

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a non-fermentable sugar alcohol found in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables. As a sugar alcohol it can be consumed by the bacteria in our mouths, but the bacteria cannot digest it to produce the harmful acids that cause tooth decay.

What products contain Xylitol?

Xylitol is found in many chewing gums, mints, and even hygiene products like toothpaste and mouthwash. You should check the list of ingredients to be sure a product contains xylitol.

Is Xylitol Safe?

Xylitol has been approved for safety by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration .

Xylitol has no known toxicity in humans- although in high doses it can have a laxative effect due to the fact that it is not fully broken down during digestion.

Xylitol is also safe for pregnant and nursing women- in fact, there is evidence to show that regular use of xylitol reduces the probability of transmitting the bacteria that cause tooth decay from mother to child by almost 75%.

Using Xylitol: How Much, How Often?

In order to get the cavity preventing benefits it is optimal to use xylitol gum or mints 3-4 times daily for a total intake of 5 grams daily. You should chew the gum for at least 5 minutes and make sure and let the mint dissolve completely without chewing it.

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