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Xylitol

Over 400 strains of bacteria inhabit the human mouth. These bacteria are the cause of most dental problems. Sugar is one of the major energy sources for these bacterias and it helps them proliferate. In addition to the above sugar causes tooth decay by creating a highly acidic enviroment in the oral cavity that weakens enamel and makes it vulnerable to attack by bacteria, leading to tooth decay.

So how does xylitol enters the picture? How can xylitol help us prevent tooth decay or at least slow it down? Xylitol, although it looks and tastes the same as sugar, has exactly the oposite effects on oral health.

First of all xylitol is not metabolized by the mouth bacteria and as a result no acids are produced in the mouth that can cause tooth decay. So, xylitol helps keep an alkaline enviroment in the oral cavity that is inhospitable for the mouth bacteria. So while sugar creates a hospitable enviroment in the oral cavity for bacterias that are the cause of tooth decay, xylitol creates a rather inhospitable enviroment for them.

DENTAL BENEFITS Xylitol has been used in the dental field for over sixty years to help promote oral health and the prevention of disease caused by bacteria.

 

  • Inhibits plaque and dental cavities up to 80%
  • Retards demineralization of tooth enamel
  • Re-mineralization of tooth enamel
  • Increase saliva production
  • Protects saliva proteins
  • Reduces infections in the mouth and nasopharynx

 

If you need more information on diet or sugar and its relationship to your teeth and dental health, please contact our the dentists at our Winnipeg dental clinic - the Tuxedo Dental Group.

Suite 213 - 2025 Corydon Ave., Tuxedo Park Shopping Centre Winnipeg (204) 488-4455