Sugar is a primary cause of tooth decay. Halloween launched a long sugar-laden season in our diets — one that runs through Christmas and the New Year. However, there is an effective way to reduce the amount of sugar you consume by using a new natural sweetener: Xylitol.
When exposed to Xylitol, decay-causing bacteria lose their ability to adhere to tooth surfaces and die. This happens because the bacteria can ingest Xylitol, but cannot digest it. Consequently, they are unable to produce acid byproducts that cause decay. Besides this antibacterial benefit, Xylitol increases salivary flow and fluoride penetration of teeth, while it also assists in remineralization of damaged tooth enamel.
Look for Xylitol as the lone sweetening ingredient in candies and gum. Learn more about Xylitol at http://www.xylitol.org/, or do a quick web search for lists of Xylitol-containing products and locations where to buy in bulk.
To learn more about Xylitol, or any other dental topic, please call our office 419-475-6554.