What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural, non-fermentable sweetener that helps correct PH imbalances in the mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease caused by bacteria. It is added to several different edible products that everyone will enjoy!
How does Xylitol work?
Sugars in the mouth promote a very acidic environment, which leads to tooth decay. Sugar also stimulates destructive bacteria growth, which can lead to gum disease, or worse – periodontal disease. Using Xylitol reverses all the damaging effects that sugar has on our oral health.
Long term use can actually suppress the production of the most harmful strains of bacteria, leading to an explosive change in bacterial environment, thus leading to better overall oral health.
It has been shown that the product can reverse the effects of white spot lesions (which are the first stage of tooth decay) by helping to re-mineralize the enamel. While larger cavities cannot be reversed, it can help to reduce sensitivity.
So, what kinds of products contain Xylitol?
Xylitol comes in several different forms, so you can be sure that you will find something that you will enjoy on a regular basis. You can choose to stick with one product, or use several at a time – the possibilities are endless.
Xylitol products come in the form of lollipops, great for kids – they think it’s a treat!
They also come in candy and gum form in a wide range of flavours from cherry to lemon and even some as simple as mint. Of course, you will find Xylitol mints as well, great for after lunch or dinner.
You can also use Xylitol in your own cooking. Products come in a variety of condiments such as grilling sauces, jams and syrups.
How often should I consume Xylitol?
Using Xylitol can be a life changing routine. Implementing it into your life can mean you can use it as little or as much as you would like. The BEST time to use it is after each meal, after brushing to prolong the effect of plaque removal, and before bed.
You can find Xylitol products on the Xylitol official website or at the Ottawa Downtown Dentist.
PROMOTE YOUR ORAL HEALTH AND USE XYLITOL PRODUCTS!