Xylitol: The Natural Sugar that Actually Protects Your Teeth Against Decay

Xylitol. It’s time that you began ADDING this sugar to your diet. What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar; it is even made by the human body when it metabolizes ingested carbohydrates. Xylitol can be used as a sugar substitute ( a cane sugar substitute). It is safe for diabetics, as it has a low glycemic index. It is also lower calorie than traditional sugar.  We harvest most xylitol today from corn stalk fiber.

In dentistry, research has shown that xylitol reduces caries rate. This means that xylitol works to reduce your risk for cavities. Along with brushing, flossing and using fluoride, regular exposure to xylitol will prevent cavities!

How does xylitol work? Xylitol prevents cavities in several ways. One way is that it keeps the pH of the mouth at a level that makes it hard for cavity-causing bacteria to degrade your teeth. Xylitol also helps prevent plaque accumulation on the teeth. Oral bacteria thrive in the presence of sugar, but not in the presence of xylitol.

You can cook with xylitol. So go ahead, make a lower calorie version of chocolate chip cookies with it. Or, begin chewing xylitol gum. We have xylitol sugar packets at our office. Ask to sample them. Or, buy a pack of xylitol gum from us and fight tooth decay! 5 exposures to xylitol daily will prevent cavities. Just make sure you don’t ingest more than 50g a day.

Our office is always striving to help our patients PREVENT dental health diseases. We want to keep our patients at their optimal oral health, and xylitol can help!

Keeping you healthy,

Dr. Frankel

 

 

 

Your Sugar Intake and Its Relationship to Your Dental Health.

Did you know that added sugar is in most processed foods today? And, it is no surprise that sugary beverages and sugar in foods can cause major dental issues including decay and dental erosion. Added sugar has become such a health issue that the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept. of Agriculture created updated nutritional guidelines. The updated guidelines are below:

The American Dental Association News reports that “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Agriculture released updated nutritional guidelines Jan. 7 calling for Americans to limit their intake of added sugars.” The updated guidelines “advise limiting the intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day,” marking the “first time the guidelines have recommended a quantitative limit on a specific type of food.” The guidelines essentially limit our sugar intake to 12 teaspoons a day.

Sugar doesn’t just cause cavities in the mouth, it also melts away enamel ( the hardest material in the body), leaving the inside of the tooth exposed and sensitive. Extra sugar is bad for our overall health and our dental health.

If you have any concerns about your teeth, and if you think the amount of sugar in your diet is causing dental issues, call our office today: 440-442-4477.

For information about diet and dental health, visit MouthHealthy.org.

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