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Natural Dental Health With Xylitol

How would you like to “have your cake and eat it too?” Sounds too good to be true, right?

Did you know that a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants can actually HELP your teeth be healthy?

It’s called Xylitol

It doesn’t break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in your mouth.

Tooth decay happens when bacteria in your mouth consume the sugars we eat. When you eat food containing ordinary sugar (sucrose), it gives bacteria on your teeth energy, allowing them to multiply and start making acids that can eat away the enamel on the teeth. This “acid attack” causes tooth decay and cavities to start forming.
Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay.

With Xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour is stopped.

Most people are not aware of this benefit because this kind of claim makes xylitol into a drug, crossing a boundary not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Because the bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. The number of acid-producing bacteria can fall as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque doesn’t fall. After taking xylitol, the bacteria don’t stick well on the surface of the teeth and as a result, the amount of plaque decreases.

here’s the best part… Research has shown that the use of xylitol also helps repair damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the components needed to repair early cavities. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth’s own defensive tools are not enough.

Saliva that has xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sugar products.

After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque may rise, and plaque pH rises as well. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to move into those parts of enamel that are weak. Calcium-deficient enamel sites begin to harden again.

My Dad is raving about about how his teeth infections have all but disappeared and his periodontal issues have begun to go away. And, at 80 years old, that’s pretty impressive indeed! He loves Xylitol!

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