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What is Xylitol?

August 28, 2014

Filed under: News — elmbrookfamilydental @ 8:55 pm

Many of you have consumed xylitol and didn’t even know it. So let us tell you a little bit about what it is, and how it can help improve your dental health.

Xylitol is a product often used as a sugar alternative. It is the main ingredient in a few common sugar free chewing gums than many of us chew. It is what makes your piece of gum sweet and tasty! So, how is it so good for your teeth? Use of xylitol through chewing gum, xylitol mints, toothpaste or other products may lower your risk of getting tooth decay by a third. It helps to stimulate a healthy salivary flow and can promote remineralization of enamel. Less cavities? Sounds good to us!

Next time you’re in the check out lane at the grocery store, stop and check out labels on the sugar free gum. Consider chewing a piece after meals, or when your mouth is feeling a little dry. Xylitol products and a good water intake can play a key role in pushing off your next trip to the dentist.

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