Aren’t all toothpastes created equal? Well, as it so happens, the answer is no. Like almost everything else that is manufactured, toothpaste can vary significantly from brand to brand. While Lifetime Family Dental doesn’t endorse any particular brand of toothpaste, we have found an all-natural ingredient that does not promote tooth decay. In fact, it does a great job of preventing it. What is it? Xylitol, in toothpaste that’s a natural choice for Phoenix.
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that does not contain sugar. As any dentist will tell you, sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. While we need good bacteria in our saliva to help the digestive process, we want to try to kill the bad guys. Xylitol toothpaste can significantly reduce the presence of s mutans, the bacteria linked to tooth decay, according to a 2008 study from Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry.
Xylitol is a natural substance found throughout nature. It is often used as a dietary sugar substitute due to its health benefits. It has been found to lessen the occurrence of new tooth decay, and even somewhat reverse the effects of dental caries. Because of its naturally sweet taste, xylitol has encouraged children to develop good habits of brushing. If you can’t brush after a meal, xylitol chewing gum will help to clean your teeth and kill bad bacteria. It also strengthens tooth enamel.
Xylitol is absolutely safe for people in amounts up to 50 grams per day. It has received the safest rating for food additives from the World Health Organization. It is not so kind to dogs, however. If your dog eats gum or candy that uses xylitol as a sweetener, take it to a veterinarian immediately.
It’s Good for Everyone
Along with its excellent dental benefits, xylitol has been used as a sugar substitute for diabetics. It also can be used in baking and cooking, and to sweeten drinks. Lifetime Family Dental wants you to know about xylitol because we care about your health. We do gentle cleanings here at the office and we encourage you to follow good oral hygiene at home, too. As much as we want to see you, we want to see you healthy and happy. So please consider the benefits of xylitol, and using toothpaste that’s a natural choice for Phoenix.
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