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Xylitol - New Way To protect your Tooth
Xylitol is a sweet-tasting crystalline alcohol derived from xylose, present in some plant tissues and is used as an artificial sweetener in food. It possesses antioxidant properties. It was used in the early sixties of the last century to treat several conditions like burns, neurological trauma, ear infections, and as a sugar substitute for people with diabetes.
In a study conducted in Finland in 1970, it was discovered that xylitol had some health benefits, especially for the teeth. Studies have proven that xylitol boosts dental health and helps prevent tooth decay. Since xylitol is non-fermentable, the bacteria in the mouth cannot convert it into the harmful acids that cause tooth decay.
The first xylitol-containing chewing gum was launched in finland, in 1975 and subsequently in the united states of america (USA). if you chew xylitol-containing chewing gum two or three times a day. It will greatly reduce the growth of the bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities.
Xylitol helps reduce the incidence of dental caries by increasing salivary flow. It also helps reduce the number of cariogenic bacteria plaque formation, xerostomia, and gingival inflammation. Xylitol-containing chewing gums accelerate the process of rinsing away the acids in the oral cavity that cause damage to the teeth, besides absorbing calcium and phosphate molecules that promote the remineralization of the tooth enamel.
Xylitol is currently available in several forms: chewing gums, chewable tablets, diabetes-friendly food, and as oral care products.
It has been proven that xylitol-containing chewing gums are effective as a preventative agent against tooth decay. The american academy of pediatric dentistry (AAPD) supports the use of xylitol (in specific doses and after consulting a dentist) as a preventive strategy specifically designed to reduce tooth decay.
In spite of many health benefits, more research is needed to ascertain the mechanisms of action and the clinical significance of xylitol.