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Xylitol the Sweet Revenge

Xylitol the Sweet Revenge

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this paper explores how incorporating xylitol into your daily diet may help reduce the rate of tooth decay
this paper explores how incorporating xylitol into your daily diet may help reduce the rate of tooth decay

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Published by: grahbar on Jan 25, 2012
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Xylitol, the Sweet Revenge!
What isXylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from the fibrous parts of plants. It is widelyencountered in nature in a variety of fruits and vegetables and commonly extractedfrom birch bark. It has a sweet taste similar to sugar and has 40% fewer caloriesthan regular sugar.
he Xylitol difference forteeth
avitieshappen when bacteria in the mouth feed off of thesugarswe eat. When bacteria in our mouth consume sugars, they multiply and start making acids (astheir by-product) that can dissolve and or de-mineralize the enamel which in turninitiates decay/cavity. When we eat xylitol instead of sugar, it does not break downlike sugar by bacteria in the mouth and less acid is produced as a result which canhelp keep a neutralpH levelin the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria fromsticking to the teeth.
ewer bacteria, less acid --> Repairing damaged enamel
When the cavity causing bacteria in the mouth is unable to digest xylitol, its growthis diminished by as much as 90% which leads to less acid secretion and higher pHof salivaand less de-mineralization of enamel. After taking xylitol, the bacteria donot stick well on the surface of the teeth and as a result, the amount of plaquedecreases.Use of xylitol also helps repair early damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protectsthe mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the componentsneeded 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'sown defensive tools are not enough.When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to move into thoseparts of enamel that are weak. Therefore, soft, calcium-deficient enamel sites beginto harden again.
ow much Xylitol do we need to consume?
Studies show that intake of 6-10 grams of xylitol per day is very effective in reducingthe number of acid secreting bacteria in the mouth which ultimately lead to toothdecay. The ³all xylitol´ mints and gums contain about one gram of xylitol in eachpiece. You could begin with as little as one-two piece(s) four times a day for a totalof eight grams. When purchasing products containing xylitol, you should read thelabel to see how much xylitol is present in each unit of the product. We have lookedat several companies who manufacture and distribute xylitol containing productsand
Epic Dental 
seems to be one of the better ones. Most of their products haveone gram of xylitol per unit where other companies have 0.5 grams. While it doesn¶tmake a difference how you take xylitol and the overall daily dosage matters, youmay find it easier to take it in the form of a product that gives you the neededdosage in as little servings as possible.
ow often?
If used only occasionally or even as often as once a day, xylitol may
beeffective, regardless of the amount. Use xylitol at least three, and preferably 5times every day. The reason for this is that every time xylitol comes in contact withyour oral cavity, it leads to starvation of some of the acid producing bacteria in your mouth. If the exposure is only once or twice here and there, not enough bacteriawill starve to significantly impact the overall pH of the mouth. Repeated exposure toxylitol on the other hand will lead to an effective, overall reduction in the populationof harmful bacteria in the mouth.
When should I use it?
Use immediately after eating and clearing the mouth by swishing water, if possible.Between meals, replace ordinary chewing gum, breath mints, or breathe spray withcomparable xylitol products. You may also consider using toothpaste that containsxylitol as its sweetener or even a xylitol containing mouthwash.
It Is Effective
This xylitol effect is long-lived and possibly permanent. Low decay rates persist evenyears after the trials have been completed. Research also shows low decay rate inchildren when xylitol products were used by expecting mothers during pregnancy.
It·s 100% natural
Xylitol is not an artificial substance, but a normal part of everyday metabolism.Xylitol is widely distributed throughout nature in small amounts.
It·s safe

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