It is a universally known fact that cavities are mostly borne out of sugar that’s allowed to stay long in the mouth. They stay long enough to breed bacteria that build plaque and tartar and cause teeth to decay. It is no surprise, then, how candies, in all its forms, are no-no’s when you’re looking after your dental health.
There is one fact, though, that has forever been there, but is not very popular to many of us. It may be known to some, but it is still quite unpopular to this day. While all the rest of the candies are notorious in causing tooth decay, there is but one that actually helps.
In the 80s, sugar free gums became a thing. Today, we have the sweet back in the gum with a component called Xylitol. It has the sweet of sugar minus all the horrifying effects on teeth. Xylitol is found in plants and fruits. It is a natural sweetener that is now placed in gum, mints, and tooth paste.
As research would say, it aids in inhibiting the growth of cavities by preventing decay-causing bacteria to grow.With Xylitol present in the mouth, bacteria becomes unable to cling to the tooth.
This puts an end to the growth of cavities before it has even started. Isn’t this the best thing in the world for teeth?
Xylitol becomes the game changer here. The longer it stays present in the mouth, the more it changes the “environment” in it. The bacteria in the mouth changes and becomes less potent to grow cavities. In fact some of the bacteria don’t even survive. This lowers the acid level in the teeth and decreases the threat of plaque and tartar.
This does not necessarily place Xylitol as a replacement for tooth brushing and visiting the dentist. It is undeniable, though, that it comes in handy in preserving your brilliant smile. Xylitol is listed as an ingredient in a number of food items. It used to be commonly found in mints and chewing gum. It has also become available for distribution over the Internet.
Use Xylitol immediately after meals and snacks to inhibit the growth of plaque and reduce the contact time of sugar in the teeth’s surface. Chew on gum containing Xylitol for a good five minutes. Let those Xylitol mints melt or dissolve in your mouth. The longer it stays, the more it does for your mouth. So you see, chewing gum does your teeth good more than bad after all.
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