Friday, April 26, 2019

Xylitol for teeth- why is it useful for the strength of the teeth?

Dear Readers and Patients,

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener and is found in some berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. The body even produces it naturally in small amounts.

Why is it useful for the strength of teeth?

Besides being used for sweetening, xylitol helps in the prevention of cavities. Xylitol helps inhibit cavity-causing bacteria. The bacteria living on our teeth cannot digest Xylitol. As a result, less enamel damaging acids are produced. It is assumed that with frequent use, the composition of micro-organisms in the mouth is changing over time - less bacteria leading to carious processes survive on the surface of the teeth. The visible result is that it reduces the plaque.
You can look at my previous post- Dental cavity- Factors that cause it

Where to look for xylitol?

It has already become one of the main ingredients used in chewing gums and some candy to refresh your breath.

When to us it?

It can be very useful after eating or drinking when it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Chewing gum on its own helps promote oral health, helps clean teeth and helps freshen breath.

Please see my other post- Chewing gum good for teeth- after eating or drinking

What is the recommended daily dosage?

To act against caries, it should be ensured that about 5 grams of xylitol is delivered daily. In high doses, more than about 15 grams a day, xylitol can cause stomach and other problems. In order to take advantage of the chewing gum, however, it should be chewed for 5 minutes. Longer chewing is not recommended because can lead to the opposite effect - to demineralize the teeth and reduce their strength.

Research has shown that Xylitol is also a prebiotic. That means it feeds good bacteria in our GI tracts that are anti-inflammatory.

Xylitol gum can also help remineralize teeth and help relieve dry mouth.

And let's not forget, however, chewing gum does not replace the need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. I also recommend cleaning the inter-dental surfaces (between the teeth) with inter- dental brushes or floss each time before brushing.

Please have a look at my previous post: Preventive dentistry- the Priceless way 

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Trenkova


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  4. Thank you very much. The truth to me is the following: Prevention at all levels with all efforts. Only the best for all people everywhere


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