Posted on 9/13/2018 by Crossroads Family Dental
|Chewing a sugar free gum after you eat is a great way to get the saliva flowing in your mouth to rinse the acids and bacteria from your mouth. You may have noticed an increase in sugar free gum that advertises that they contain Xylitol and may be wondering why.
Is there a benefit to having Xylitol in your gum? Absolutely! So let's look at why it's a game changer for dental hygiene and overall better oral health.
Xylitol Prevents Plaque
It's imperative that you remember to prevent plaque buildup by regularly brushing your teeth, flossing and using fluoride mouthwash, in addition to coming to see us twice a year for your cleanings.
But you can also help prevent plaque buildup at home, or on the go, by chewing a gum that contains Xylitol. While it's not a substitute for brushing, being exposed to Xylitol five times in a single day can actually reduce plaque as effectively as brushing.
It is a naturally occurring sugar that fights plaque and prevents cavities and decay. It's not an artificial sweetener at all, as a matter of fact, the human body makes up to 10 grams each day as it's metabolizing carbohydrates.
Gum may get the saliva flowing in your mouth, which is what rinses the mouth of bacteria and acid, but sugary gum is counterproductive as the bacteria in your mouth will feed on the sugar. Choosing a chewing gum that contains Xylitol is important as it has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.
Hopefully you'll agree that chewing gum with Xylitol can make a positive impact on your oral health. Your smile will thank you! Please call or stop by our office today to schedule your next checkup, together we can keep your smile healthy for years!