Mar 11th, 2011 | By | Category: More dental news

How does xylitol prevent cavities?

http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar that is commonly found in birch tree sap and naturally occurring in some fruits and vegetables. http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol works to prevent cavities in a number of ways:

. Bacteria cannot break down http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html xylitol into acid as they do from all other fermentable sugars (i.e. sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, etc.).

. When bacteria intake http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html xylitol, they don’t intake as much other fermentable sugars, reducing acid production.

. http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol helps prevent the bacteria from adhering to the enamel, which prevents them from reproducing.

. http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol, used in conjunction with http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Fluoride.html fluoride, can be more effective at repairing and remineralizing teeth than http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Fluoride.html fluoride alone.

http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol actually works to control the number of acid-producing bacteria in the mouth, which can in turn prevent cavities, and is available in many forms, from http://www.carifree.com/patients/products/gum.html gums and mints to http://www.carifree.com/patients/products/gel.html toothpastes and http://www.carifree.com/patients/products/maintenance_rinse.html mouth rinses.

Expert Advice

. http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol is usually measured in grams and studies show the recommended http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Gum.html therapeutic dose is 6-11 grams per day.

. Alkaline dental products that combine http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html xylitol and http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Fluoride.html fluoride may be more effective.

. If you ingest more than 25-30 grams in one day, you may have an upset stomach and/or diarrhea.

. http://www.carifree.com/patients/cavities_a_to_z/Xylitol.html Xylitol can be very harmful, even potentially fatal, to dogs, as they cannot metabolize it like people can.

Stefan Moiceanu DDS


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