Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases to affect young children, yet it’s easily preventable with regular dental care in addition to a proper at-home oral care routine. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends xylitol to help reduce the likelihood of tooth decay.
A Natural Substance Found in Many Foods
Xylitol is commonly found in foods like berries, lettuce, corn, mushrooms and other fruits and vegetables.
Older research with xylitol always specified 6-10 grams as being the ideal amount. Newer research has shown that the quantity of xylitol is not the most important aspect of treatment. Rather, it’s the number of exposures throughout the day that truly counts.
We want to get at least 4-5 exposures of 100% xylitol spread throughout the day. How much should you eat, then? Keep in mind that one cup of berries contains a little less than a single gram of xylitol.
While it can be difficult to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, there are also xylitol sugar substitutes, gums, breath mints, and mouthwashes. These can usually be found at most major drug or grocery stores. Just imagine, a sugar substitute that’s good for your teeth.
It should be noted that excessive xylitol consumption does not provide “more” teeth protection. Stick to the daily recommended amount and your teeth will remain protected long into the future.
Xylitol Plus Regular Dental Visits = Healthy Teeth for Life
Xylitol protects teeth, it neutralizes the acids in your mouth, and it helps prevent tooth decay. When combined with regular dental visits and effective at-home dental care, you and your family are sure to enjoy healthy smiles for a lifetime. Whether you live in De Pere, Seymour, Pulaski, or Shawano, or Howard, adding xylitol to your diet can help you have a healthier mouth before you even step foot in Dr. Brusky’s dental office.
To learn more about xylitol’s effects on a healthy mouth, or to schedule an appointment with Green Bay’s favorite dentist, Dr. David Brusky, call or use the handy form on the right to schedule an appointment.