The Cavity Preventing Benefits of Xylitol

The Cavity Preventing Benefits of Xylitol
Posted on 04/20/2017

During each visit to the dentist, either Dr. Burks or one of our hygienists will examine your teeth and remove plaque from the surface. They’ll also check for signs of early tooth decay and provide you with tips for preventing future harm to your teeth. While eating tooth-healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, and brushing with fluoride toothpastes are all well-known solutions, Xylitol offers another easy way to prevent cavities. 

How Cavities Form & The Effects of Xylitol

Sugars cause bacteria to multiply and produce acid, lowering the pH levels in your mouth. This creates a more acidic environment in your mouth and and increases the risk of cavities and tooth decay. Xylitol does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. With Xylitol, the acid attack can be stopped and work to protect your teeth, reducing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol derived from the fibrous portion of plants. It is used as a sweetener in many everyday items, such as chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. It has been found  to have numerous dental benefits, especially when it comes to decay. For example, chewing gum that contains Xylitol for 5-10 minutes, 2 to 3 times per day, can help patients receive the it’s protective benefits.

Xylitol also prevents bacteria from growing and sticking to the teeth and can even repair damage to the enamel. Because enamel can be eroded permanently by sugary foods, drinks, medications and other factors, additional protection methods are always welcome.

Cavity Prevention is Lifelong Commitment

At the end of the day, cavity prevention depends on how often you consume sugars and how often you brush and floss. The higher your sugar intake, especially between meals, the higher your risk. Good oral hygiene, being conscientious of sugar consumption, and using xylitol containing products will help ensure a healthy, cavity free mouth.

If you have any questions about cavities, or would like to schedule an appointment at our Winter Springs office, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can be reached during normal business hours at (407) 327-2030. At the office of Dr. Robert Burks, we’re proud to serve patients in and around Winter Springs, Oviedo, Longwood and Orlando, FL. We look forward to hearing from you soon!