How Does Xylitol Prevent Tooth Decay?

How Does Xylitol Prevent Tooth Decay?

We all know that excessive sugar consumption is bad for us, but sweetened options are always much tastier. The problem is, the more we consume, the worse it is for our teeth. We keep up with our daily dental routines, but somehow it just isn’t enough – we still end up with cavities. So, how do we combat cavities while also keeping sweets in our diets?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is here to save the day. It comes from the fibrous parts of a plant, and doesn’t break down like sugar, allowing cavity-causing bacteria to stick to your teeth and produce cavities. Because bacteria can’t stick to your teeth, there is no way for it to thrive. No way to thrive, no way to develop plaque or tooth decay.

But there is more – not only does xylitol prevent tooth decay but it also helps repair damaged tooth enamel at the same time! Our natural defense against the bacteria that causes cavities is saliva. The more saliva we produce, the less chance bacteria is left to hunker down and wreak havoc. This is why it is a great idea to drink lots of water throughout the day and give your mouth a quick rinse after indulging in sweet treats if a toothbrush isn’t available. So, popping in a stick of gum with xylitol will not only clear up any foul odors in your breath, but the xylitol will help produce saliva to rinse bacteria from sticking and keep your pH levels steady enough for your saliva to harden weakened tooth enamel.

If you have questions or concerns about xylitol, make an appointment today with Dr. Farless at 336-282-2868 or visit our website at

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