In the absence of gum disease and cavities you may add years to your life. If you are seeking a healthier lifestyle and concerned about sugar consumption and its effects on weight, insulin imbalances and infections, xylitol may be your answer. Xylitol will sweeten food with no aftertaste, no chemicals, is guilt free and has health benefits. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that can be found in the fibres of birch trees, berries, corn husks, oats and mushrooms. It is a natural substance in the glucose metabolism of humans. Because of it’s many benefits xylitol is added to chewing gum, mints, tooth paste and even nasal spray!
Our oral and general health can be significantly compromised as sugar feeds the bacteria in our system. Saliva plays an important role in keeping our mouth and body healthy. Xylitol prevents plaque build-up and dental cavities by 80%, reduces infections in the ear nose and throat, relieves a dry mouth caused by medication or cancer treatments and promotes re-mineralization in the enamel of the teeth. Xylitol reduces 90% of acid-producing bacteria. Pop, diet pop and energy drinks have a very acidic pH ranging from 2.5-3.5 (battery acid is 1pH) and these drinks have 3-12 teaspoons of sugar in one can or bottle.
While sugar is acid forming, xylitol is alkaline enhancing. Using xylitol helps to raise plaque pH, thereby reducing the time that teeth are exposed to damaging acids, as well as starving harmful bacteria of their food source. Since the oral environment becomes less acidic with continued xylitol use, it is advised to use xylitol gum or mints after every meal or sweet snacks. Xylitol tooth paste can be used before bedtime and be left on the teeth overnight. Studies have shown that xylitol’s effect is long-lasting and possibly even permanent.
With xylitol, you can now have your sweet tooth and treat it, too!