Can Gum Help Keep Your Mouth Healthy?

Oct2 gumDid you know that just by chewing a little piece of the right kind of gum you can:

  • Prevent tooth decay
  • Starve bacteria
  • Prevent oral inflammation
  • Reduce your risk for gum disease

It may sound too good to be true, but one important ingredient can make all the difference: Xylitol.

Xylitol is not just another unhealthy artificial sweetener. Instead, it’s a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that does far more than keep glycemic levels healthy & low. Of course it does that too without compromising taste or sweetness, but it can also make a major difference in your oral health.

How Xylitol Gum Protects Your Mouth

One of the most common causes of oral health problems is a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans — the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque. This bacteria feeds on sugars & carbohydrates that linger in your mouth. Since Xylitol does not produce the carbohydrates the plaque needs to live, the bacteria injests Xylitol, fills with a substance that offers no nutrition, & starves. That means your oral oral bacteria levels drop — sometimes by up to 75%!

Other Benefits of Xylitol Gum

Killing bacteria is exciting enough, but chewing a piece of Xylitol gum can do even more:

  • Chewing Xylitol gum increases saliva production which protects your teeth & remineralizes them with naturally occurring calcium & phosphate.
  • Acidity in your mouth can lead to enamel erosion. Xylitol in gum or mints can reduce the acidity of your saliva.
  • Xylitol can help your body better absorb calcium which we all know can strengthen your teeth.

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