Xylitol + Chewing Gum = Good for your Teeth!
So chewing gum is actually good for your teeth….that is if it’s the right type of gum!
What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is now being used in many sugar free chewing gums. It occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables.
Why is it good for my teeth?
It works in a number a ways at preventing plaque build-up and protecting your teeth.
- Increases the amount of saliva in your mouth, allowing you to naturally clean and protect your teeth
- Prevents bacteria from producing acids, which slows down and prevents the demineralization of your enamel
- Has been shown to limit the growth of Steptococcus mutans, the main bacteria that causes cavities
- Promotes remineralization of the enamel, thus making it stronger and more resistant to bacteria
How often should I chew gum with Xylitol?
- About 2-3 times a day
- After each meal
Which gums carry Xylitol?
Just check out the package. Many gums like Trident now indicate on the front of the package if it carries Xylitol.