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Melting Tooth Syndrome? We Have an Answer!..XYLITOL!
Posted on August 8th, 2016
What is “Melting Tooth Syndrome”?
It is the devastating effects of tooth/root demineralization every day, but the process starts long before the tooth is visibly damaged.
There are many factors that can cause tooth erosion such as: our dietary intake, our oral hygiene habits, and dry mouth syndrome (Xerostomia) due to certain medications and health issues.
Erosion or “Melting Tooth Syndrome” occurs when our dietary intake consistently includes fruits especially citrus, fruit juices, energy drinks, carbonated beverages, flavored waters, wine and beer.
Other culprits are: sugar free candies containing citric acid, breath mints and sour candies, cough drops, chewable vitamin C, chewable aspirin and chewable antacid tablets.
Studies have shown that carbonated beverages and sports drinks like Red Bull, Classic Coke, Diet Coke and Gatorade are a few examples of drinks that are particularly erosive to our tooth enamel.
The average resting pH in our mouth is 6.4 – 7.2. A consistent pH of 6 our root surface will “melt”.
A consistent pH of 5 – 5.5 our enamel will “melt”.
Science has now provided us with an effective product to prevent, stop and reverse the process.
It is XYLITOL!
Xylitol is found widely in nature, most of the fruits and vegetables that we eat on a daily basis have small amounts of xylitol. It is NOT an artificial substance. It is 100% natural! Xylitol comes from two sources: corncobs or trees. Although it is classified as a carbohydrate, xylitol is slowly absorbed from the digestive tract, and does not cause rapid rise in blood glucose. In addition, the caloric impact of xylitol is typically about 40% lower than other carbohydrates, making it a healthy addition to any low-carb diet.
Products that contain Xylitol will change the ecology of our mouth, help to keep our saliva neutral in addition to building healthy saliva. Xylitol aids in the prevention of new dental caries (cavities), along with the arrest and even some reversal of existing dental caries and reduces plaque formation!
(Xylitol can’t be utilized by bacteria in the mouth.) Xylitol is also an excellent sugar substitute and is a healthy alternative for diabetics.
Xylitol is most effective when used in small amounts (in the form of gum, mints, or candy-less than 15 grams per day) after meals and snacks. This way, you clean your mouth of bacteria right away after eating.
We encourage Xylitol users to aim for five exposures per day to ensure the best dental results.
Lastly, it is safe. The World Health Organization has given xylitol is safest rating for food additives.
You can find products containing Xylitol at: www.xylitol.com
For your convenience, we will have products containing xylitol at Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry.