Answer – Depends on the type of gum chewed. Studies originating in Finland in 1970 recognized the dental benefits of xylitol. Studies have shown that xylitol reduces plaque formation and is antimicrobial, thus reducing the incidence of cavities.
What is Xylitol?
It is a natural substance, which our bodies produce (from 5-10 grams a day) and also comes from other food sources. It is safe and effective with amazing oral health benefits (less than 15 grams a day). If one doesn’t prefer chewing gum, it is also available in mints and candies that stimulate the saliva – the natural tooth protector.
How to Use?
Use consistently and often. One needs to maintain contact with your teeth, mouth, and nasal passages. Many products use xylitol as a sweetener.
How much to use?
Four to five daily applications are shown to be effective in reducing decay. Use this natural sweetener solely, as other artificial sweeteners interfere with its effectiveness. Also a single use daily will most likely be ineffective. Use three times daily, at least to be effective , and use immediately after eating or snacking.
An effective use is medicinal – it helps toward the prevention of middle ear infections.
Warning! Extremely toxic to dogs. Do not feed anything containing xylitol to your pet. See your vet immediately!
Dr. Tom Bloom
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217 Old Route 22
(off Fenwood Dr.)
Pawling ,New York 12564
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