For healthy – Xylitol, birch sugar

is a sugar alcohol or polyol. More than 500 studies have been conducted on xylitol and dental caries.

As early as 1994, a study was conducted that showed that a mother’s regular use of xylitol chewing gum also significantly prevented her children from developing caries! A study conducted by the year 2000 has confirmed that xylitol pastille is as effective in preventing caries as full xylitol chewing gum! A study was published in 2001 showing that maternal xylitol use during pregnancy can significantly reduce the risk of caries in the unborn child from the mother and in the long term even after birth. The risk of a newborn child with caries was up to 70% lower in a child using xylitol during the next two years of age, compared to children in mothers who did not use xylitol. Xylitol does not replace tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste!

Unlike sugar, xylitol does not significantly affect the body’s insulin secretion. Despite its sweetness, xylitol is low in calories. Xylitol is not suitable for energy for many microbes ( therefore, they are unable to reproduce in the mouth ), unlike sugar, which is why it is used as a sweetener in chewing gum, for example. Xylitol reduces the amount of plaque and its adhesion to the tooth surface! Research has also shown that xylitol repairs mica damage that has already begun.The raw material for xylitol is xylan, which is obtained e.g. birch and in the EU, xylitol is approved as a food additive. Also, xylitol increases the yield of saliva so long time it is in the mouth. Xylitol is a laxative, that is, it has a stimulating intestinal activity. Daily xylitol doses of more than 45 g in children and more than 100 g in adults cause diarrhea. Xylitol ends up in the gut for the most part because the human body is unable to use xylitol effectively for food.

Toothpaste containing xylitol as a humectant. Children should not use pastes that contain antimicrobials or pastes that reported to prevent tartar formation or whitening teeth! The behavior of fluoride toothpaste supports the tooth protection provided by xylitol because fluoride also reduces tooth decay. Fluoride prevents the dissolution of dental minerals by bacteria. Fluoride also helps to re-mineralize the enamel already dissolved by the bacteria. Xylitol dissolves in water endothermically, i.e. by binding heat from its surroundings – this causes a feeling of coolness in the mouth. Brushing your teeth should take 2 minutes.

The four main areas of oral care:
1. Brush your teeth in the morning and evening with fluoride toothpaste.
2. Regular meals and minimization of snacks.
3. A thirst quencher is water.
4. Use xylitol.
Take care! With all my love, Johanna

Julkaissut Johanna

Finnish, practical nurse, mom, grandmother, reader, novice blocker.

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