Xylitol has been recognized by the AAPD, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives to have a positive effect on the oral health of infants, children and adolescents. This natural sugar alcohol helps prevent cavities by inhibiting the growth of the bacteria, known as Streptococcus mutans, that causes cavities. In fact, extended use of xylitol changes the quality of the bacteria in the mouth to cause fewer decay-causing bacteria to survive on the tooth’s surface.
Streptococcus mutans has been found to pass from parents to their newborn children, which is why the regular use of xylitol by mothers can significantly reduce this bacterial transmission and results in fewer cavities for the child. A total intake of 5 grams per day is considered optimal. Gum should be chewed for approximately 5 minutes, and mints should be allowed to dissolve completely. If you have any questions, you can visit our office to learn more about how to prevent cavities with xylitol in Rockwall and Heath, Texas.
Xylitol can most often be found in gums and mints and should be listed as the first ingredient to ensure there is a high enough level to prevent decay. You can also find several companies that provide xylitol products for sale on the Internet. Additionally, some natural sources can be found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, and corn on the cob. Talk to Drs. Morgan, Allman, and Compton to learn more about this preventive substance. You can call 972-771-9933 to make an appointment with Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry.