Thursday, June 25, 2015

Say "YES" to Sweets!

As a follow up to our recent newsletter on xylitol, we want to give you more information about this sugar that promotes healthy teeth.  Xylitol is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables including plums, berries, lettuce, and mushrooms.  

 It's true that xylitol can help prevent tooth decay and cavities when eaten regularly.  As if that isn't enough, the really sweet thing about this sweetener is that unlike refined sugar, xylitol has a very low glycemic index, and boasts 40% fewer calories.  

 Health benefits of xylitol:

  • ·         Helps prevent tooth decay
  • ·         Reduces plaque formation on teeth
  •           Blocks the acids that demineralize tooth enamel
  • ·         Helps repair damaged enamel
  • ·         Halts the growth of specific types of acid-producing bacteria linked to tooth decay
  • ·         Helps reduce gingival inflammation
  • ·         Relieves dry mouth by stimulating saliva flow
  • ·         Helps maintain upper respiratory health by combating bacteria in the nasopharynx
  • ·         May help osteoporosis
  • ·         Does not trigger an insulin reaction in the body, making it useful for those with diabetes and hypoglycemia
  • ·         Low glycemic index rating (7)
  • ·         Safe for all ages

It is important to note that in order to receive tooth decay prevention benefits, you must receive 6-10 grams of xylitol per day.  When reading the label of a xylitol containing product, xylitol should be the first sugar listed and, ideally, the only sugar component.  

Xylitol is also added to some oral hygiene products such as toothpaste, mouthwash and floss.  At your next check-up appointment, be sure to ask your hygienist for a free sample!  We have a lot of products in stock, and are happy to special order products for you.

*Selected Reference:  Better Nutrition Healthy Living Guide/Number 29

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