The wonderful healing benefits of Xylitol
SUMMARY: It may be hard to believe, but one of the most beneficial products to your oral health is a natural sweetener called Xylitol.
Posted: March 12, 2013
Did you ever think you'd hear that a sweetener is good for oral health for kids? Xylitol, a natural sweetener that can be used as a sugar substitute, has reduced the risk for tooth decay and has sometimes even reversed existing tooth decay - how's that for a sweet treat? This 100 percent natural substance occurs in our bodies, and is commercially extracted from corn cobs and birch trees. Xylitol tastes just like regular table sugar, and it is actually in a lot of the fruits and vegetables that we eat every day.
What's the deal with Xylitol?
You may be thinking that this is probably the best new sweetener to hit the market, but Xylitol has actually been used commercially since the 1960s. In some countries it is used regularly for individuals on a diabetic diet because the body doesn't require insulin to metabolize Xylitol. Oh, did we mention it has one-third fewer calories than sugar?
While this product pours like sugar and can be used just like regular sugar, it is sometimes added to toothpastes, gum and mouthwash because of its dental benefits. Xylitol can help stimulate saliva flow to prevent dry mouth and reduce plaque formation on the teeth, in addition to the benefits it provides for tooth decay.
Get some nasal relief
Xylitol has healing benefits to build immunity, as well as help heal and protect individuals. Studies have shown that Xylitol helps people with nasal congestion because it can be effectively used to moisturize and clear the nasal passages. If you're regularly experiencing post nasal drip, this may be music to your ears! The sweetener reduces germs, pollutants and irritants from hanging around the tissue of the nose. Nasal sprays with Xylitol can improve breathing and prevent against respiratory infections.
Get started early
Some researchers recommend using products with Xylitol as soon as the first tooth appears, but there's no need to fret if this time has come and gone. Switching to toothpaste, mouthwash and gum that has Xylitol in it can do wonders for your child's (and your!) mouth. Good oral health for kids hinges upon starting young because they'll learn habits much easier.
Swap those products
Did you know that the toothpaste you may be using may have drying effects that cause bad breath and other oral health issues? Yes, even those tubes with cute animals on them that your child begged to have. Instead, using TheraBreath's fresh breath toothpaste will stop bad breath, fight cavities and control the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.
This toothpaste - and all of Therabreath's toothpaste, mouthwash, probiotics, gum and lozenges - has Xylitol as an ingredient, and is kosher, vegan approved, whitens teeth and is okay for sensitive teeth - what more could you ask for? You'll also want to toss that mouthwash that is causing you angst, because it's not worth the pain! The TheraBreath oral rinse banishes bad breath and contains green tea, tea tree oil, aloe vera and other natural healing ingredients.
The rule of 5
You may feel like we've beaten you over the head with the great benefits of Xylitol, but it's because we believe in it so much. Using Xylitol five times a day will produce the highest amount of benefits, and it's actually not as hard as it seems. Begin your day with TheraBreath's toothpaste and all natural mouthwash with Xylitol, and then pop a ZOX breath mint or piece of chewing gum after breakfast. Both of these products will also help to get rid of dry mouth in the morning, so you'll leave the house feeling ultra fresh. You'll want to follow up lunch and dinner with a mint or piece of gum, and then end the day with Xylitol toothpaste or mouthwash.