Xylitol Chewing Gum
gaining in Popularity – Prevents Tooth Decay
March 10th, 2006
First researched in Finland, Xylitol has shown in numerous
studies to prevent tooth decay. Other research conducted in Brazil
and Michigan also show that Xylitol in chewing gum helps to prevent
cavities. Xylitol is a found in plants, trees, fruits and
vegetables. The more the chewing gum contains Xylitol, the better
the benefits to preventing cavities.
The benefits to chewing gum with Xylitol are many. It
helps to prevent tooth decay. It will replace minerals in the tooth
decayed lesions. It reduces the number of cavities and reduces the
amount of plaque build-up on teeth. Chewing gum with Xylitol will
increase saliva production preventing dryness in the mouth.
Other sugar substitutes are better than sugar sweetened
gum, but research showed that the more Xylitol that was in the gum
the better at preventing tooth decay and repairing the teeth by
replacing mineral that were lost.
ABC 7, Los Angeles news, reported that there is also mints available that
contain the Xylitol sweetner. Their report said that you would need
to get 6 grams of Xylitol per day by chewing gum or taking a mint
containing Xylitol. That would be around 3 mints per day if they
took Smint Xylicare which contains 2 grams per mint.
Epic Xylitol gum contains around 1 gram of Xylitol per
serving. Carefree Koolerz gum also has Xylitol in their gum. It
can take 4 – 6 sticks of gum to get the 6 grams of Xylitol per day.
Look at the sugar free gums label for the ingredients the
ingredients list the most first this should help to alert you on the
gum with the most Xylitol.