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Better Nutrition Magazine - February 2020

Jan 23, 2020

Get a Healthy Smile with Xylitol 

Keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape with this healthy natural sweetener

By Sherri Strausfogel
Sweet news: daily use of xylitol in your oral care can prevent cavities and help stop plaque from sticking to your teeth. Research has shown that xylitol can even help repair damage to the enamel.  And it makes toothpaste, mouthwash, and even floss taste great!  Xylitol is a low-digestible carbohydrate found in the fibrous parts of fruits and vegetables such as plums, strawberries, cauliflower, and pumpkin, as well as in fibrous cornhusks and birch trees. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. But
instead of eroding your teeth like sugar does, it’s actually tooth-friendly.  The bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar, causing them to multiply rapidly. This metabolic process produces acids that can eat away the enamel on your teeth, causing tooth decay. Research shows that xylitol’s molecular structure makes it unable to be digested by the bacteria in the
mouth, so they stop multiplying. When you use xylitol in your daily oral care, it stops the acid attack that would otherwise last for over half an hour after eating. According to studies, the amount of acid producing bacteria may decrease as much as 90 percent with xylitol. When no acid is formed, the pH of saliva stays neutral at 7. When saliva pH is boosted above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in the saliva help to harden weak enamel and repair early cavities.
Clean your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach with Radius Vegan Floss Sachets with Natural Xylitol. The vegan floss is soft and spongy, and spun in candelilla plant wax for easy grab-and-grip. It’s flavored with plant-based xylitol, mint, and anti-bacterial tea tree for a fresh, clean mouth. The portable Floss Sachets are perfect for travel.
Read more about it in the February 2020 issue of Better Nutrition.