In 2000, a sugar alcohol named Xylitol was introduced in the U.S. It is primarily used as a sweetener in chewing gum, mouthwash and some toothpastes. Huh? Any form of sugar is a perfect food for oral bacteria, isn’t it? Actually, this form of sugar inhibits bacteria growth that can contribute to cavities.
An added benefit of chewing gum with Xylitol is its ability to activate saliva flow. Saliva is your mouth’s cleansing rinse when brushing isn’t possible. Its flow helps to move oral bacteria out of the mouth, helping to lower bacteria that attack teeth and oral tissues.
When brushing after meals isn’t possible, chewing gum or rinsing with products containing Xylitol is a wise alternative.