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Can Chewing Gum Fight Cavities?

Provo Dentist Dr. David Bennett at Advanced Dental Care is asked frequently if chewing Xylitol gum is an effective substitute for flossing, tooth brushing and regular Provo dental exams.

Before this question can be answered we need to discuss what exactly is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute. It looks, tastes, and acts just like sugar and comes from all natural ingredients such as birch tree bark and other fruits and vegetables. In general, sweeteners that are natural or synthetic are bad for your teeth. Xylitol is not that way. It is actually very good for your teeth. Clinical studies have demonstrated that xylitol actually prevents the bacteria that cause tooth decay from growing while strengthening enamel in the process.

Besides helping teeth xylitol has many other benefits. Glycemic index for sugar is 100. Xlyitol is only 7. For those Provo residents with diabetes xylitol is a healthy alternative. If Provo cosmetic dentistry patients complain about frequent dry mouth, xylitol based gum or mints are recommended to stimulate saliva production without increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Now back to the question if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for flossing, tooth brushing and regular family dentistry exams. Absolutely Not! If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, chewing xylitol gum for five to ten minutes can be helpful. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no replacement for the regular twice daily brushing and flossing and twice yearly dental exams and cleanings at your Provo dental office.

Utah's best family dentist Dr. David Bennett goal at Advanced Dental Care is to keep your smile beautiful and healthy for life by inhibiting dental problems before they start! If you postpone your regular visits until you feel pain, you risk increasing substantially the cost for treatment and even losing your teeth. Is it time for your dental exam?

Call us at 801-375-1414 to schedule an appointment. Our dental professionals are waiting to take care of you!

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