Caries and Xylitol

With the new year, comes new and exciting dental news!

A new study just released suggests that adult dental caries, or those that are at high risk of getting cavities, could possibly be prevented by using xylitol.  Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is now found in some chewing gums that helps to reduce bacteria levels in the plaque and saliva.  It was seen that the amount of bacteria that can cause cavities was reduced.  While these results are promising, they were not statistically significant, meaning more research is still needed into this new and upcoming dental health care product.

Sweets and Dental Decay

Sweets and dental decay can lead to cavities.

Dental decay comes from bacteria in your mouth that produce acids.  These acids can cause holes in your dental enamel, which is a cavity.  Cavities are able to create more serious problems in your mouth like infection that can lead to the need to take more serious action such as tooth extractions.  Sugars from candy, sweet foods, and chocolate can help accelerate the decay in your teeth.  But the decay can be easily prevented by brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once daily, and visiting your dentist on a regular basis.  Eating a balanced diet and eating nutritious, low sugar foods can also give extra help in preventing dental decay.