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Did you know that you can help your children combat potential cavities (tooth decay) just by having them chew a particular type of gum?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends the use of xylitol chewing gum to improve the oral health of children, teenagers, and individuals with special needs.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is used as a sweetener and also discourages the growth of bacteria. Chewing gum containing xylitol can help diminish your child’s risk of tooth decay. Here is how xylitol indirectly helps infants too.
The AAPD suggests mothers chew xylitol gum two to three times per day beginning three months after giving birth and continuing until the child is two years old. The reason is that mothers typically share eating utensils, food, and drinking glasses with their children. This can lead to the spread of oral bacteria that causes cavities. Research shows that chewing gum containing xylitol can reduce developing cavities by up to 70 percent by the time a child is five years old.
Xylitol, which is used as a sugar substitute, can also be added to food, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Adding xylitol to the diet significantly reduces the chance of new tooth decay and can even reverse the presence of existing dental caries. Having xylitol in your system also bolsters the effectiveness of other methods of preventive care.
Additional research has found that xylitol produces noticeable, positive results when intake consists of 4-20 grams per day, consumed in three to seven periods per day. An extremely high intake of xylitol actually may lead to diminishing returns.
We suggest visiting your local health food store or searching the Internet to find gum or other products that contain 100 percent xylitol.
Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease among children in America. Approximately 80 percent of the population of the United States has suffered from tooth decay in some shape or form by the time they have turned 17 years old.
Preventive care remains the best defense against tooth decay, especially in children. At Pittsford Dental Excellence Center, we pride ourselves on our pediatric treatment. Contact our office in Pittsford, NY, at (585) 248-2575 to learn more.
Pittsford Dental Excellence Center is here to serve patients in the area of Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.