Just like sugar is an energy provider for your body, it also provides energy for the harmful bacteria in your mouth. This energy helps those bacteria to multiply, which creates the acids that eat into the protective enamel on teeth. This is how tooth decay and cavities are born.

The best way to protect and prevent tooth decay and cavities from forming is to use regular brushing and teeth cleaning. To encourage this, especially in children, toothpaste is sweetened so that it is pleasant to use. Most commonly it is sweetened with saccharin but Xylitol is being increasingly used because of its incredible advantages when fighting tooth decay.

How Xylitol and Stevia helps fight tooth decay

Xylitol is a natural sweetener, found in fruits such as strawberries and pears, and is used in a number of products, such as medicines, mouthwashes, and diabetic foods. Xylitol stops harmful bacteria attaching themselves to teeth, and doesn’t break down to create the energy as sugars do. This means less enamel eroding acid around teeth.

In fact, it is estimated that the bacteria which create tooth decaying acids decrease as much as 90% when xylitol sweetened toothpaste, foods, and drinks are used; the reason many dental associations around the world endorse xylitol sweetened toothpastes and products.

Stevia works in the same way as Xylitol, by inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, and is also used in toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Day long protection

Of course, whilst regular teeth-cleaning is advisable it is not always practical. For this reason dentists tell you to steer clear of sugary foods and drinks between teeth cleaning. This is often easier said than done, especially with the majority of processed food and drink being packed with added sugars.

Both Xylitol and Stevia promote the production of saliva, and the alkaline qualities of these natural sweeteners help that saliva fight the acids that attack the teeth. So rather than snacks and drinks sweetened with added sugars or artificial sweeteners, many people, and particularly parents concerned for their children’s all round health as well as dental health, are turning to foods sweetened with Xylitol or Stevia products.

Naturally Sweet Product’s range of Xylitol sweetened dental products, such as the Epic Fresh Fruit Dental Mints are perfect to promote day long dental care, and children will love the 1 Cal Bubblegum, Orange or Lemon drinks rather than sugar laden cokes.

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