Dentist - Milton
Milton Mall Shopping Centre

55 Ontario St. S.
Milton, Ontario, L9T 2M3

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May 24, 2016
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What are those words that you're hoping to hear as your dentist finishes looking at your teeth during your checkup? No, it’s not "No charge today". It’s "No cavities", although I guess both would be nice.

Unfortunately, we spend a lot of our day repairing the damage done to teeth by cavities. What is a cavity? Literally, it's a hole. Just like it sounds. What causes them? It’s caused by the acid produced by bacteria feeding on sugar in your mouth. That's why we are always harping about not consuming too much sugar. Not only is it bad for your teeth, It’s bad for your health in general.

That’s where xylitol comes in. It’s a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It isn’t broken down by bacteria like sugar because bacteria can’t digest it. This helps keep a neutral pH in your mouth rather than an acidic environment which is damaging the teeth. Another benefit of xylitol is that it prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Research also shows that xylitol may help repair the damage to enamel.

The key is to take enough xylitol throughout the day to be effective. Some brands of chewing gum contain very small amounts of xylitol. You want 100% xylitol and you should be using those mints or gum five times throughout the day. If you’re not sure where to find it, ask us. We can help.

Every little bit counts in the fight against cavities. Add xylitol to your arsenal against decay.