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Fighting Cavities with Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found naturally in trees, fruits, and vegetables. It’s also found naturally in the human liver, which is why it is safe for humans to consume. Unlike table sugar, which breaks down in the mouth and creates an acidic, cavity-promoting pH, xylitol does not break down and therefore does not create any harmful acids.

Xylitol can be found in an array of products—including candies, mints, lemonade mixes, all-purpose sweeteners, and certain brands of chewing gum—which can help patients fight cavities without forcing them to drastically change their daily oral hygiene regimen. It is usable for diabetics as a lower-calorie alternative to table sugar because it is metabolized differently than sugar and it actually possesses approximately 33% fewer calories than sugar. The dental benefits of Xylitol extend into the saliva due to its alkalinity affect.  This higher pH causes calcium and phosphate salts to repair weak, soft enamel. 

Xylitol is 100% natural.  Dr. Allen uses the neti pot XClear refills which contain Xylitol and swears by it.  Huntersville Earth Fare is his local source.  As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), remember to use distilled or sterile water in the mixture to avoid possible introduction of bugs from tap water.  

Furthermore, nasal rinsing can be initiated as early as 2 years old.   If you’re breathing well through your nose, you’re much less likely to breathe through your mouth.  Mouth-breathing  promotes bacteria overgrowth in the mouth which accelerates loss of bone and tissue….so clear those noses up.

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