WHAT IS XYLITOL?
A sweet, white substance which tastes like sugar. It has 40% fewer calories than sucrose and is diabetic friendly. It is organic and natural, it can be found in the fibres of many fruits and vegetables including corn, berries, mushrooms or the wood of trees such as the Birch. It is also produced naturally in small amounts by our bodies.
This sweetener has the power to protect teeth.
WHAT DOES XYLITOL DO?
2 Way Action - rids the mouth of harmful bacteria AND promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic (“good”) bacteria. The harmful bacteria in the plaque biofilm metabolise sucrose and carbohydrates to grow and multiply. They can create sticky threads that allow them to attach to the tooth surface to form thick layers and acids that damage teeth. However, when plaque bacteria absorb xylitol, their ability to multiply, produce acids and stick to teeth is significantly reduced. Using Xylitol chewing gum means less plaque will form on teeth and eventually plaque bacteria becomes undetectable in the mouth. Xylitol also raises the pH of the mouth (makes it less acidic) and encourages mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. This can protect and re-mineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.
HOW DOES XYLITOL WORK?
A bacterial cell is composed primarily of a jelly substance called cytoplasm which is contained by the cell membranes. This portion of a cell surrounds a spaghetti pile of cellular DNA called nucleoid. When products with sugar or carbohydrates are consumed, sugar will dissolve in saliva and then be absorbed by bacteria in plaque on teeth. The sugar is absorbed into the cytoplasm layer and then transported to feed the cell with energy to reproduce and multiply. Xylitol is readily absorbed by plaque bacteria, where it travels into the cell cytoplasm. The difference is that the cell lacks the mechanism to generate energy from the xylitol to multiply and reproduce. Furthermore the cell tries to expel the Xylitol and expends energy trying to push the Xylitol away and out of the cell. This process of using energy to no purpose is called a “futile cycle” and impedes the bacteria’s ability to stick to the teeth and produce damaging acid. Toxic and cavity-forming plaque bacteria die each time they are in contact with Xylitol. As harmful bacteria are cleaned away, the new Xylitol-resistant bacteria take their place. These new bacteria do not produce acids, do not damage teeth and also do not form sticky layers of plaque. These bacteria appear to form a protective coating over teeth, fighting off the intruding bacteria and protecting enamel from substances that may harm teeth.
WHY IS XYLITOL BETTER FOR TEETH THAN OTHER SUGARLESS SWEETENERS?
Xylitol is a small 5 carbon alcohol and it has completely different chemistry from other similar-sounding sweeteners found in other commercial products. Most sugarless sweeteners have large 6 carbon molecules, making them too big to penetrate the protoplasm of a bacteria cell. These sugarless sweeteners may not feed bacteria cells, but they don’t kill the cells like Xylitol does. Bacteria learn to process sorbitol, commonly found in commercial sugarless chewing gum, after about three exposures. Harmful bacteria cells are able to set up pathways that allow sorbitol to transport into the cytoplasm and provide the energy to the cell. Plaque bacteria use this energy from sorbitol to grow and multiply. This can lead to thicker plaque and may even give rise to acid reflux conditions in the throat and stomach.
THE BENEFITS OF XYLITOL
Continuous use of Xylitol creates a desirable environment for healthy mouth bacteria and an undesirable environment for the unhealthy plaque bacteria. After 5 weeks of eating at least 6 grams of Xylitol each day the sticky plaque bacteria will no longer be found on teeth. After 6 months of continuous Xylitol use these bacteria will be undetectable in saliva, on teeth and the tongue.
Never before has chewing gum been so good for your dental health. Xylitol Chewing Gum not only tastes great but is proven to reduce plague, stop new plaque formation and protect against tooth decay.
You’ll love the 6 exciting flavours all 100% sweetened with natural xylitol:
* Green Tea
* Fresh Fruits