What do birch trees, raspberries, strawberries, adn your body have in common? They allproduce xylitol, a natural sugar known for its ability to inhibit bacterial growth and prevent cavities.
Now found in gums, mints, tablets, lozenges, and mouthwashes, xylitol has approximately the same sweetnes as table sugar with only about two-thirds the calories. studies have shown that a daily intake of approximately five grams of this sweetener will help repiar tooth enamel and inhibit the growth of dental plaque. And if used regularly for a prolonged period, xylitol can actually improve the quality of oral bacteria, since it kills the bacteria that cause decay.
Gateway to the Body
Good oral hygiene is critical for overall health because bacteria from the mouth can travel to other parts of the body.
Oral bacteria have been linked to such conditions as osteoporosis, obesity, heart disease, and atherosclerosis, as well as certain types of cancer. Conversely, the mouth —with all of its pockets, crevices, and hiding places—can provide refuge for bacteria that may be causing problems in other parts of the body, so be sure to make good use of your floss, toothbrush, and gum scraper.
Nature Knows Best
Your daily dental regiment should include products that contain natural ingredients that promote tooth and gum health. Goldenseal, echinacea, grapefuirt seed extract and neem are antibacterial botanicals that are used in various oral care applications.
Flosses containing tea tree, cranberry, myrrh, or green tea will also safeguard your mouth against plaque and bacteria.
Herbs such as aloe vera and calendula have anti-inflammatory properties that are useful for protecting the gums.
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