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On a Quest to Improve Your Child's Oral Health? Why Xylitol May Be Your Superhero

On a Quest to Improve Your Child's Oral Health?

Do you struggle with your child when it comes to proper oral care? Is making them brush and floss similar to pulling teeth? Even if they are diligent about cleaning, some kids are more prone to cavities and tooth decay than others.

Xylitol may be the answer you’ve been searching for. Here’s how using it for teeth and gum can protect your child’s cute little grin.

Superhero Capabilities

Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in fruits and vegetables. Fruits are a fantastic way to get the xylitol you need, and they nourish your gut bacteria and alleviate effects on your liver. Xylitol is also a healthy alternative and sugar substitute in toothpaste and chewing gum.

Using xylitol can be a game-changer for children’s oral health. It’s used as an antibacterial substitute to prevent cavities and gingivitis. Xylitol has the benefit of tasting sweet with 40% fewer calories than sugar.

Xylitol is frequently used in patients with diabetes but is becoming more common in promoting good oral health. Bacteria in your mouth is what causes those pesky cavities. Xylitol doesn’t have the same properties as sugar does, so bacteria can’t use it to grow like it can use sugar.

Oral Health

Keeping your mouth clean is essential to good oral health, and it helps to know how to use xylitol for teeth and gum benefits. Instilling dental care practices in your child’s daily life can save their mouths from a world of pain as they age. Here are some ways you can help your child improve their oral health.

Baby Teeth

Wipe the insides of babies’ mouths with a washcloth to eliminate bacteria on their gums. When their teeth start growing in, brush them twice daily with a small, soft brush and water. Speak with your dentist about a fluoride varnish application on your child’s first tooth, which can prevent 33% of cavities in baby teeth. Fluoride supplements are available if you don’t have 0.7 milligrams per liter of fluoride in your drinking water.


Fluoride is ingested from water and food and strengthens your teeth. Like anything, it can be dangerous if a child consumes too much of it, so monitor your child’s intake. Too much can cause a condition called fluorosis, which leads to white spots on your teeth.

The amount of fluoride consumed from food and water sometimes isn’t enough to prevent decay. Most mouthwashes and toothpaste contain fluoride, but using those doesn’t guarantee the right amount for children. Dentists recommend professional applications of fluoride twice a year just to be safe.

Xylitol Gum

Xylitol can be found in almost every sugar-free gum or candy and is an excellent way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It is used to sweeten items naturally. There have been many xylitol gum benefits found in children who chew them.

Xylitol decreases and fights bacteria found inside the mouth that causes cavities and tooth decay. A study conducted on kindergarten students showed that 6 grams of xylitol distributed in three gum breaks a day yielded the best results for improving oral health. Over two years, children who chewed the gum with xylitol had 65% fewer caries (tooth decay) than those who didn’t chew xylitol gum.

Xylitol’s Cape

The benefits of chewing xylitol gum alone are enough to help any child fight tooth decay and prevent cavities. Utilize these methods and let xylitol wear the cape for your child’s improved oral health.

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