Alexandria Dentists Your Alexandria dentists excel in family dentistry so you and your family can live with a healthy mouth. How can you help your family’s oral health? Brushing and flossing every day; seeing your dentists at McMillan & Associates regularly; and adding xylitol to your daily diet.

What is xylitol? It’s a natural sugar sweetener used to sweeten teas, cereals, and hot beverages. It prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth thus significantly reducing tooth decay. Studies have shown that xylitol can protect your teeth from tooth decay and even reverse existing cavities.

You and your family normally consume sugars (sucrose), which gives bacteria the energy to attack your tooth enamel. This causes tooth decay and cavities to form. With xylitol, the acid attack is stopped abruptly further protecting your teeth. If you incorporate xylitol into your family’s daily diet 3-5 times, your next trip to the dentist will be smooth and easy.

How can you incorporate xylitol into your daily diet? Here are some suggestions:

  • Start using toothpaste and mouthwash with xylitol in it
  • Buy gum and mints that lists xylitol as the first ingredient: Ice Cubes and Mentos are great carriers of xylitol
  • Use xylitol to sweeten your tea and coffee. You can find xylitol at health food stores.

Prevent future, costly dental procedures because of the inconvenience of cavities. Xylitol is the new hero against cavities, and it’ll protect your family to living with a healthy, clean mouth. Have you used xylitol? What do you use it for? Share your stories by commenting below!

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