Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

North Dallas Oral Dentistry

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, we are sometimes asked about Xylitol gum. What is it, exactly? Can a type of gum chewing really help prevent cavities?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that was first discovered in birch tree bark, but is also found in many fruits and vegetables. Unlike most other sweeteners (natural or synthetic), xylitol is actually beneficial for your teeth.

Clinical studies have established that xylitol impedes the growth of the bacteria that initiates decay. It also diminishes plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For those who live with frequent dry mouth, xylitol gum or mints can stimulate saliva production while preserving against cavities.

Is xylitol gum as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing the dentist regularly? Absolutely not! If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chewing xylitol gum for five or ten minutes is probably a good idea. However, you should still brush your teeth thoroughly (with a soft brush) after meals and get twice-yearly exams and dental cleanings.

At Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry in Dallas, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental problems before they start. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Dr. Howard Kessner General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry:

972-248-8525

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

7522 Campbell Rd #120
Dallas, Texas
75248

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Dallas dentist Dr. Howard Kessner has been providing exceptional cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, general dentistry and so much more for more than 45 years to patients in and around the Dallas, Texas area. He also offers free second opinions to anyone facing major dental procedures. Located near the Prestonwood neighborhood, he serves patients from all over the DFW Metroplex including the communities of North Dallas, Richardson, and Plano, TX, students and faculty from the University of Texas Dallas and zip codes 75080, 75093, 75248, 75252 and 75287. https://www.drkessner.com/

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