One of the most effective supplements to your child’s oral health is Xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substance that works to reduce and prevent cavities and is especially effective for children, adolescents and individuals with special needs.
Xylitol can be found in many fruits and vegetables, including berries, mushrooms, corn and lettuce, and is also available as a concentrate, a gum and as a sugar substitute. Xylitol works by neutralizing the acids in the mouth, which reduces enamel destruction and minimizes the risk of cavities. It also stimulates saliva production and works hand-in-hand with fluoride treatments to remineralize and provide additional protection for the teeth.
Research has shown that mothers who chew Xylitol gum beginning about three months after delivery and continuing until their child is 2 years old can reduce their child’s cavities by up to 70% by the time their child is 5 years old. Older children can receive Xylitol as a natural byproduct of eating fruit and vegetables, through chewing Xylitol gum, and consuming it as a sugar product.
To find chewing gum and other products containing Xylitol, you can visit your local health food store or ask our dentist for recommendations. We invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our dentist and learn more about the benefits of Xylitol.