Ingredient Spotlight: Xylitol
Healthy mouths make healthy bodies. Proper dental care is an important part of keeping your body healthy—but the types of products used are equally important.
An effective oral health routine should combine flossing and brushing twice-daily with safe-to-use, health conscious products. Unfortunately for consumers, many commercial brands have lost touch with this aspect of care in the dental hygiene, personal product and cosmetic industries.
Today, most commercial toothpastes contain harsh chemicals, solvents and additives. Toxic ingredients commonly found in these brands include everything from glycerin to fluoride.
Unlike other brands, TruthPaste offers a healthy alternative to chemical toothpastes by combining natural ingredients, such as Xylitol, with essential oils and clay. The ingredients found in natural toothpaste eliminate harmful oral bacteria without introducing toxic chemicals to your body’s chemistry.
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in many plants, fruits and vegetables. Our toothpaste employs a xylitol commonly found in birch trees.
How Xylitol Works
Hundreds of different strains of oral bacteria inhabit the human mouth. While some types of bacteria are essential for the digestive process, many are detrimental to dental health.
With every meal consumed, sugar is deposited onto your teeth, tongue and cheeks. Harmful, oral bacteria then use these sugars to multiply. As oral microbes grow, they build-up to form a sticky, plaque film, which overtime causes tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis and even periodontal disease.
Regular flossing and brushing with a toothpaste containing xylitol can help reduce the amount of plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth. Although xylitol looks and tastes a lot like sugar, it cannot be used as an energy source by oral microbes.
Bacteria are unable to discern between xylitol and other sugars. Consequently, these microbes unknowingly consume xylitol—just as they would other sugars—but they are unable to process it. After ingesting the inconvertible xylitol, the bacteria die.
In addition to reducing the number of bacteria present in the mouth, xylitol aids with calcium absorption and reduces the acidity of saliva. Added calcium absorption leads to stronger teeth, bones and bodies, while a decrease in saliva acidity aids in the remineralization of teeth and the build-up of stronger enamel.
A Natural Solution for Oral Health
Building healthier bodies begins with proper dental health. While the food we consume and amount of exercise we get is important, a healthy mouth is crucial for promoting overall health and wellness.
The Center for Disease Control reports more than 90 percent of adult Americans have untreated tooth decay and cavities. When left untreated for extended periods of time, dental caries can lead to infections and disease.
By incorporating dental hygiene products containing xylitol into your dental regimen you can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth and promote total health and wellness. Xylitol provides consumers with a healthy alternative for promoting dental health without the harmful side effects of harsh chemicals commonly found in commercial toothpastes.
As a result of the numerous oral and health benefits associated with this naturally occurring, sugar-alcohol, it’s no surprise health-conscious brands are utilizing xylitol to boost the effectiveness of their products.