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Cavity Fighting Chewing Gum?

Clovis Oral Dentistry I’m Art Mirelez DDS, FICOI, FAGD of Mirelez Wellness Dental in Fresno. My patients often ask me if chewing xylitol gum is an effective substitute for tooth brushing and regular dental exams.

Before I answer that question, let me tell you a little bit about xylitol:

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.

Numerous clinical studies have shown that xylitol hinders the growth of the bacteria that initiates tooth decay. It also helps alleviate plaque and strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol has other benefits, as well. Because it is low on the glycemic index, many of my patients with diabetes enjoy it as a healthy alternative to sugar. For my patients that cope with frequent dry mouth, I recommend xylitol gum or mints to stimulate saliva production while preserving against dental caries.

Now, back to the golden question. Is xylitol gum just as effective as brushing your teeth and seeing your family 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 Mirelez Wellness Dental, our goal is to keep your smile healthy and beautiful for life by preventing dental troubles before they start. If you postpone dental visits until you feel pain, you risk losing teeth and most certainly will require more extensive treatment than if the trouble was caught earlier.

Is it time for a dental exam? Call us at 559-761-1871 to book an appointment. Our genuine team is waiting to take care of all your dental needs.

 

Contact Mirelez Wellness Dental: 559-761-1871

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5492 N Palm Ave Ste B
Fresno, CA – California
93704

 

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Jose Arthur Mirelez, Jr., DDS, FICOI, FAGD
5492 N Palm Ave Ste B
Fresno, CA 93704
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