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Posts for: March, 2012

By Max Arocha DMD
March 16, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: xylitol probiotics  

Our goal is to provide you with the science, education and tools that will help you keep plaque in check. After all, this sticky film is the main culprit for both dental decay and periodontal disease.

Bacteria break down sugar and produce an acid that dissolves enamel and lead to decay. Gum tissue is highly susceptible to the toxic waste products released by the bacteria and formation of plaque, leaving your gums vulnerable to inflammation and infection or periodontitis.

Advanced dental research is helping us better understand hoe to control the overgrowth of oral bacteria. Prevention is beginning to focus on changing the oral environment.

Not all bacteria make-up of a healthy mouth differs greatly from a mouth full of cavities or periodontal disease. Researchers have identified friendly bacteria present in healthy mouths that are missing from diseased mouths.

 THE “NEW SIENCE” BEHIND A HEALTHY SMILE

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Recent studies offer evidence that the natural sweetener “xylitol” can help change the oral bacterial environment by blocking the metabolism of sugar.

Xylitol is a small molecule than fructose or glucose. It passes through the bacterial cell wall. Since the bacteria cannot metabolize the xylitol, it can not produce tooth-destroying acid.

Also under study is the role of “oral probiotics” in maintaining oral health. You are probably heard about probiotics to promote intestinal health; however, recently researchers have suggested the use of probiotics to boost oral health, as well.

Current research shows that specific oral probiotics can foster a healthier balance of oral bacteria. We will keep you updated about this promising research.

Remember, nothing works better than the tired-and-true method of healthy diet, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental checkups.




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