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Dr. Randy Parham and Xylitol – Sharing a Common Goal

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First, what is Xylitol? Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar, but has fewer calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. Xylitol is found in small amounts in many fruits and vegetables and is therefore considered natural. Humans even produce small amounts of it via normal metabolism. It is a common ingredient in sugar free chewing gums, candies, mints, diabetes friendly foods and oral care products.


Several studies suggest that it can improve dental health and have various other important benefits. This is why Dr. Parham recommends various products that contain Xylitol.


One of the leading risk factors for tooth decay is a type of oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. This is the bacteria mostly responsible for plaque.


Although having some plaque on the teeth is normal, when it goes out of hand the immune system starts attacking the bacteria in it. This can lead to inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis.


Well… these oral bacteria feed on glucose from food, but they can not use xylitol. Replacing sugar with xylitol therefore reduces the available fuel for the harmful bacteria.


But the effects of xylitol go beyond that… even though the bad bacteria can not use xylitol for fuel, they still ingest it.


When the bacteria are full of xylitol, they are unable to take up glucose, so essentially their energy-producing pathway is “clogged” and they end up dying.


In other words, when you chew gum with xylitol (or use it as a sweetener), the sugar metabolism in the bacteria is blocked and they literally starve to death.


In one study, using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum reduced levels of the bad bacteria by 27-75%, while it had no effect on the friendly bacteria.


Xylitol also has other dental benefits:

  • Increases absorption of calcium in the digestive system, which is good for your teeth and may also protect against osteoporosis.
  • Increases production of saliva. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which get picked up by the teeth and aid in remineralization.
  • Reduces the acidity of saliva, which helps to fight acid-driven degradation of tooth enamel.


Numerous studies show that xylitol, either by replacing sugar or adding it on top of the diet, can reduce cavities and tooth decay by as much as 30-85%.


Because inflammation is at the root of many chronic diseases, it makes sense that reducing plaque and gum inflammation could have benefits for the rest of your body as well.


Dr. Parham has been selected as the top dentist in Fort Worth to represent and provide Xlear products. Xlear Inc. is recognized as the leading manufacturer of xylitol-based products in North America. It is an honor to be not only be selected as a Xlear retailer, but to be associated with a top notch manufacture that provides products that can improve dental health, states Randy Parham, D.D.S.


Please come by our office and purchase any of Xlear products or visit www.xlear.com for more information.

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