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Posted November 8, 2017

A Sweetner That is Good for Your Teeth?

There’s one artificial sweetener out there that has some surprising health benefits, and it might just be in the gum you’re chewing right now: xylitol.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that’s predominantly used to sweeten breath mints and chewing gum, and it’s naturally occurring in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables, including berries, mushrooms, oats, and corn. Whereas table sugar is known to cause cavities, xylitol actually has the opposite effect: Due to its chemical makeup, it actually helps repair damaged tooth enamel and can prevent cavities by starving cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. It’s also been shown to inhibit the growth of certain pathogens (including strep) in the mouth and throat.

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