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Healthy Living Magazine Bad Breath

Healthy Living Magazine Bad Breath

70% of adults aged 30 years and older with some form of periodontal disease 56.4% Vs 38.4% of gum disease in men versus women 47% of adults 65 years and older with it

There are two causes for bad breath: 1) the foods that we eat and 2) tooth and gum disease (often combined with dry mouth).

Nearly half of all Americans over age 30 have gum disease—and 17% to 29% have dry mouth, also known as xerostomia.

While all gums sweeten one’s breath for a short time, only xylitol-based gums and mints actually “starve” the germs that are the leading cause of odor.

First Step for bad breath

Xylitol, a five-carbon sugar found in fruits, vegetables and mushrooms and the human body, is recommended as the first step in battling bad breath.

That’s because xylitol, available as a sugar substitute for baking and in gums, breath mints, toothpaste and mouthwash, is both a sweetener and antidote to gum disease and tooth decay.

First used in foods as a sugar substitute after World War II, xylitol has been approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Food.

The plant-derived sugar is now part of cavity prevention programs worldwide; it is recommended for diabetics for blood sugar control. In Finland, where its uses originated, xylitol gum and pastilles are given as desserts in public schools and studies have shown less tooth decay as well as fresher breath.

Read: Five Carbon Sugar Against Asthma & Allergy

Starves Malodorous Bacteria

Bacteria in the mouth use sugar to produce acid to stick to the teeth and colonize them. Although gums with sugar can temporarily refresh the breath, the sweet stuff also feeds the bad bacteria, which release acids to destroy the enamel on the teeth and cause decay.

In contrast, when one consumes xylitol, which the bacteria can’t digest, the population of bad breathers goes down (and new thicker enamel appears).

Fewer Calories

Another advantage is that xylitol has 40% fewer calories than table sugar and large-scale studies looking at its regular use (5 x daily as the first ingredient in breath mints, gum, toothpaste, mouthwash and sugar substitutes for baking) show consistent reductions in occurrence of dental caries in children and adults.

Ends Dry mouth syndrome

Xylitol also readjusts pH and stimulates saliva flow. Both are linked with bad breath. Consistently using xylitol adds to saliva’s buffering capacity and protective factors.

Increased saliva production is especially important for people suffering from dry mouth (xerostomia) due to illness, aging or drug side effects

Read: Sugar That Starves Bacteria

Shopping for xylitol

Products containing xylitol be found online and in health food stores. Xylitol is found most often in chewing gums and mints.

For the amount of xylitol to be at decaypreventing levels, it must appear as the first ingredient— for example, the HealthyLivinG Foundation, a nonprofit testing organization, recently conferred its Triple Leaf Award to Spry mints from Xlear, a manufacturer of additive-free xylitol products.

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