Bacteria Cause Cavities
Cavity-causing bacteria can turn just about anybody’s pearly whites into a dental nightmare. As they break down the sugars in the foods you eat and drink, these bacteria produce a steady flow of acid that destroys the calcium and phosphate bonds in your teeth. If you lose enough of these essential minerals, you will get a cavity.
Brushing & Flossing Don’t Eliminate Bacteria
Dentists can repair cavities with fillings but fillings don’t eliminate bacteria. Brushing and flossing can temporarily remove the bacteria from the tooth surface, but unless you use a new toothbrush every time you brush you’re actually reintroducing bacteria into your mouth.
Xylitol Inhibits Bacteria Growth
Xylitol can help reduce bacteria.
Cavity-causing bacteria are obsessed with sugar in the same way that most trick-or-treaters are. Fortunately for your teeth, experts tell us these same bacteria mistake xylitol for sugar and bring it into their cellular walls through an uptake system that converts it into an unusable molecule (xylitol phosphate). Over time, the unusable xylitol builds up inside the cell and effectively clogs up the bacteria's digestive system, rendering them unable to produce acid.
The California Dental Association* explains xylitol's incredible power this way:
"Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does this because these bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize xylitol to grow.
"Over time with xylitol use, the quality of the bacteria in the mouth changes and fewer and fewer decay-causing bacteria survive on tooth surfaces. Less plaque forms and the level of acids attacking the tooth surface is lowered."
Regular Use of Xylitol May Reduce Your Risk of Tooth Decay
Dental experts recommend the regular use of 6-8 grams of xylitol per day to protect your teeth. Epic makes it simple for you to get the recommended 6 daily grams of xylitol because no one gives you more xylitol for less.
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* Source: California Dental Association