Did you know that eating candy and chewing gum with Xylitol can actually reduce the incidence of cavities?
Xylitol is a sweetener that can be found naturally in berries, fruits, vegetables and mushrooms. It is not a sugar. Cavities are the result of the combination of sugar and microorganisms causing acid, which in turn lowers the pH in the mouth, dissolving the surface of tooth enamel. The more sugar eaten, the more porous the enamel and higher the incidence of decay. Xylitol helps to keep the pH higher and the porous enamel to harden again. Xylitol is safe and approved by the FDA. It can be found in chewing gum and many other products. Read labels and try to get products with Xylitol as the first ingredient.