Riina Runnel University of Tartu, Lecturer in Oral and Dental Diseases, PhD Every now and then, people ask me about the harmful properties of xylitol. Xylitol is a natural substance which is much healthier than many other sugars. In moderate quantities, it is necessary for protecting teeth on a daily basis both in toothpastes as […]
One of the most common questions dentists are asked by parents is what to do to keep teeth and gums healthy. This question relates widely to caries prevention. People with physical and mental disabilities are at high risk for dental diseases. The most common oral and dental diseases among the disabled are bleeding of the […]
Jana Olak Professor in University of Tartu, Institute of Dentistry Tooth cavities, also known as caries, are one of the most common diseases in humans, and most of the time, the sequence of cavity forming process begins already by childhood. Although there are hundreds of different germs in the mouth, the germ Streptococcus mutans […]
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is found in many fruits. Bacteria inhabiting our oral cavity are unable to break it down, unlike crystalline white sugar. Therefore, after ingestion of xylitol no acid attacks occur, that could weaken the tooth surface. Moreover, the bacteria that cause caries fall into energy shortage and will not multiply.
Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener, the kind that does not contribute to the formation of dental cavities. One can appreciate, for example, that the natural cooling sensation experienced when drinking birch juice is precisely due to xylitol – a substance that can also be found in various berries. Bacteria that cause dental caries in […]