Skin & Hair Glossary of ingredients & terms. Defining what skin & hair ingredients are and how to best use them. Updated regularly.
- Xylitol is an ingredient included in some dental chewing gums to block bacteria’s ability to stick to teeth, stopping the cavity-causing process. Xylitol reduces decay-causing bacteria and bad breath for a healthy smile. Regularly chewing gum with Xylitol after a meal reduces the overall levels of decay-causing bacteria in the mouth. (1) The American Dental Association states that chewing sugar-free gum after meals and snacks rinse off and neutralize the enamel-harming acids released by bacteria. According to the ADA, â€œboth the act of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in the gum stimulate ten times the normal rate of saliva flow.â€
- American Dental Association, Scientific Panel Issues Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations: Sugar-Free Polyol Gum, Lozenges and Hard Candy, Nonfluoride Varnishes Help Prevent Cavities