Xylitol as a Natural Tooth Decay Prevention.

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Following on from My last Blog I'm going to introduce the Protective Factors Week on Week that You can use to help Prevent the Devastating Chronic disease that is Tooth Decay.

Xylitol is a Sugar Alcohol and is a natural product, We actually make Xylitol in the Human Body during the Kreb's Cycle.

Most Xylitol comes from the Birch Tree in Finland but China now has developed a mechanism of extracting from Grass so We can be assured of Supplies into the future and probably less expensive as well.

Most of us are aware of Xylitol in Sugar Free Gum. Unfortunately other Sugars in Sugar Free Gum such as Sorbitol and Mannitol are converted to acid by the bacteria that cause Tooth Decay so it's essential to Choose a Xylitol only Gum or other form of confectionery to gain the benefits of Xylitol.

These benefits include reduced decay as the bacteria cannot metabolize the Xylitol and are eliminated from the mouth. There is also evidence that Xylitol reduces the formation of Glucans in the Dental Plaque making it less easy for bacteria to adhere to the teeth.

Back as far as 1976 in Turku in Finland a Study showed not only decay reductions but reversal of Minimal decayed spots in teeth, i.e the teeth healed with Xylitol in the diet.

In 2000 in the Journal of Dental Research Soderling showed that Pregnant Mothers incorporating Xylitol into their diet reduced their levels of Streptococcus Mutans,  one of the main acid producing bacteria in the Mouth. Following on from this he showed that the Children of these Mums had much less Bacteria and subsequently less decay. Another effect was a reduction in middle ear infections in these same cohort of Children.

The recommended intake of Xylitol is 6 to 10 grams a day to be effective and many specialist confectioners make gums,chocolates and Candies that are Good For Your Teeth.

So here at CorkDental.com your Cork City Dentist says Certain Sweets are Good for Your Teeth!

We're working with one of these to be the distributors for a great Range of Healthy Tooth Friendly sweets that We'll be incorporating into our new Preventive Regime that we'll be rolling out before the end of 2013.


Next Blog I'll focus on the Bacteria and ways We can focus on changing our bad bacteria to good healthy non acid producing bacteria another piece in the No Decay Jigsaw. 

Cork City Dentist introduces new Approach to Treating Tooth Decay.

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To date most dentists have treated the effects of Tooth Decay or Dental Caries rather than the disease itself.

The effects can be devastating especially in Young Children, resulting often in Phobic patients.

We know that only 50% of the population regularly attend the dentist. Many others only attend when it's too late and extraction, Root Canal Treatment or costly crown and bridgework are needed.

Now we are introducing a new concept where patients can treat the disease itself and reduce the effects.

Dr., Seward recently completed a training course with Professor John Featherstone from the University of California San Francisco.

Having Met Prof., Featherstone in 2006 at the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry in Seattle and keeping in touch with him in the intervening Years

Dr., Seward had been changing his approach to this disease. Now with this new information we will be implementing the CAMBRA (Caries Management by Risk Assessment) philosophy into our practice.

We will be utilising cutting edge research to help our patients reduce the effects of Tooth Decay and have healthier mouths with less need for us to intervene.

We will be educating our patients to the cause bad acid producing bacteria and showing how Caries is a transmissible disease and introducing the use of a regime depending on what category of risk, low, medium, high or extreme you fall into.

Use of antimicrobial rinses, Xylitol,Effective Oral hygiene  , Ozone and Fluoride along with Education will help Patients help themselves to reduce greatly and hopefully eradicate the need for us to drill, fill or God forbid extract teeth.

In many cases treating Expectant Mothers can reduce the effects on the newborn by ensuring that they have a healthy bacterial flora and reducing the need for dental intervention.

Contact Us for details of this Programme or to invite Dr., Seward to speak to interested groups.