Birch sugar (xylit) decorated with birch branches on an old wooden boardWhile standing at the supermarket, you may have seen sugarless gum alternatives available near the cash register when you’re checking out. With so many choices of gum, you may wonder if the sugar free brands are just as tasty and satisfying as the ones with sugar. However, by choosing a sugar free gum with xylitol, you are actually making a great choice when it comes to the health of your teeth! Dr. Sharon Schindler and her team at Schindler Dentistry in Columbus, OH can help patients understand the benefits of this ingredient found in gums approved by the American Dental Association, or ADA.

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sugar that is often found in many fruits and vegetables, but is commonly derived from birch bark and corn cobs. It can sweeten gum and is also available as a sweetener for other products. It has half the calories of regular sugar and works differently, stopping the growth of bacteria instead of contributing to it. This sweetener does not bond with bad bacteria as traditional sugar does, helping in preventing tooth decay and disease. It is a great alternative to sugary gums and treats while providing an extra step towards a healthier smile!

How long do I have to chew sugarless gum for it to be beneficial?

In order to enjoy the full benefits of xylitol sugarless gum, it is critical that the gum is chewed for at least five minutes. It is recommended to do this three to five times a day, best after eating a meal or drinking beverages.

Find out more about the benefits of xylitol gum

At Schindler Dentistry of Columbus, OH, we understand how important it is to have good oral health habits each and every day to maintain a healthy smile. If you are interested in learning more about sugarless gum and how it can not only freshen your breath but fight off cavities and disease, contact Dr. Sharon Schindler and her team in Columbus by calling (614) 586-0609. We are open to new and returning patients at the practice, located in Suite #175 at 775 Yard Street.