Lotte Xylitol

Three-pronged dental care
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Nine out of ten people are affected by dental cavities!
These holes in the enamel and dentin layers of the teeth are caused by sugar, which is the catalyst for bacterial growth to multiply in your mouth. Sugar and dental plaque constantly form around and in-between tooth spaces; covering tiny crevices, pits, fissures and grooves. Acid in dental plaque starts eating away at your tooth, resulting in cavities.
Mutans streptococci, the common bacteria found in our mouth, absorbs the sugar and carbohydrate from our food and drink and metabolizes them into lactic acid. The acid will then decalcify or mineralize the tooth enamel, making it vulnerable to decay.
However, employing good practices in oral hygiene can prevent dental cavities!
The first power for good oral health is brushing thoroughly at least twice daily. Though we do this regularly, it is still important to know how to brush our choppers properly. Choose a good toothbrush; one that can extend to hard-to-reach surfaces and is gentle on the gums as well. Always use toothpaste with fluoride. And, when brushing, spend half a minute in each section of your mouth. Proper brushing, along with flossing and gargling with mouthwash, removes dental plaque easier; keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
Yet, no matter how properly we brush and floss often, we still need to practice the second power in good oral health: visiting our dentist twice a year! Avoiding your tooth doctor could result in decay and even more serious problems like gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis that could lead to tooth loss. Proper oral hygiene includes regular check-ups with your dentist in order to detect and prevent more serious health problems.
The main ingredient xylitol, a natural sweetener derived from birch tree and the fibers of many fruits & vegetables, thwarts the process of dental plaque formation and cavity build-up. This natural sweetener is used in a plethora of products. It has been developed in Europe as an alternative sweetener for people with diabetes and hyperglycemia. It is widely used, too, in many Finnish confectioneries and other sweets from different countries. Unlike sucrose, it cannot be metabolized by bacteria. Without the aid of sugar, the bacteria in our mouth cannot produce lactic acid. Thus, sugar-free Lotte Xylitol, which uses more than 50 percent xylitol as sweetener, effectively prevents the build-up of dental plaque and cavity.
Chewing sugar-free gum maintains good oral health because it promotes the production of saliva that helps remove food particles stuck in the mouth. To complement proper toothbrushing and regular dental check-ups, Lotte Xylitol dental health gum, maintains further optimum oral health. As a dental aide, it is the third power that effectively helps in protecting our teeth.
Aside from brushing your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly, chew two pellets of Lotte Xylitol four to five times a day for healthier teeth and gums.
For over a decade now, Lotte Xylitol has been in existence in other Asian markets, most notably in Japan, China and Korea, where it has gained significant inroads into the gum market. More recently, it has likewise entered the consumer markets in Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Here in the Philippines, Lotte Xylitol is the first dental health gum to use xylitol as main ingredient. It is also the only dental health gum in the country that currently bears the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) seal of recognition; thereby completing the power of three for good oral health.
So the next time you indulge onto the whims of your sweet tooth, always remember that not all happy meal endings end happily in your mouth!
Manufactured by Lotte, the leading confectionery company in Japan, Lotte Xylitol is available in blister packs and bottles. Distributed nationwide by Lotte Confectionery Pilipinas Corp., the gum comes in Blueberry Mint, Fresh Mint and Lime Mint flavors.


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