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Healthy Treats: Try 3 Dental-Friendly Sweeteners

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Having a sweet tooth is nothing to be ashamed of, and you are not alone. This does make giving up sweets for the sake of your teeth difficult. Thankfully, there are other sweeteners that you can use when you make treats; they are good for you and your teeth.

Dark, Thick, And Mineral Rich

The first type of sugar that you should consider adding to your diet is black-strap molasses. Molasses is nutrient rich because the roots reach deep within the earth where the soil is healthy. You will find minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium in molasses. These, among the other ingredients, make molasses a wonderful addition to your diet that will prevent tooth decay.

Tooth decay occurs for several reasons, including a weak mineral content within your teeth. Minerals make your teeth strong enough to withstand bacterial attacks.

Make sure to purchase unsulphured and organic black strap molasses. You can get this type of molasses online, at your local health food store. Or, you might find black strap at your local farm.

Amber, Gooey, And Delicious

The next sweetener that you may want to incorporate into your diet is honey. This type of sugar has a few dental-friendly properties like its osmotic nature and several enzymes. The enzymes in honey help prevent oral pathogens from multiplying. Remember that an abundance of oral bacteria can lead to cavities or plaque.

The osmotic nature of honey should help destroy any harmful bacteria present in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth will dehydrate when you introduce honey to your mouth. The dehydration will be severe enough to kill them.

Remember to purchase raw and organic honey from your local health food store or online. Honey should be local and dark for maximum potency.

Snowy, Sweet Xylitol

The last sweetener you should consider adding to some of your favorite treats is xylitol. Xylitol does not have strong bacteria-killing properties, but it is a sugar that bacteria cannot eat. Harmful bacteria must feed to multiply and produce the acids that eat your enamel and teeth away.

You will successfully begin to starve the oral pathogens in your mouth by substituting your sugar with xylitol.

Remember that these sugars are not meant to cure dental ailments; they will just help you have your sweets from time to time. Make sure you talk to your dentist, so that he or she can help you monitor your oral reaction to this change.

For more information, contact Chen Sharon DMD PC or a similar dental professional.