Is my saliva acidic?

It may have been a few years ago.  Do you remember discussing pH in high school chemistry?  Here’s a quick recap, in case it has been awhile.  pH is a number that ranges from 0 to 14.  You can think of 7 as the middle.  So, for example, water has a neutral pH with a pH of 7, right in the middle.  Is that high school chemistry class starting to come back?  Acids have a pH with anything smaller than a 7.  The smaller the number, the more acidic the food. Alkalines, or bases, have a pH with anything above 7. So what does it mean when your saliva is acidic? Saliva that is too acidic or at a pH less … Continue reading →

Why we Love Xylitol!!!

They sent us some free samples of Xylitol Gum to our office.

Taken From California Dental Association MOVING FORWARD. TOGETHER. What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that helps prevents cavities. You may recognize other sugar alcohols used in sugarless products, such as mannitol and sorbitol. Xylitol is the sugar alcohol that shows the greatest promise for cavity prevention. It is equal in sweetness and volume to sugar and the granular form can be used in many of the ways that sugar is used, including to sweeten cereals and hot beverages and for baking (except when sugar is needed for yeast to rise). How does xylitol prevent cavities? Xylitol inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities. It does this because these bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) cannot utilize xylitol to … Continue reading →