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How Sweet It Is

Xylitol is a naturally derived sugar that has been found useful for preventing cavities and reversing tooth decay. In addition, xylitol helps prevent common childhood ear infections. Well controlled studies demonstrate that using xylitol sweetened products prevents the recurrence of acute otitis media. Studies indicate that it inhibits the growth of streptococcus pneumoniae one of the most common bacteria that cause these ear infections. There are two other less common types of bacteria that cause ear infections that do not respond to xylitol.

Xylitol also helps with sinus problems. It appears to ‘unstick’ the bacteria that adhere to the walls lining the nose and sinuses. Use of a xylitol nasal spray stimulates the body’s normal defensive washing in the back of the nose and sinuses where the bacteria causing these conditions usually live. There are indications that longer xylitol use changes the nature and behavior of pathogenic bacteria in the sinuses as it does in the mouth. The washing stimulated by the spray removes other pollutants that trigger allergic reaction or asthma attacks.

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