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What is the Scoop on Xylitol?

Xylitol has been appearing more regularly in foods and candies and it claims it helps reduce cavities. What is it and is this true?

First, Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sweetener that is found in birch tree bark, beets,corncobs, raspberries, mushrooms, and other natural sources. Its sweetness is equal to that of sugar, but it has about 40 percent fewer calories, making it a popular sugarfree substitute. Xylitol not only cuts calories, it also cuts cavities!

How does xylitol prevent cavities?

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According to the Academy of General Dentistry, xylitol helps prevent Streptococcus mutans, the primary bacterium associated with dental caries, from attaching to teeth and tissues in the mouth. Xylitol cannot be metabolized by bacteria; as a result, the process that creates harmful, enamel-eating acids is drastically slowed. Regular use of xylitol has been shown to help reduce dental plaque—the first stage of cavity development, tartar formation, and tooth staining—and promote better oral health.

How often must I use xylitol for it to be effective?
Xylitol is a natural and convenient way to supplement daily dental care. Xylitol gum or mints used three to five times daily (for a total intake of 5 grams) is considered optimal. Because frequency and duration of exposure is important, gum should be chewed for approximately five minutes and mints should be allowed to dissolve. Dentists recommend using xylitol immediately after meals and snacks to help reduce plaque, inhibit adhesion of bacteria to the teeth, and reduce contact time of sugar on teeth.

Has xylitol been evaluated for safety?
Yes. Human consumption of xylitol has been confirmed for safety by a number of agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization’s Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives, and the EuropeanUnion’s Scientific Committee on Food. Pet owners should note, however, that xylitol is harmful to dogs. To prevent xylitol poisoning, dog owners should be aware of products that contain xylitol as a sweetener, and keep those products out of the reach of their dogs.

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What products contain xylitol and how do I find them?

Products containing xylitol have been available in the United States for a number of years. Only recently has its use become mainstream. Today, xylitol can be readily found in chewing gums, toothpastes, mouthwashes and other oral care products, candies, and some pharmaceuticals. On food labels, xylitol is classified broadly as a carbohydrate and more narrowly as a polyol.  Products containing xylito

l have been available in the United States for a number of years. Only recently has its use become mainstream. Today, xylitol can be readily found in chewing gums, toothpastes, mouthwashes and other oral care products, candies, and some pharmaceuticals. On food labels, xylitol is classified broadly as a carbohydrate and more narrowly as a polyol.

Add a Dental Visit to This Year’s Spring-Cleaning List.

Evanston Dentist CleaningA professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.

A prophylaxis, also known as a ‘prophy’ or professional dental cleaning, is an important part of your at-home oral health regimen.   It is designed to preserve the health of your teeth and gums, prevent the spread of disease and give the dentist an opportunity diagnose areas in the mouth that may need attention.”

According to the AGD it is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months. People who have healthy teeth and gums typically do not experience soreness after a cleaning.  Those with less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits may experience discomfort or heightened sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate pain.  It may also be beneficial for you to schedule more frequent hygiene appointments (every 3-4 months) until you are able to perfect your oral hygiene skills.

 

Continuing Education – Is It Really Necessary?

Dentists learning and workingContinuing education (CE) is an important component of overall professional excellence for dentists and other health care professionals.  By choosing a general dentist who frequently participates in CE programs, like Dr. Marinic, you can trust that he is up-to-date in the field of dentistry and will provide your entire family with quality treatment.

What is CE?Students learning in dental school

CE consists of classes, courses, and organized learning programs.  Dentists participate in CE after they graduate from dental school so that they can stay up-to-date in their field and learn about the latest techniques and procedures, such as laser dentistry, cosmetic procedures, or sleep dentistry.  Some CE classes are free to the dentist, and others cost thousands of dollars.

Who is required to take CE?

Doctors, dentists, and psychologists are among the many professionals required to take predetermined amounts of CE to maintain licensure and certification so that they may continue to practice within a particular state or region. 

What are professional designations?

Professional designations are given by professional bodies and organizations as a means to apply professional standards, increase the level of practice, and better serve the public.  Attaining a professional designation usually requires the completion of specific training (via CE) and/or passing an exam.

What are Fellows of the AGD?Adult learning

A general dentist who has earned Fellowship in the AGD (FAGD) has completed a minimum of 500 FAGD-approved CE hours, passed a comprehensive exam, and has been an AGD member for three continuous years.  Dr. Marinic has earned this designation.

What are Masters of the AGD?

A general dentist who has earned Mastership in the AGD (MAGD) has completed a structured and demanding set of requirements.  After receiving their FAGD, these dentists must complete a challenging course of hands-on study in 16 dental disciplines, totaling 600 hours of CE, to earn their MAGD.  Dr. Marinic has completed 90% of his requirements to earn is Mastership in the AGD.

How do these award designations benefit me?

Dr. Marinic cares about the long-term oral health of you and your family and demonstrates that concern by participating in CE.  The general dentist who remains current in general dentistry is better able to offer you and your family a variety of diagnosis and treatment choices.

Not All General Dentist’s are Created Equal

What is the Academy of General Dentistry?

academy_of_general_dentistry_60143The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists from the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the second largest dental association in the United States.  It’s the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.  The AGD Headquarters office is located in Chicago, Ill.

What is a general dentist?

General dentists are the primary dental care providers for patients of all Dr. Marinic talking to patientages. They can provide overall oral health care for you and your family.  Your general dentist, Dr. Marinic, manages the diagnosis, treatment, and overall coordination of services to meet your oral health needs.  If you need a dental procedure performed by a specialist (endodontist, periodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, etc…) Dr. Marinic, as your general dentist, will work with other dentists to make sure you get the care you need.

How does Dr. Marinic’s membership in the AGD benefit you?

Dentists learningDr. Marinic cares about long term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD.  AGD members are dedicated to continuing education to help them stay up-to-date on the latest procedures to provide you and your family with quality treatment.  Dr. Marinic remains current in general dentistry and is better able to offer you and your family a variety of diagnosis’ and treatment choices.

What are the requirements to become an AGD member?AGD Impact

Members never stop learning since the AGD requires its members to participate in at least 75 hours of continuing education every three years. Despite the requirement, however, surveys show that AGD members average more than 40 hours each year.  Dr. Marinic averages more than 50 hours each year.

What is Fellowship in the AGD?

To earn a Fellowship Award in the AGD (FAGD), Dr. Marinic had to complete a minimum of 500 continuing dental education credit hours, pass a comprehensive exam, and have been an AGD member for three continuous years.  After membership_l1receiving his Fellowship, Dr. Marinic was able to publicize his award by adding the FAGD designation to his name.

What is Mastership in the AGD?

Dr. Marinic is now on his way to attaining a Mastership Award in the AGD (MAGD).  He must earn an additional 600 approved continuing dental education credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses.  He is 90% of the way there.  After receiving Mastership, Dr. Marinic may publicize his award by adding the MAGD designation to his or her name.