I was wondering how one’s oral health contributes to possible sinus problems… ie. sinus headaches, etc. And, can Xylitol help this. I don’t suffer from sinus problems myself, but was curious.
The mouth, nose, ears and throat connect with each other by tubes and passages in our head.
When you realize that plaque is a bacterial INFECTION – you see how the same sticky bacteria that for plaque can easily travel to form sticky stuff in ear tubes and sinuses.
Our ear tubes originate at the back of our throat area and travel up inside our head to the ears.
Xylitol has been said to reduce children’s middle ear infections by almost 50% and Evidence Based studies at U Michigan recently confirmed this original 1940s observation.
Xlear nasal spray has xylitol in saline and it was the first xylitol product for the Spry company. A doctor noticed that xylitol cleared nasal passages better than traditional medications, but working differently because the xylitol “washes” bacteria away – by making them slippery. This means at first there may be more “nose drip” but then it goes away as the problem goes away.
Medications for sinus and blocked nose work because they open up the passages – by shrinking the lining of the nose( basically by dehydration).
This way you dry up the nose quickly – which makes you feel better, but this medication will simultaneously dry up your mouth. Dry mouth is a huge risk factor that makes plaque grow thicker….so mouth-drying medications promote sticky plaque and this can contribute to nasal blockage and dental problems!
I suggest xylitol as an excellent therapy – but expect to wait a period of time as this is a slower process – just like oral plaque reduction.
It would be sensible to use both oral and nasal xylitol together – for obvious reasons. If someone decides to stick with traditional sinus medications they need to realize the problems of dry mouth – and how Zellies can help break the cycle!!!
Hope this explains!