What is Xylitol and What Does it Have to Do with Reducing Cavities?
Clinical tests show that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth, garnering endorsements from dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Xylitol is a naturally produced carbohydrate that can be extracted from any woody fibrous plant material. In fact, our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams every day. In addition to having about 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates when compared to sugar, xylitol has also been proven to reduce the development of bacteria. Normal mouth bacteria feed on sugar, generating acids that attack dental health. However, the bacteria are unable to properly metabolize xylitol, and therefore production of bacteria is curbed by as much as 90%.
Xylitol is used to sweeten a variety of products, including chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and candy. Additionally, other xylitol products assist those suffering from allergies and respiratory infections. In our practice, we provide and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. For fewer cavities and improved upper respiratory health ask us about xylitol!