You may have heard this word being thrown around lately: Xylitol, the not-so-new product that is starting to pick up steam in the health and dental field (if you haven’t heard about it, don’t worry, you are about to).
But what is Xylitol? Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that looks and tastes like regular table sugar without its harmful side effects. Xylitol has fewer calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels.
Most importantly though, how does this relate to your dental health? After 40 years of studies, it has been proven that Xylitol helps prevent the growth of bacteria. It also helps reduce acidity levels in your mouth, which are directly related to tooth decay.
I believe that Xylitol is beneficial in small amounts for almost everyone, but I most strongly recommend it for those that are at higher risk for dental cavities. It can also be beneficial for those who have dry mouths, high sugar/acidic diets, or even children.
Xylitol is easily added to daily routines, making the 5-7 gram per day “dosage” simple to achieve. With many existing products such as: mints, gum, mouthwash, toothpaste and cooking substitution, this helpful carbohydrate is easy to find.
Xylitol is a SMALL addition to your routine that can make a BIG difference!
Please let me know if you would like to know more about Xylitol.
Braeside Dental Centre