Xylitol

Xylitol is dentistry’s latest advancement toward the continued fight against cavities. Being an all-natural sugar substitute, xylitol is similar to other common sugar substitutes except that its chemical structure mimics simple sugar (sucrose) and tricks cavity causing bacteria. Instead of consuming sugar and producing tooth damaging acid, bacteria that intake xylitol must spend its energy disposing of xylitol due to its inability to metabolize it. Attributes of xylitol include being all-natural, very-sweet tasting, has no aftertaste, similar to widely used sugar substitutes, and is diabetic safe. The shortcomings are that it can cause indigestion if consumed in large quantity and is toxic to dogs and must be kept out of reach from pets. Please review the resource websites below to learn more about the great oral health benefits, safety, consumption requirements, products, and much more.

Xylitol

 

US National Library of Medicine

CariFree

Xlear

Dr. Johns

Epic Dental