Xylitol

What is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener. It is a sugar alcohol that is found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, lettuce, hardwoods, and corncobs. In addition, our bodies make up to 15 grams of xylitol a day.

Xylitol has been shown to lower your risk of getting cavities.

How it Works:

  1. Bacteria can’t use xylitol for energy like they can sugar. If you chew a piece of xylitol gum, the sugar gets left alone and no acid is made.
  2. No Acid=No Cavities, therefore Xylitol reduces cavities.
  3. Xylitol reduces harmful, cavity-causing bacteria. It also helps prevent dental plaque (bacteria) from sticking to the teeth.

Who should consume xylitol?

Xylitol was recommended for the use of children by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in 2006. Both children and adults can consume xylitol products.Kids as young as 2 can use xylitol breath sprays.



How much?

Studies show that 6 to 8 grams of xylitol per day is very effective.



How to use xylitol

It is not necessary to replace all sweeteners to get the dental benefits of xylitol. Look for xylitol sweetened products that encourage chewing or sucking to keep the xylitol in contact with your teeth. The best items have xylitol listed as the first ingredient.



How often?

Use xylitol at least 3 but preferably 5 times every day.



When to use?

Use xylitol immediately after eating. Clear the mouth by rinsing with water first,

if possible. Between meals, replace ordinary chewing gum, breath mints, or breath

spray with xylitol products.

 

Smiles in Motion has gum and toothpaste with xylitol available to purchase.

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