• Xylitol

  • Xylitol is a great sugar substitute. Most people have difficulty caring for their teeth because of their love for sugary goodness. Well I have great news for people who love those things. Sugar can be substituted with a healthier option; Xylitol!

    Xylitol, looks and tastes like sugar, but is not broken down and used to decay teeth like sugar is. This makes xylitol an ideal option for all baking needs. Currently it possible to buy gum and mints with xylitol in it, instead of sugar. Make sure to check labels when buying these items. Your oral health can really improve by simply switching to xylitol.

    There have been several studies that show that by using xylitol the decay and bacterial count in children’s teeth has improved. One study shows that when mothers chew xylitol gum for the first two weeks of their child’s life that their children tend to have less tooth decay. Four studies are listed below for those who are interested.

    So for people looking for a healthier and more natural sweetener, look no further. Xylitol is a great option. And, no, I was not paid by any Xylitol companies to write this blog.

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    1. Isokangas P, Soderling E:Occurrence of dental decay in children after maternal consumption of xylitol chewing gum, a follow up from 0 to 5 years of age.

    J Dent Res 2000, 79:1885-1889. PubMed Abstract

    1. Soderling E, Isokangas P, Pienihakkinen K, Tenovuo J:Influence of maternal xylitol consumption on acquisition of mutans streptococci by infants.

    J Dent Res 2000, 79:882-887. PubMed Abstract

    1. Makinen KK, Isotupa KP, Makinen PL, Soderling E, Song KB, Nam SH, Jeong SH:Six-month polyol chewing-gum programme in kindergarten-age children: a feasibility study focusing on mutans streptococci and dental plaque.

    Int Dent J 2005, 55:81-88. PubMed Abstract