Preventing cavities with xylitol !
Just in case you don't know, xylitol is a naturally-occurring sugar compound (technically, a "sugar-alcohol").
In granular form, you can use it to sweeten foods and beverages, just like sucrose (table sugar). Or it can be used in specialty products such as chewing gum, mints, candies, oral rinses or even toothpaste.
If xylitol is so great, why don't you already know about it?
Here in the USA, xylitol really doesn't seem to be promoted all that enthusiastically by dentists or the media. But in other parts of the world, especially Europe and Asia, its anti-cavity benefits have been well publicised for decades.
As proof of its popularity elsewhere, in South Korea and Japan the best selling sugar-free chewing gum brands are sweetened with xylitol.
What you need to know.
Use the links below to learn more about xylitol and how its use can lower your decay rate.
As mentioned above, daily consumption of the proper amount of xylitol can reduce your risk for tooth decay on the order of 60%. Better yet, this protection will continue on for several months, possibly even years, after you've totally stopped using it.
Even more amazingly, there's a phenomenon that can occur where a mother's anti-cavity protection is passed on to her child, even though the child has never had any direct exposure at all. (Use the link above for more information about all of xylitol's benefits.)
Research suggests that xylitol defends against cavities via a couple of different mechanisms, and our pages explain how each of them works. But don't worry, the science involved is all pretty basic.
Since xylitol is a food item, it offers a very safe way to step up your level of anti-cavity protection. And those few side effects that may occur are usually managed quite easily.
Dosing levels are important. A certain minimum daily consumption is needed but ingesting more does not produce more anti-cavity effect.
Each day's exposure should be divided up so that it's consumed throughout the day. And a person's regimen must be continued on for several months before maximum protection is established.
You could get your daily xylitol exposure just by sprinkling it on the foods and beverages you regularly eat (you use it just like regular table sugar).
Or, if you prefer, you can get it from specially formulated products such as chewing gum, mints, candies, chocolate, syrups, oral rinses or toothpaste.
Of course, some products are better than others. Our pages show you different ways you can use to identify the best ones.