What You Should Know About Xylitol
In our last post, we talked about some foods that can benefit your oral health. Today, we’d like to highlight another aspect of nutrition—one that lets you enjoy sweets without harming your teeth. We’re talking, of course, about xylitol.
What Is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is taken from fibrous parts of plants. In use since the 1960s, xylitol has a far different effect on the body when compared to sugar or corn syrup.
The most significant difference is that xylitol doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria. In other words, instead of turning the mouth into an acidic, pro-bacteria environment, it creates a neutral environment, making it harder for bacteria to cling to teeth. It’s for that reason that some toothpaste brands also contain xylitol.
There are also dietary benefits to consider. Xylitol is a beneficial option for patients with diabetes, and it has fewer calories and carbohydrates, which is good for anyone.
So, where can you find xylitolcandies, gums, and mints? Natural food stores will often sell xylitol products, but even your local grocery store or Wal-Mart may have what you’re looking for. You can also look online at what Amazon, xlear.com and Ice Chips.