Xylitol Quick {Prevention} Facts from Your St. Pete Dentist

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  • Bacteria in the presence of xylitol cannot make biofilm that can become plaque
  • Now in CAMBRA protocol for infants-adults in caries prevention.
  • For dry mouth say Xylitol is moisturizing, hydrating, and soothing
  • Xylitol is a natural 5-carb sugar that bacteria cannot metabolize: this interferes with bacteria’ss ability to produce toxins.
  • Xylitol is produced in our body 5-10 grams daily as part of digestive process
  • Xylitol occurs naturally in berries, dark green vegetables as well as other sources
  • Xylitol encourages or promotes oral health
  • More exposures daily to xylitol (especially for infants and toddlers) you deprive the bacteria of food source, which will weaken the bacteria making it harder for them to colonize

Products available in local health food stores or ordered online, www.xlear.com

Web MD states:

As a medicine, xylitol is used to prevent middle ear infections and sinus infections. It is also used as a sugar substitute for diabetics.
Xylitol is added to some chewing gums and other oral care products to prevent decay and dry mouth.

Xylitol is sometimes included in tube feeding formulas as a source of energy.

Dog owners should know that xylitol can be toxic to dogs, even when the relatively small amounts from candies are eaten. If your dog eats a product that contains xylitol, it is important to take the dog to a veterinarian immediately.

How does it work?

Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause sinus and ear infections. It is used as another prevention tool to prevent cavities and sinus/ear infections.