Xylitol

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener, that looks and tastes just like regular table sugar.

What is xylitol?

  • It has about a third of the calories as table sugar, making it an excellent sugar substitute
  • It also helps to prevent dental caries and to reduce plaque formation
  • Xylitol-containing products have also been shown to increase salivary flow, which helps people with dry mouth
  • Xylitol also works with the increased saliva to help tooth remineralization
  • Unlike sugar, xylitol is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay
  • Researchers have found that regular use of xylitol chewing gum after meals significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay
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