What is Xylitol?

December 13, 2018

Many of you may have heard about Xylitol. It is most often found in candies and chewing gum in place of sugar. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol sourced from corn or birch trees. It has a texture and sweetness both comparable to sugar, but with less ill effects. Xylitol is non-fermentable, meaning our oral bacteria can’t use it to produce cavity causing acids. It also prohibits bacteria from adhering to cellular tissue. This prevents oral bacteria from thriving.

Xylitol contains about 40% less calories than regular sugar and has little to no effect on insulin and blood sugar levels. These facts make it a great option for those with diabetes. In addition to candies and chewing gum, Xylitol is also often found in many dry mouth products. You can reference our previous post for a list of those products here. If you’re a habitual gum chewer, you may want to consider trying a gum with Xylitol. It’s a great sugar free option without the side effects of many artificial sweeteners and it’s great for your teeth! Spry is a great option with many flavor choices!

There are a few special considerations to consider when using Xylitol. Although our bodies make up to 15 grams of Xylitol a day, everybody is different and too much can have a laxative effect. Although safe for human consumption, it is not safe for dogs so remember to keep any Xylitol containing products out of your pets reach! If you have any questions about Xylitol or are looking for product recommendations, ask us at your next visit!



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