Xylitol is a naturally occurring substance that tastes like sugar. It is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is even produced by our bodies during normal metabolism. It is also extracted from birch trees, corncobs and other natural sources for use as a sweetener.

Why it pertains to oral health—Research has shown that the bad bacteria in our mouths do not digest Xylitol like they digest regular sugar. If they don’t have sugar to feast on, then they cannot function at a high level and cause decay. Xylitol is also effective at reducing the acidity of our saliva after meals and drinking soda.

Where you can find it—Xylitol is commonly found in chewing gum, candies, toothpastes, rinses and breath mints and drops. These items are called sugar free, but still taste sweet because of the Xylitol. These products are great not only for your child, but also for every adult. Chewing a piece of gum with Xylitol after a meal, snack or drink can really help your overall oral health without any of the bad side effects of sugar.

Recent & Related

White Spots

White Spots

Sometimes teeth have discolorations that are not darker, but actually whiter than the rest of the tooth. Small white spots called fluorosis often develop on children’s baby and adult teeth. Fluoride is found in most city water as well as in many dental...

read more
Enamel Appearance

Enamel Appearance

You may wonder about the color of your baby’s teeth. Enamel is the outer layer of our teeth. It is the hardest part of the tooth, and also the layer that provides most of the color of the tooth. Your baby’s teeth do not have to be perfectly bright white in order to be...

read more
Teething

Teething

Teething is the process of primary (baby) teeth pushing through the gums into a child’s mouth. It is a natural event that every baby goes through, and it may be painful for your baby. The average age for the first set of teeth to arrive is around six months, but...

read more

Schedule an Appointment

***If your appointment was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will be reaching out soon to reschedule***

Schedule an appointment with us by calling (616) 949-0230.