Xylitol - A Sweet Way to Fight Cavities (page 1 of 2)
Wouldn't it be great if we could eat a tasty treat, and fight cavities at the same time? Xylitol (think xylophone) is a natural sweetener found in many plants, such as corn, berries, and birch trees. Our own body produces about 10-15 grams per day as part of normal body functions.
Xylitol looks and tastes like sugar. It is just as sweet and can be used in recipes instead of sugar. What is most remarkable about xylitol is that it fights the bacteria that cause cavities.
These bacteria usually feast on sugar, breaking it down into acid. The acid rests on our teeth creating holes, which we call cavities. The bacteria also eat xylitol, but cannot break it down into acid. No acid, no cavity.
Studies using xylitol as either a sugar substitute or a small dietary addition have demonstrated a dramatic reduction in tooth decay, along with some reversal of existing dental caries.