Mentioned in previous newsletters, xylitol is a natural sweetener that has an amazing property-it fights the bacteria responsible for making cavities. University studies show that xylitol may also help fight gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Xylitol is a natural compound found in many plants, such as corn, berries and the bark of birch trees. Our own bodies produce about 10-15 grams daily as a part of normal body functions. It looks and tastes like regular sugar. It is just as sweet, and can be used in recipes instead of sugar.
Xylitol interferes with bacteria's ability to make acid, which seems to explain its ability to fight cavities. It also gets in the way of other bacteria that cause gum disease, inhibiting their ability to grow and stick to our teeth.
More and more varieties of sugar free candy and gum are beginning to include xylitol as a primary ingredient.
Two pieces of xylitol sweetened gum or candy, eaten three to five times each day for about 5 minutes each time is effective.
Trident Fusion and Splash gum, Smints mints, and Tic Tac Sugar free Chill Mints are examples of xylitol sweetened candies.
Xylitol May Fight Gum Disease As Well