Xylitol – What is all the hype about?

 In Dental Hygiene, Family Dentist, Pediatric Dentist Dublin Ohio

First thing you might ask is – what is Xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that helps balance the pH in your mouth and may help reduce tooth decay. It can be found in many products on the market including gum and candy to even baked goods. It is most commonly found in sugar free products, as the sweetness replaces traditional sugar. Many dental products are incorporating xylitol into them because it has shown benefits to the oral cavity.

Some people may naturally have a more acidic pH in their mouth making them more prone to getting cavities. In order to help balance their pH, they can make sure they are brushing twice daily, flossing and using a mouthwash. They can also tweak their diet and add more basic foods like cheese, nuts and yogurt and drink lots of water. Products with xylitol are great to use after eating as it helps balance acidic foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis.

Now you may ask – what are the common brand name products that have xylitol and where can I find them?

Lots of sugar free gum out on the market these days contains xylitol. Common brands include Mentos, Orbit, Trident, Pur, and Spry. They have also come out with a product called Xylimelts which are a great option for people that suffer from dry mouth. They are small tablets that actually stick to your back molars by your cheek near your saliva duct and help promote more saliva. Saliva is a natural defense against cavities.

Some other fun products you may want to give a try are Zollipops and Qii. Zollipops were invented by a kid as an after you eat treat for a healthy smile. They come in 6 different flavors and are super yummy. They are also available in taffy and drops. Qii is an tea that comes in lemongrass ginger and classic oolong flavors. It is another tasty option we would recommend. We do want to warn people to keep xylitol away from dogs, as it is toxic to them.

We hope you find some great products to try with xylitol to help fight cavities and create a healthy oral environment. Happy shopping!

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