Xylitol is ideal for use in chewing gum because it helps maintain a neutral pH level in the mouth by starving harmful bacteria of their food source. In other words, bacteria can’t use xylitol as energy to reproduce and form acid in the mouth. In contrast, when sugar (sucrose) breaks down, it’s used by oral bacteria as energy to multiply and produce acids that can strip away tooth enamel of its protective minerals.
In addition to the numerous studies that have shown xylitol’s benefits for dental health and prevention of tooth decay, xylitol is a sugar free sweetener that’s similar to sugar (sucrose) in sweetness but contains 40% fewer calories. That’s important because it provides many of the benefits of sucrose such as mouth feel and bulk, but without the calories and risk of tooth decay commonly associated with sucrose. Additionally, xylitol has a glycemic index < 10 (compared to sucrose which has a glycemic index of 60–70) which means it has a negligible effect on blood sugar and insulin.
Technically, xylitol is a sugar alcohol, or polyalcohol and is a natural occurring substance that can be found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables. It’s also found naturally in birch and other hardwood trees. However, most xylitol is produced commercially using plant fiber (like corn husk), which contains xylan.
That’s why Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, clean between your teeth once a day, use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste, replace your toothbrush once every three to four months, eat a balanced diet, and see your dentist regularly. To quote Benjamin Franklin “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
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