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What Xylitol Can Do For You

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

If you’ve ever reached for a stick of sugar-free gum and checked the ingredients, then you’ve probably heard of xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that looks and tastes just like regular sugar. The difference? Xylitol is actually good for your teeth!

Xylitol is made from either corncobs or trees. Using corncobs to produce xylitol means that it is a very sustainable product and one that comes directly from nature. In fact, we even produce xylitol in our bodies every day. The average person creates about 15 grams of xylitol daily.

This natural product benefits your whole body as well as your teeth. It is good for your gums, healing wounds, and, according to one study, even in preventing ear infections. Since xylitol is derived from the fibrous part of plants, it doesn’t break down like sugar, so the pH level in your mouth remains neutral. The bacteria in your mouth can’t digest xylitol, which means that it cannot produce more acid. Lower acid levels mean that your enamel is safe and that no erosion will occur. Plus, it also helps you produce saliva, which is good for overall oral health.

Long story short, Xylitol is the healthy alternative to sugar. It has 40% fewer calories and numerous health benefits. You can try xylitol tooth gels, toothpastes, or mints for results. You can also find xylitol in the form of sinus sprays and candies!

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