What is Xylitol?
by: Dental Assistant Team
Xylitol is found in low concentration in the fibers of many fruits and vegetables.
It can be extracted from berries, oats, and mushrooms. Among some of its properties in health, it is beneficial for dental care, diabetes, and ears and upper respiratory infections.
It was discovered in Europe in the late 19th century by Germans and French and was first popularized there as a safe sweetener for people with diabetes that would not affect insulin levels.
Xylitol is produce by hydrogenation of xylose which converts the sugar into a primary alcohol. Its dental significance was researched in Finland in the early 70's when scientists demonstrated its dental benefits.
It is considered a tooth friendly non fermentable sugar alcohol. Its interaction through saliva may remineralize enamel before caries form. Studies have shown chewing Xylitol gum interferes with the bacterial growth and reproduction causing tooth decay.
At least six grams of Xylitol a day is needed to show dental benefits, so look for Xylitol gum, Xylitol candy and Xylitol toothpaste!
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Article date: Jul. 12 2013
Type: Choosing A Dentist
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County