What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is comparable to sucrose but contains fewer calories. Xylitol was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in 1986. Xylitol also absorbs more slowly in the bloodstream, reducing incidence of hyperglycemia.
Xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Xylitol also stimulates saliva flow in the mouth and is beneficial to patients who suffer from dry mouth. Studies have shown that individuals who chew gum sweetened with Xylitol experience a lower rate of ear infections, tooth decay, gum disease and plaque.
There is a product called Xylimelts which is an adhering disc that releases effective concentrations of Xylitol over time. At this time Xylimelts can only be purchased over the internet. A helpful website with Xylitol products is www.drjohns.com. Xylitol can also be found in certain chewing gums; read the ingredients listed on the package of gum to be sure Xylitol is included. Some products include: Ice Cubes Sugar Free Gum, Mentos Sugar Free Gum, Trident Sugar Free Gum, and Stride Sugar Free Gum.