Whether it’s in your favourite chewing gum, your breakfast cereal or even your morning coffee, sugar is everywhere and your smile pays a hefty price. Luckily, your sweet tooth can have it all with xylitol. Here’s what you should know about your dentist’s favourite sugar alternative.
WHAT IS XYLITOL?
Xylitol is a natural sweetner that can be found in most plants, including your favourite fruits and vegetables. Widely used as a sugar substitute and in sugar-free chewing gums, mints, and other candies; treats containing Xylitol are easy to find in most supermarkets or bulk shops.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE XYLITOL?
If you’re looking for something sweet that won’t cause cavities or plaque, Xylitol is for you. It tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it won’t be converted into acid in your mouth, leading to tooth decay. Studies show that it reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and is also said to combat bacteria leading to ear infections.
IS IT SAFE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY?
Children, women and men can all consume Xylitol safely. That being said, there are a few safety precautions and exceptions to note:
- There isn’t enough information to confirm if pregnant or nursing mothers should steer clear of Xylitol but it’s always best to play it safe and avoid it until further research is conducted.
- Xylitol can also be toxic for dogs; even a small dose can lead to a tragic outcome. Take extra precautions when snacking on products containing this ingredient to avoid taking your furry friend to the vet. If your dog happens to snatch one up before you can get to it, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and ask our team of professionals about other ways you can improve your smile. Give us a call to set up an appointment today.