What Is Xylitol?

What Is Xylitol?

Author - Linford Dash - Nov 1st 2023
  • What actually is Xylitol
  • What benefits Xylitol has on YOUR oral health
  • Why it is good for your kids to start NOW


Where does Xylitol come from?

Xylitol is found in fruits and vegetables but is most commonly extracted from hardwood trees. Yes, it is a natural product! Without overcomplicating the subject, it is most commonly used as a glucose (sugar) supplement. Why? you may ask. Because it has far fewer calories and has significant benefits for your oral health. (But more on that later.)

Xylitol Vs Sugar 

We all know sugar is bad for your teeth. Eating a lot of sugary candy or chewing bubble gum is an imminent dental disaster waiting to happen. BRING ON THE CAVITIES! But what’s the alternative?

Xylitol is often used to replace sugar as it's better for your teeth. It actually lowers plaque levels in your mouth which can improve your oral health. Xylitol also has a low glycemic index (GI). This means that consuming xylitol does not raise blood glucose or insulin levels in the body.

Is Xylitol good for my teeth?

The simple answer is…Yes! Xylitol does not cause tooth decay. Various studies have shown that xylitol decreases acid-producing bacteria by up to 90%. Xylitol also keeps the bacteria from adhering to the tooth surface which helps reduce plaque. To be clear, that does not mean you can throw away your toothbrush just yet. You must still brush your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes. But by integrating xylitol into you and your family's routine you can make a big long-term impact on your oral health. For a toothbrush that is affordable but also uses the latest technology, have a look at ORDO’s new Sonic Lite range. You can look after your teeth while looking after your wallet as well!



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Xylitol is recommended for children!

Your teeth don’t hit an age and say, “Let’s start decaying!”. Tooth decay has been found in children under the age of 5. This means you need to start trying to prevent it straight away. Xylitol acts as a deterrent for these bacteria and keeps the mouth's acid level down. In addition, it also increases the flow of natural saliva to aid in repairing damaged enamel. I repeat this does not replace brushing or flossing but adding it to your routine will increase both your health and oral health of your children.

To Sum it all up

We at StarMintz recommend you incorporate xylitol into your daily routine. You can find xylitol in many forms; toothpaste, mouthwash, oral sprays, chewing gum or Mints. Xylitol is a natural product with 40% less calories than sugar.

Warning - Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs! If you are a pet owner, you must keep xylitol away from them as this has been proven to be life-threatening. All legit xylitol products will have a warning on them to say this.

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