On our toothpaste and mouthwash labels, you’ll notice something in the list called xylitol. This plant-based substance is used as a sweetener to combat the bitterness of other ingredients and emphasize the minty flavor. Compared to regular sugars found in other toothpaste formulas, which may increase acidity in the mouth or cause burns (see post), xylitol has been known to improve oral health.
Dental Benefits of Xylitol
- Can keep bacteria from sticking to teeth
- May prevent oral infections
- Helps fights bad breath
- Maintains a neutral pH level in the mouth
- Increases production of saliva
- Reduces cavities and tooth decay
Dr. Brite co-founders Pooneh Ram DDS and Dr. Paris Sabo have carefully selected each ingredient, including xylitol, to help enhance your oral health. All of the items chosen for their dental care formulas are responsibly sourced in the USA and are never tested on animals.
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1. Can xylitol Remineralize teeth?
By increasing saliva production, Xylitol also helps to remove food particles, plaque, and bacteria that build up on the teeth. Fluoride and Xylitol work together to remineralize teeth, protecting enamel and reducing cavities.
2. Does xylitol strengthen tooth enamel?
Studies show that the sugar substitute xylitol can strengthen enamel that has been damaged in order to reduce the risk of cavities. You can maintain a healthy pH level in your mouth by drinking xylitol-containing saliva.
3. Is xylitol good for your gums?
By regularly consuming xylitol, harmful bacteria will be less likely to adhere to your teeth and gums, reducing your risk of gum disease. Additional benefits of xylitol for your oral health include: Reduces the formation of plaque.
4. Can xylitol reverse periodontitis?
Gingivitis, which is caused by poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup, can lead to receding gum lines, swollen gums, and ultimately periodontitis if left untreated. Researchers have found that xylitol may be able to reduce gingivitis in its early stages.
5. How much xylitol does it take to reverse cavities?
There is a link between xylitol consumption and a reduced risk of dental cavities, according to several studies. Studies have shown that a daily intake of five grams of xylitol is optimal, yet most over-the-counter sugarless gums contain less than half that amount.