Xylitol Starves The Bad Bacteria in The Mouth and Has Major Benefits for Dental Health

Oral bacteria feed on sugar from food, but they can not “eat” xylitol.  In one study, using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum reduced levels of the bad bacteria by 27-75%.

Xylitol also has other dental benefits!

  • Increases absorption of calcium in the digestive system, which is good for your teeth and may also protect against osteoporosis.
  • Increases production of saliva. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which get picked up by the teeth and aid in remineralization of tooth enamel.
  • Reduces the acidity of saliva.
  • Numerous studies show that xylitol can reduce cavities and tooth decay by as much as 30-85%.

BOTTOM LINE: Xylitol can starve the harmful bacteria in the mouth, reducing plaque buildup and tooth decay.  This can help prevent dental cavities and gum disease.