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.