Have you heard of xylitol? The white substance looks and tastes like sugar but is an all-natural low calorie alternative. Xylitol is an naturally occurring sugar alcohol derived from fruits and vegetables. It is even produced in small amounts by the human body. Forty years of scientific study illustrates its effectiveness and safety for human consumption. This sugar substitute is only partially used by the body and slowly metabolized which equates to fewer calories. Xylitol has become a popular sweetener for diabetic diets because it has a low glycemic index: 7, compared to that of sugar which is 83. The Federal government has approved xylitol as a food additive for foods with special dietary purposes.
The dentists at Bearable Dentistry have reviewed the research which shows that xylitol is one of the easiest ways to improve your oral health. Wide ranging research confirms that xylitol use may reduce tooth decay rates for many. Those dental patients who are naturally prone to dental decay and those with poor nutrition and less than optimal oral hygiene. Even those in low-risk of dental decay can benefit by using products with xylitol to reduce their risk of tooth decay and disease. Sugar-free chewing gum and candy made with xylitol as the primary sweetener have been endorsed by national dental associations. The Bearable Dentistry dentists and hygienists use and recommend xylitol products.
Xylitol is available as a bulk sweetener (look in the sugar/sweetener section at a natural foods store). The dentists and hygienists at Bearable Dentistry have samples of xylitol sweetened chewing gum for you to try. The gum is also available at local natural food stores.
Xylitol is a great choice for anyone trying to limit their sugar consumption and/or reduce their dental decay rate. Ask about it the next time you’re at Bearable Dentistry. Or, give us a call. We’ll be happy to share our information!
Beware: Even small amounts of xylitol can be toxic to dogs!