Facts about Xylitol. Xylitol creates a perfect pH balance in the mouth to stimulate a healing process that can naturally repair your teeth. When Xylitol is eaten it not only brings minerals by salivary stimulation but creates an alkaline environment in which these minerals can help heal soft or damaged areas on teeth and help to rebuild and strengthen them.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

How Many Calories are in Xylitol?

Xylitol is gaining popularity as a way to heal tooth caries and increase oral health. But is it healthy?? Well, yes! One teaspoon of xylitol contains 9.6 calories and one teaspoon of sugar has 15 calories--making xylitol a lower-calorie alternative.

Xylitol also contains zero net effective carbohydrates, and sugar contains 4 grams per teaspoon., which makes xylitol safe for diabetics.

Studies are also being done that indicate that xylitol may be beneficial for individuals wishing to avoid bone density loss. Also, xylitol has been known to aid in the prevention of ear infections.

Xylitol has very few known side effects, although some people report diarrhea when addiding xylitol into their diets.

The benefits of xylitol are just being fully realized. But the positive effect on dental health is well documented. If you have questions about xylitol, feel free to contact us at webmgr@zellies.com.

The Zellies Team


Dave said...

This is very interesting. You are one of the few dentists I know that are teaching prevention! For that, I salute you! I truly wish more dentist would teach people how to avoid gum disease and cavities.

As you know, removing dental plaque every day is key to stopping the advance of gum disease or preventing it in the first place.

If chewing xylitol can aid in preventing plaque accumulation - it is worth its weight in gold!

Warm Regards,
David Snape
Ask Dave about Health

Emily Vail said...

I commend you too! My dentist told me to use a toothpaste with fluoride in it. I had been using Xyliwhite (a xylitol based toothpaste without fluoride). I am 32 and had never had a cavity, but when I went in and got a cleaning they found 4 cavities! I had to get 4 fillings, and then my teeth were very sensitive to temperatures (up by the gums). I've since been using a sensitivity toothpaste, which has helped. What is your take on all of this?

bodhilvr said...

Don't use toothpaste with glycerin. Glycerine coats teeth with mineral repelling film.

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