Xylitol And Dental Health: Questions You’d Like Us To Answer

If you’ve heard anything about xylitol, you may be walking around throughout your life, wondering what it’s all about (this is particularly true for individuals who absolutely love indulging in sweet things and wish they could find a way to do so without threatening their oral health). If you were hoping that this could somehow be the case because a friend mentioned this sweetener to you and you instantly found yourself full of anticipation (and a long list of questions), rest easy! Our Southlake, TX team is here to give you all of the information you need!

Questions and Answers

Question: What is xylitol? I’ve heard that it’s a natural sugar but I don’t really know much else about it.

Answer: It’s a sugar alcohol found in plants that can actually be advantageous for your oral health. If you check in with us during a checkup about xylitol, we will be happy to go into more detail regarding where it comes from and what makes it different!

Question: I have heard many times that both table sugar and fruit sugars are dangerous for my oral health. Is this true? If so, does that mean xylitol is also going to be problematic for my smile?

Answer: It’s true that the bacteria in your mouth both like eating table sugar and many naturally occurring sugars in fruits, such as fructose. Since carbohydrates break down into sugars, remember that bacteria feed on carbs, too. When this happens, they release acids that can lead to tooth decay by damaging tooth tissue. Fortunately, though xylitol is found in plants, it is not a sugar that causes this interaction.

Question: In what way can it benefit my oral health for me to consume products with xylitol instead of other types of sugars? Is this a good way to avoid sugar if I want something sweet?

Answer: Our team suggests that you consider choosing products that contain xylitol when you can if you are interested in eating something sweet. Whether it’s food or a drink, choosing this sweet substance protects your smile because it doesn’t feed bacteria (which causes tooth decay). It can actually limit their presence in your mouth!

Learn More From Our Team About Smile Protection

Whether you’re curious about the right foods to eat, nutrients your smile needs, or how to avoid sugar successfully, we are always pleased to help you with additional advice. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.