One of the oldest sweeteners in the world is Xylitol. It's health benefits are not yet well-known, but if you are concerned of the healthiness of your teeth and gums, xylitol is a great partner for you!
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can be found in for example berries and fruits. Xylitol can be industrially manufactured from birch fibers. That is why in Finnish it is also known as "birch sugar". It's sweetness is comparable to regular sugar, but it also additionally tastes cool and fresh.
Xylitol differs a bit from other sweeteners. Bacteria that causes tooth cavities cannot use xylitol as their nutrition source. So unlike other sweeteners, xylitol actually block tooth cavities from spreading!
Did you know: the name comes from Greek word "Xylon", which means wood.
Eat xylitol daily
According to research, you should eat 5 to 10 grams of Xylitol every day, divided to 3 usages per day. This amount is suited for both adults and children. Recommended amount is 2 xylitol chewing gums 3 times per day. You should try to time the usage after a meal or snack. Regular usage is the most important part, try making a reminder to use xylitol every day!
Replacing brushing teeth?
Xylitol product usage is not enough to replace the need for brushing teeth. If you want to keep your teeth well maintained and have a healthy, beautiful smile, you should brush your teeth twice a day and use xylitol gums after every meal.
Xylitol is mainly used as a sweetener in chewing gums and candy pastilles.