Xylitol is a sweet-tasting, natural sugar substitute. It naturally occurs in many fruits and vegetables such as plums, corn, and strawberries. Research has found that xylitol fights cavities, plaque, dry mouth, and bad breath. It neutralizes plaque acids and can remineralize tooth enamel. Xylitol can be used by diabetics and is even safe for premature babies. In addition to being a marvelous sweetener, it may be instrumental in preventing many types of infections. In Las Vegas, Nevada, xylitol has proven to be a successful weapon in the war against tooth decay. We believe in utilizing natural, safe materials and techniques at our office, and xylitol is a great example of a natural product that can help to improve your oral health and overall wellness.

Benefits of xylitol

  • Excellent taste
  • Very low glycemic index
  • Minimal effect on blood sugar
  • Increases absorption of B vitamins and calcium
  • Improves dental health
  • Inhibits plaque and dental cavities by 80%
  • Inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria
  • Retards demineralization of tooth enamel
  • Promotes remineralization of tooth enamel
  • Reduces bad breath
  • Increases saliva production
  • Prevents ear and sinus infections
  • Fewer calories than sugar
  • No aftertaste

Xylitol comes in many forms. Chewing gum is available in peppermint, spearmint, fruit, and cinnamon flavors. The chewing gum was found to be so effective in reducing cavities that it is used in the school system in Finland. Mints are available in lemon and peppermint flavors, and the granular sweetener looks just like sugar. Xylitol is also available in a nose spray. We welcome you to contact our friendly dentist, Dr. James M. Heltzel, today to learn more!