Dr. Chris Edwards aka "Doctor Xylitol"
Xylitol is a normal part of our body's glucose metabolism. Basically, Xylitol is also produced naturally in the human body each day. It is a 5 carbon structure that makes it impossible for the streptococcus (strep) bacteria to produce the acid that breaks down enamel. Xylitol also stops the bacteria from secreting the sticky substance that makes plaque.
Benefits Of Xylitol
Using Xylitol in a therapeutic regimen over a period of time will greatly diminish the strep bacteria population in the mouth. As healthy bacteria takes over, the pH levels in the mouth will rise from an acidic to a more alkaline state. This leads to a significant reduction in future decay.
The reversal of decay is another extraordinary benefit of Xylitol Therapy. As long as the enamel has not cavitated (broken down), we can inactivate the bacteria inside the tooth. Then with remineralization of the enamel by adding the necessary building blocks contained in Xylitol products, we can return a tooth to a state resistant to future decay.
Xylitol can also be quite effective against a cousin to the Strep Mutans bacteria that resides in the sinuses, ear canals and respiratory
system. Many of our patients who have been using Xylitol are having impressive resolution of symptoms. Some have even been able to get off the medications they've been reliant on for years.
Is Xylitol Safe?
Xylitol is perfectly safe for the human body, and has been given the FDA's safest rating as a food additive. Xylitol is recommended as a sugar-free sweetener suitable for diabetics as well as for the general population seeking a healthier lifestyle. We do advise though that if you are a pet lover (mainly dogs) then you know that chocolate can be harmful to animals and so is Xylitol.
Xylitol is available in many forms: toothpaste, mouthwash, gums, mints, granular form and others.
Xylitol (pronounced zi-le-tol) is a natural sweetener that comes from plants and trees and is found in many fruits and vegetables. Xylitol is approximately the same sweetness as table sugar. It has 40% less calories and has a very low glycemic (rise in blood sugar) index, making it ideal for diabetics.