XYLITOL for HALLOWEEN. How Sweet It is!

Xylitol is a natural sweetner with no artificial ingredients. It is basically a plant-based sugar that’s actually healthy for your teeth. And it is very tasty! You can cook with it, bake with it, use it in your favorite beverages or anything you want to make sweeter. Xylitol helps prevent cavities. It has a low glycemic index, so it’s good for diabetics. It digests very easily in your gastrointestinal intestinal system.

Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay. It actually reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva and also acts against some bacteria that cause ear infections.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Xylitol is safe in the amounts found in foods. It seems safe as a medicine for most adults in amounts up to about 50 grams per day. It also is safe when used in water to clear the sinuses. However, avoid taking higher doses by mouth. There is some concern that extremely high doses for long periods of time (more than three years) can cause tumors. Xylitol can cause diarrhea and intestinal gas. It is probably safe for children as a medicine in amounts up to 20 grams per day. So, as with most additives, use as directed, do not over do it. 

Xylitol comes in gum or “ice chip” forms. A great strategy is to eat a piece of Xylitol after a meal to neutralize acid and increase saliva production,  both of which are essential in prevening cavities! To satisfy that sweet tooth, see Dr. Gary Green. We sell Xylitol right in the office!

Have your candy with Xylitol and enjoy!

Michelle Bivins Michelle Bivins Michelle has been a part of Dr. Gary Green's marketing team for nearly 3 years. With a background in advertising and healthcare marketing, she is a welcome addition to Dr. Green's team. In addition to assisting with the website, Michelle is Dr. Green's publicist writing press releases for the many community outreach activities Dr. Green participates in from the Caldwell Street Fair to his dental seminars at senior centers throughout West Essex county. Many of Dr. Green's outreach activities have been chronicled in the local newspapers. Michelle also writes and sends out electronic newsletters to Dr. Green's patients, the local media and community members. Michelle has established a strong presence for Dr. Green on several social media platforms including facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. With the addition of blogging, Michelle hopes to tackle those questions that patients would like to ask and highlight some of the popular trends in dentistry.

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