Who should use xylitol?
While everyone should use xylitol, one of the most valuable times
is when parents are expecting a baby. Consuming 6 grams a day will
protect the parents’ teeth and create healthy conditions for the
oral health of the baby. Bacteria from parents’ mouths can be easily
transferred to brand new baby teeth.
Infants can be given xylitol.
It fights yeast infections on their tongues and develops a healthy
environment for the eruption of first teeth. The easiest way is
to dissolve a tiny amount of granular xylitol in an ounce of water,
and give to the baby in a bottle or sippy cup. A small amount of
xylitol (about an eighth of a teaspoon) should be applied to gums
or teeth in solution throughout the day, especially after feeding
or before sleeping. The total xylitol consumed by an infant may
be a couple of grams a day, but by the time the child has all the
baby teeth the dose may be raised to one to two teaspoons (6-8 grams)
each day. This can be continued indefinitely, but as children grow
they may prefer other methods of taking xylitol.
adults can use xylitol to rid the
mouth of plaque bacteria and balance acidity after every snack and
meal, whenever they have a dry mouth, and if they are unable to
clean teeth before naps or bedtime.
Find the product that fits your lifestyle: mint, gum, or granular
xylitol that can be taken directly from a spoon or dissolved in
water. You need regular exposure to at least 6 to 10 grams of xylitol
per day to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. While it is safe to
consume from 50 to 100 grams of xylitol daily, for optimum dental
health there is a plateau effect at 10 grams, and additional amounts
are no more beneficial.
Diabetics can safely consume xylitol
as a sugar alternative because it does not raise blood sugar and
has a glycemic index of 7. The reduction of plaque will helpprevent
gum disease, which has been linked to insulin instability.
Athletes who consume acidic energy
drinks and carbohydrate bars may make the resulting dental damage
worse with open-mouth breathing during exercise. Xylitol can balance
acidity and reduce plaque deposits to protect gum and tooth health.
menopausal women, and
cancer patients or anyone on medications,
experiencing hormonal changes or with decreased resistance to infection,
will benefit from using xylitol. Those not able to care for their
mouths either permanently or temporarily can use xylitol to help
maintain oral health. Military combat
personnel, disabled children
and adults, those who are ill or
otherwise incapacitated, and anyone being cared for by another will
benefit from using xylitol.
Xylitol is harmful to dogs
It is said that xylitol is dangerous for dogs if ingested. Although
some dog toothpastes are made with xylitol, to be safe, keep xylitol
products including items baked with xylitol away from pets.