Xylitol: The Sugar that is Good for Your Teeth
Most people have never heard of xylitol. It is a sugar alcohol, so has a low glycemic index and can be consumed safely by diabetics. But its oral benefits were discovered by accident (as many things are it seems) through its use as a nasal spray to clear the sinuses of bacteria.
When bacteria metabolize or “eat” its five-carbon sugar, it causes the bacterium to die. In the last few years, its use in dentistry has really picked up due to its ability to alter the bacterial population of the mouth, especially for cavity-causing, acid-releasing bacteria such as Strep mutans.
In fact, simply putting xylitol in your mouth and moving it around ...