Why would you add a sweetener to toothpaste? It might seem counter-intuitive if you aren’t aware of the dental benefits of xylitol. Here’s why we recommend using xylitol toothpaste vs. fluoride only toothpaste.
The cavity causing (cariogenic) bacteria that live in the mouth feed off of fermentable sugars and produce lactic acid. This lactic acid is what eventually causes cavities as it eats through the enamel surfaces of our teeth. Xylitol is a non-fermentable sugar alcohol, which means the cariogenic bacteria cannot process it and produce lactic acid. In fact, over time, the bacteria are unable to stick to the teeth, an increase in saliva production that maintains the natural pH of the mouth, and teeth can be re-mineralized to help prevent cavities from forming in the first place.
So how is xylitol toothpaste is more beneficial than fluoride only toothpaste?
As stated above, xylitol stops cavity causing germs from infecting the teeth. It creates a protective layer on the teeth that makes the bacteria in plaque unable to attach. While fluoride can help heal teeth once they have been damaged, using the right amount of xylitol helps prevent damage before it begins.
Naturally produced in small amount in the body, xylitol is safe for children and adults. Studies have even shown children whose mothers used xylitol oral products during their pregnancy have reaped the benefits. So is xylitol better than fluoride?
How xylitol and fluoride together can be a powerful tool
If you’re looking for a new toothpaste, look for one’s that contain both xylitol and fluoride. The fluoride will harden the enamel and help repair the damage that has previously been done to the teeth, and the xylitol will help inhibit any future damage that might be caused.
Don’t just repair your oral health; protect it from damage in the first place.