Xylitol as a Mouthwash

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I have a question about Xylitol that you can post on your blog if you think it would be good. I purchased a pound of granular xylitol and have *occasionally* used it, because I’ve been under the assumption that I had to swish it around in my mouth so that it would cover my teeth. I’m not a big fan of mouthwashing, so I conveniently forget to do it! I read on your blog that simply swallowing xylitol is good.. is this so? I would probably still swish it around like a mouthwash before swallowing, but perhaps it would make me more inclined to use it! Also, what number of times per day do you recommend my type of xylitol use? Is one teaspoon or tablespoon in the morning sufficient? 

Thanks a lot!
Robert in North Carolina

Dear Robert,

Xylitol has many health benefit as a dentist I am excited that regular use of one and a half teaspoons can stop plaque forming on teeth! Dental benefits plateau (or don’t get any better ) at 10 grams: about 2-3 teaspoons a day.

You can swish it around your mouth and spit out but xylitol is a healthy, diabetic friendly sugar substitute. Xylitol is used in many countries in candy and gum. In Scandinavia it is regularly used for baking in place of sugar.

I believe in moderation in all things but enjoy your xylitol.
Swish it or consume it.

Research shows the best time to consume xylitol is after meals and drinks as a tooth protective food.

Thanks for your question.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

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