Sorbitol and Xylitol

Dear Dr. Ellie

I am reading many articles recent days, which say SORBITOL induces and triggers IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME. Even I experienced the same whenever I changed to high content sorbitol tooth paste, my stomach gets upset.

(Because at least a very small amount of toothpaste is swallowed while brushing)

I would like to know even xylitol does the same , even a mild stomach upset. Are there tooth pastes available without xylitol and sorbitol and still we can take care of our teeth?

What about triclosan in toothpaste, wont it kill even the beneficial bacteria?

Your answer is gratefully thanked and appreciated.


Hi CD,

Thanks for your question.

Sorbitol and Xylitol are complete opposites.

Sorbitol is a nasty artificial sweetener that causes gastric distress at very small amounts.
Harmful bacteria learn to use sorbitol to grow and multiply.

Our bodies make 10-15 grams of xylitol naturally every day so eating a small amount of xylitol will not cause problems. In fact, many people with gastric problems find that it helps them.

I suggest keeping with the high grade xylitol in Zellies mints and gum eat one mint or piece of gum after every meal, snack or drink to take away mouth acidity and help to stop plaque forming on teeth.

I do not recommend toothpaste with triclosan. The problem with triclosan is that it reacts with the chlorine in tap water to form chloroform in your mouth.

I recommend a specific group of mouth rinses used with Original Crest toothpaste.

You only need a very little toothpaste to clean your teeth. It is very important to clean your toothbrush with either a UV sanitizer or some Listerine every day after using your brush.

Thanks for your question,
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

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4 replies

  1. Crest contains sorbitol.

    • The sorbitol I worry about is in sugarless gum. It takes a couple of sticks of sorbitol gum, but this amount is a digestive problem. Sorbitol appears to create acid reflux symptoms and promote gingivitis. The sorbitol in the Crest regular paste that I recommend (as part of my system) is not an issue because you are not ingesting it.

  2. When you say “Sorbitol is a nasty artificial sweetener” ignores that raisins, figs and prunes contain sorbitol naturally.

    • OK – I agree that in natural products it may be different. I refer to the sorbitol products – like Trident gum – that put sorbitol as a main ingredient and then add a flake of xylitol and confuse the public with the label “Now with xylitol”. Thanks for your comment!

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