Xylitol in Water
Dear Dr. Ellie:
Hi there, since we last spoke I’ve been using your system for the past couple months. I’m not always able to use the system every 12 hours because of my work schedule, so hopefully that doesn’t set my progress back too much.
Lately I have been putting 2 teaspoons of xylitol in a bottle of water and drinking it throughout the day. This is not my regular drinking water since I drink much more water on a daily basis, but I do use the xyiltol water frequently throughout the day until it is gone. Last time we talked you said that the effects of xylitol are topical. How much does concentration matter?
For example: If I need 2 teaspoons a day, 6 servings a day would be 1/3 teaspoon each serving. OR the other scenario would be 2 teaspoons a day in a bottle of water, but much less concentration in each dose, probably 20 or so swallows before the bottle is empty. Does this matter? When I drink the water I normally swish it around in my mouth for a minute before swallowing. I dont know if the effects are the same as with what you describe with ACT, the longer it has contact with the teeth, the better. Anyways, I think I’m doing okay, probably just overanalyzing! I really do appreciate your research once again, and always look forward to reading your postings on the blog!
Thanks for your question about xylitol in water – it is a good one!
Dilution does not matter – because it is all about frequency – the more frequent – the better.
Yes – swishing around is great! Congratulations – you have this going very well.
It is fascinating to me how xylitol is the complete opposite of regular sugar.
With regular sugar, the most damage occurs when you “nibble” a little sugar often – or sip at sugary drinks.
A quarter pound of sugar eaten all at once – ( it may damage your health) – but your teeth would not be damaged.
Compare sugar with xylitol:
The frequent “nibbling” of sugar – in tiny amounts – causes devastating tooth damage and cavities. The frequent “nibbling” of xylitol – in tiny amounts – strengthens and protects your teeth from plaque and cavities!
Wild isn’t it?
Thanks again for the question,
Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health