Xylitol in your diet
If you are diabetic, xylitol may be your best and healthiest sugar-alternative for all your sweetening needs! It is a far better choice for baking than any of the artificial and processed sweeteners (Xylitol has a glycemic index of 7 and zero carbs).
The difference between sorbitol and xylitol:
Sorbitol is incorporated in many diet products, and diabetics should be careful about this, since sorbitol can feed dental plaque and contribute to gum disease (which destabilizes blood glucose). Xylitol will help stabilize blood glucose and keep your mouth healthy – which is good for body and teeth! Check out this book about xylitol: Sweeten Your Life the Xylitol Way by Karen Edwards
Xylitol for infants
Babies can be at risk for thrush and Candida infections in their mouths. Xylitol is a quick anti-fungal solution. Dissolve a quarter teaspoon of granular xylitol in a few ounces of water and wipe over the area or put the solution in a baby bottle as a drink. Do this twice a day until thrush has gone.
Xylitol for babies
Children born by Caesarian section are at greater risk for cavities as they lack the inborn protection naturally acquired by children born vaginally. If your family has a history of bad teeth, or if you or your spouse has bad teeth – think about protecting your baby by using xylitol. You can incorporate xylitol into your own diet before the baby is born.
When the baby is born you can start to wipe the baby’s gums with a solution of xylitol in water or use a xylitol tooth wipe. Research shows this will help stop cavities – so xylitol is important even before teeth erupt into the mouth.
Xylitol for children
It can be challenging to get toddlers to clean their teeth and studies show that it is impossible to rely on brushing and flossing to stop cavities. Toddlers often drink juice and like sweets – so baby teeth need help. Children with great teeth at age 4 are 85% more likely to have nice teeth as adults – so start incorporating a little xylitol at the end of each meal daily. One teaspoon per day is a good amount – split up between 4 or 5 meals.
Xylitol for everyone!
Children and adults of all ages can enjoy xylitol – a little each day. On a spoon, as a candy, gum or even brushed on teeth – even a toothbrush dipped in xylitol crystals! You can dissolve xylitol in milk, water or yogurt and enjoy this as a drink after or between meals. Strive for 5 exposures daily, preferably after meals. Research shows that between one and two teaspoons daily is the ideal amount to protect teeth and stop cavities.