Xylitol: Your Oral Health Sweetener

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When it comes to your oral health, xylitol is a miracle. Why? Because unlike most sweeteners, it actually improves the state of your teeth! Here’s why:

Bacteria Prevention: Most bacteria can’t digest xylitol, drastically slowing their growth. Xylitol also coats the teeth so microorganisms do not stick well to their surface. Less bacteria means less plaque.
Acid Reduction: Some kinds of food and oral bacteria yield acids. Xylitol can actually reduce your acid levels, decreasing tooth decay.
Enamel Boost: When xylitol is spent, ammonia and basic amino acids can grow within the saliva, increasing the manufacturing of calcium and phosphate. The mineral-infused saliva enters areas that are frail and boosts their power.

You can make the switch from plaque-enhancing sugar to plaque-reducing xylitol in many of your foods. To help you out, we’ve found an easy and delicious recipe for you to try.

Xylitol Chocolate Cake

2 cups Xylitol
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of salt
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 of cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk

• Bring oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
• Stir together flour, xylitol, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed with mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter is thin). Pour batter into a cake pan.
• Bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Place on cooling rack.

Make the switch to xylitol today and tell us at Wheelock & Associates Dentistry about it at your next appointment. We’ll be happy that you chose a sweetener that makes our job and your life easier.