Sunday, February 21, 2010

Unfortunately since my last post 2 more new patients have come in with rampant decay associated with a dry mouth condition. So sad. Fortunately not as bad and repairs were accomplished.

Not many people know about Xylitol so we've created a Patient Information Sheet. I've found it very important to have something written down for future reference and to keep the family informed. So to help you understand where we're coming from here's the scoop.

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar that was discovered in 1891. It's found naturally in some fruits and vegetables and our bodies even produce some. The best form can be made from birch trees. It's sweetness equals sugar.

Xyilitol can not be used by bacteria and it inhibits their reproduction so it helps prevent decay, gum disease and bad breath. It's not involved with the sugar cycle and has a very low glycemic index which helps with diabetes and weight loss.

It's well tolerated by most of us and I can tell you from first hand knowledge that cakes, cookies and goodies made with it can be delicious and satisfying. And we have a great cookbook that uses Xylitol as the only sweetener.

To those of us who a prone to gum disease and cavities or who have sugar problems and diabetes, it only makes sense to check this out. It's up to you!

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