What’s xylitol, you ask? Why, allow our Dallas, TX pediatric practice offer you some very interesting facts: It’s a sweetener that’s all natural. It also happens to be good, not bad, for your oral health (which means, when your kids consume it, you don’t have to feel frantic like you do with other sources of sweetness, such as sugar, which promotes decay). While you may have heard of it and know that it’s something you can access, you might not really know what types of products it’s used in, when it’s a good idea, and where to get it. We can help!
What Types Of Items Use Xylitol?
When it comes to enjoying xylitol-sweetened items, this might sound great to you. Your kids love sweet treats (and so do you) but you do what you can to limit the sugar your household consumes. Great news: You can find many things sweetened this way! For instance, chewing gum frequently relies on this sweetener. You can find sodas, candies, baked goods, protein bars, condiments, and more! As you begin purchasing items with it, you are likely to find more! Looking for some recommendations? Ask us during your next checkup!
What You Should Remember
Just because something is sweetened with xylitol, which is safer for oral health than table sugar (and which can actually inhibit bacteria from clinging to teeth), remember: The smile health rules still apply. For instance, if it’s a very acidic drink like juice or soda, you get the benefit of no sugar but the acid is still harmful. So simply choose wisely (and, as always, our team reminds you to follow your snacks with water!).
Gourmet And Health Food Stores
If you’re not seeing xylitol-based products in the regular aisles of your grocery store, begin by taking a look in the organic aisle of your store. Not thrilled with prices or the selection? You can generally find these foods in plentiful supply when you visit gourmet grocery stores, natural food stores, and health food stores. Do just a bit of poking around as you head into a variety of stores (or check out items online) and you’ll soon have your favorite spots!
Enjoy Sweet Treats With Our Help
We are happy to help you when you’re looking for alternatives to ingredients, so that you can keep your family’s smile safe and healthy! Just ask. Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.