Xylitol decreases the incidence of dental caries by increasing salivary flow and pH and reducing the number of cavity causing bacteria, plaque levels, mouth dryness, gingival inflammation, and erosion of teeth. The plaque samples of habitual xylitol users showed a significant reduction in plaques ability to adhere to the teeth when compared with those who did not consume xylitol at all.
The effect of xylitol on dental caries and oral flora. Prathibha Anand Nayak, Ullal Anand Nayak, and Vishal Khandelwal. Clin Cosmet Investig Dent. 2014; 6: 89–94. Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. Because the bacteria in the mouth that are causing cavities are unable to digest xylitol, their growth is greatly reduced. The number of acid-producing bacteria may decrease as much as 90%. No acid is formed because the pH of saliva and plaque does not lower and the acid can no longer dissolve the tooth structure
and cause cavities.
How to make a Xylitol rinse at home:
1) Small amount of water (however much liquid you want to rinse with)
2) Add 1/4 teaspoon of granulated xylitol
3) Rinse with this solution for about 30 seconds, spit or swallow
If the granulated xylitol hasn't fully dissolved in the small amount of water you have dispensed,
you can go ahead and start rinsing and let it finish dissolving while you swish.
Written by Dr. Cheryl Wiebe