Research Article
Volume 20 Issue 12 - 2021
Xylitol in Systemic and Oral Health
RE Carlson1*, V Koneru2 and JA Von Fraunhofer3
1Executive Director, Research and Analytical Sciences, D. Gary Young Research Institute, Lehi, UT, USA
2Senior Director, Product Development, D. Gary Young Research Institute, Lehi, UT, USA
3Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA
*Corresponding Author: RE Carlson, Executive Director, Research and Analytical Sciences, D. Gary Young Research Institute, Lehi, UT, USA.
Received: November 06, 2021; Published: November 30, 2021


This communication reviews the characteristics of the naturally-occurring sugar alcohol/polyol, xylitol and its use as a substitute sweetener to sucrose or table sugar. The role of xylitol in gastric health, notably its role as a functional sweetener with prebiotic effects, and its importance as a valuable adjunct to maintaining oral health are reviewed. In particular, the ability of xylitol to address dental caries and periodontal disease is discussed in detail. The antibacterial properties of xylitol with regard to treating the streptococcal bacteria involved in dental caries and periodontal disease by means of chewing gum, mouth rinses and dentifrices as well as nasopharyngeal issues such as rhinosinusitis are discussed.

Keywords: Sugar Alcohol; Oral Health; Obesity


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Citation: RE Carlson., et al. “Xylitol in Systemic and Oral Health”. EC Dental Science 20.12 (2021): 98-105.

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