People should use xylitol even if they use fluoride. Here’s why.
Fluoride and xylitol perform different functions synergistically. Fluoride rebuilds and strengthens the enamel but does nothing to help the cavity-causing bacterial microbiome. This is where xylitol comes in. Hundreds of studies show that xylitol changes the microbiome in the mouth into a healthier state.
This is done through three mechanisms:
- Inhibiting Bacterial Adhesion: Xylitol inhibits bacterial adhesion, so bacteria can’t stick to gums and oral tissue, allowing them to be washed away more easily.
- Breaking Down Bacterial Biofilm: Xylitol breaks down bacterial biofilms, the colonies where bacteria thrive and multiply.
- Starving Bad Bacteria: Unlike other sweeteners used in other oral care products, xylitol doesn’t provide energy to the bacteria in the mouth. However, bacteria still try to consume xylitol, which initiates a process of starving out the bacteria.