The Essential Role of Xylitol

This article examines the benefits and clinical indications of xylitol; presents prevention strategies using xylitol products, including toothpastes, chewing gums, candies, mouth rinses, and nasal sprays; and discusses business considerations for implementing a xylitol-supplemented office-based prevention program to add value for patients and the practice.

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The Essential Role of Xylitol

Mark L. Cannon, DDS, MS, and John Peldyak, DMD

April 2021 Issue - Expires April 30th, 2024

Inside Dentistry

Abstract

Severe outcomes of COVID-19 are associated with age and comorbidities such as metabolic dysfunction and oral disease; therefore, the importance of oral care in an overall wellness model needs to be recognized. Oral and overall systemic health can be enhanced by the simple adjunctive use of xylitol. Xylitol is a 5-carbon alditol that can be used as a low-calorie, low-glycemic sweetener to replace sugar and potentially improve the metabolic condition in the prediabetic and diabetic diet. With regular use, small amounts of xylitol can reduce the risk for dental caries and support periodontal health by stimulating saliva, reducing microbial adherence, promoting mineralization, and suppressing certain pathogens. Dietary xylitol can help establish and modulate a healthy microbiome. In a saline nasal spray, xylitol helps open the airway to encourage proper nasal breathing and prevent upper respiratory infections. A nasal spray containing xylitol has recently been shown to inactivate or block SARS-CoV-2. This article examines the benefits and clinical indications of xylitol; presents prevention strategies using xylitol products, including toothpastes, chewing gums, candies, mouth rinses, and nasal sprays; and discusses business considerations for implementing a xylitol-supplemented office-based prevention program to add value for patients and the practice.

CREDITS: 2 SI

COST: $16.00

PROVIDER: AEGIS Publications, LLC

SOURCE: Inside Dentistry | April 2021

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the benefits of supplemental dietary xylitol in the maintenance of oral and systemic health.
  • Explain how a prevention plan including xylitol can help reduce the severity of COVID-19 infection, limit related complications, and potentially block transmission of the virus.
  • Identify some of the clinical indications for xylitol based on patient age, health condition, and other factors.
  • Discuss the clinical applications of xylitol-based products, including toothpaste, chewing gum, candy, mouth rinse, and nasal spray.

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