When you eat and drink, bacteria in your mouth create acids that eat away at (demineralize) your
tooth enamel and can ultimately cause cavities.
Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables. It has been used as a sugar
substitute since the 1940s, but unlike sugar it doesn’t cause cavities.
After eating, taking xylitol neutralizes the acid in your mouth to protect your tooth enamel. It
also re-hardens weak areas, and it increases saliva production, which helps people with dry
Xylitol chewing gum, mints, and lozenges are most effective. Xylitol is also found in some
toothpastes and mouth rinses. These products are available at your local pharmacy or natural
Take 6 g to 10 g per day divided into 3 or more small doses after meals. Taking more than 20 g
per day may upset your stomach or cause diarrhea.
Ingestion of xylitol by a dog may cause severe illness and even death. If you suspect your dog
has ingested xylitol, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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