Xylitol prevents cavities in children
Xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) that causes cavities. These bacteria are unable to digest Xylitol unlike other sweeteners (sucrose, fructose, saccharin) and do not produce acids. As no acid is formed, the pH of saliva does not fall and there are no acid attacks on the tooth surface. Xylitol helps reduce the risk of developing cavities in children.
Xylitol reduces plaque in children
Plaque bacteria use sucrose and carbohydrates to grow and multiply. They create sticky threads that allow them to attach to the tooth surface and each other to form thick layers and acids that damage teeth. When plaque bacteria absorb Xylitol from the toothpaste, they cannot multiply, produce acids or stick to the teeth. Thus Xylitol helps reduce plaque formation.
Xylitol in toothpaste tastes excellent
Xylitol in Pediflor Kidz gives a unique bubble gum/green apple flavor which children love and this makes them brush their teeth every day.
Xylitol has synergestic effect with fluoride
Studies have shown that a combination of fluoride and Xylitol inhibits acid production more effectively than fluoride alone and enhances remineralization of early caries lesion. Studies have confirmed that just 10% Xylitol controls rampant caries in children and showed a 12.3% reduction in decayed and filled dental surfaces.
Xylitol helps remineralization of tooth enamel
Xylitol also increases the mouth pH and encourages mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. When the pH of saliva is above 7, calcium and phosphate ions in saliva start to precipitate into enamel where demineralization has occurred. Soft enamel begins to harden again. Thus Xylitol helps in remineralization of tooth enamel.