at Riverside Dental Group would like to challenge you to a quiz on xylitol facts.


Q1. True or false – Xylitol has only been utilized as a sugar replacement for about 20 years.

Q2. True or false – Xylitol is a compound extracted from fruits and vegetables.

Q3. True or false – Xylitol has the ability to repair tooth enamel damage.

Q4. True or false – Artificial sweeteners have the disadvantage of causing cravings for fatty foods.


A1. FALSE – Xylitol has served as a sugar-free sweetener since the 1960s.

A2. TRUE – Xylitol is a carbohydrate which naturally occurs in fibrous fruits and vegetables. The compound is extracted from these sources as a sweetener. However, your body also naturally produces up to 15 grams xylitol each day.

A3. TRUE – Xylitol is a sugar substitute, but it is actually good for your smile, whereas sugar is highly detrimental to dental health. Sucrose (sugar) feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Conversely, xylitol destroys these same bacteria by trapping and suffocating the germs. Xylitol also repairs tooth enamel damage, clears nasal passages, prevents ear infections, and reduces weight gain.

A4. TRUE – Synthetic artificial sweeteners (such as those found in diet sodas) have been known to elicit fat and sugar cravings. This is not the case with xylitol, which is not artificial, and boasts approximately 75% fewer carbs and 40% fewer calories than sucrose.

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