Xylitol: “Not the Silver Bullet”

Over the past several years, we’ve heard more and more about xylitol as a means of preventing cavities. Does it work? As our regular readers know, the evidence has seemed mixed at best. A new Cochrane review of the research confirms that suspicion. So far, there doesn’t seem to be enough good quality evidence to …

Xylitol: Opinion Shifts Again?

What were we saying about health news sometimes being a little crazy-making? About a month ago, a new xylitol study found that lozenges made with the stuff might not actually be all that great at reducing tooth decay. This month: But this paper, published in the Journal of Dental Research, is a true follow-up: a …

Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing …

It’s Probably the Spit

A sugar alcohol known to have anti-cavity properties, xylitol has been shown to inhibit the growth of S. mutans, one of the key microbes involved in tooth decay. So it’s probably no surprise that we’re seeing it touted more and more as a kind of dental wonder ingredient.     Reality, of course, is a …

Should You Be Scared of Sugar-Free Gum?

Though Halloween is still a week away, we’ve been getting media releases for weeks now with tips for a healthy and tooth-friendly holiday – though most of them give the kind of advice that dental pros deliver all year round. For instance, these tips from dentist Dr. Raymond Hatland via Chicago Healers will probably sound …

Don’t Use Natural Toothpastes?

Henna Lion/Flickr A short and silly item recently ran in “The Thin Green Line” eco-blog at SFGate.com, which we reproduce here in full so you can immediately appreciate the mind-blowingness of it: Dentist: Don’t use natural toothpastes Good news and bad news at the dentist this morning. The good news is, my teeth are fine. …

Sugar Prevents Cavities?

Check out the headline on this wire story that recently made the rounds:     Note to the headline writers of the World Entertainment News Network, distributor of the story: sugar and sugar alcohol are NOT the same thing…as the article in question clearly states. sub-sti-tute, n., One that takes the place of another; a …