So, what does Xylitol have to do with reducing cavities?
Your body naturally produces 5 to 10 grams of xylitol daily. This natural substance is also produced in the fibrous portions of fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. This natural sweetener is particularly effective in combating the tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugar and starche. It has been endorsed by dental associations worldwide, including Finland, Norway, England, and Ireland. Available in a number of forms, xylitol not only reduces tooth decay but has proven beneficial to those suffering from allergies and other respiratory issues.
One study, published in The National Center for Biotechnology, states that using xylitol-sweetened chewing gum actually helped reduce levels of the bad bacteria by 27-75%, while it had no effect on the friendly bacteria.