Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute, particularly as a dental health aid. Due to its potential to improve oral health, many sugar-free chewing gums, toothpaste, and mouthwash include xylitol.
Xylitol can reduce the risk of tooth decay. Xylitol does not break down in the mouth so it can neutralize the acid in our mouth, which helps to maintain a healthy pH level.
Xylitol can also stimulate saliva production, which helps wash away food particles and bacteria in the mouth. In addition, saliva contains natural antibacterial compounds that can kill harmful bacteria and neutralize acids. This helps to reduce the risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.
While xylitol has many dental benefits for humans, it is essential to note that it can harm dogs. Dogs cannot metabolize xylitol as humans can, which can cause a rapid insulin release and lead to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This can be life-threatening for dogs.
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