“Where can I find toothpaste with xylitol?” is a question we are asked everyday at Cape Dental Care.

Unfortunately, to purchase manufactured xylitol toothpaste you will have to either go to a specialty health food store or order it over the internet.  It is usually more expensive than regular brand toothpastes ($6 plus shipping) and may not have the proper fluoride content or flavor you like.  Fortunately, you do not have to settle for an off brand xylitol toothpaste formula especially if you are satisfied with your current toothpaste brand or have special needs such as sensitive teeth.  The answer is simple, make your own xylitol toothpaste.

INSTRUCTION:

  • Go to the health food store or internet and purchase granular xylitol sugar.  It comes in pound bags for about $7 plus shipping.  It is more expensive than regular sugar but will last a very long time.
  • Place a few tablespoons of xylitol sugar in a small plastic dish/bowl next to your bathroom sink.
  • Place your regular toothpaste on your toothbrush like normal and dip the brush/toothpaste into the xylitol sugar bowl coating the paste with an ample amount of granular sugar.
  • Brush and floss.  It will be more effective than store bought pastes and taste great!
  • If you rinse a lot after your regular home oral hygiene then just wet your finger and touch it to the xylitol and place it in your mouth before you go to bed for added protection.
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Xylitol MI Paste

The same thing can be done with with MI paste. Just place a small dab of MI paste onto the end of your finger and then touch the paste on your finger into a dish of xylitol granules before placing it onto your tongue. Then with your tongue spread it all over your teeth and go to bed. Simple and tastes great!

References:

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2. Adv Dent Res. 2009;21(1):44-7. Epub 2009 Jul 31. Xylitol and its vehicles for public health needs.Milgrom PLy KARothen M.  Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.

3. J Oral Rehabil. 2007 Oct;34(10):724-32.Safety and effectiveness of topical dry mouth products containing olive oil, betaine, andxylitol in reducing xerostomia for polypharmacy-induced dry mouth.Ship JAMcCutcheon JASpivakovsky SKerr AR. Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, New York University College of Dentistry and the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, New York, NY, USA.

4. Int Dent J. 2011 Aug;61(4):179-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1875-595X.2011.00055.x. Extent and quality of systematic review evidence related to minimum intervention in dentistry: essential oils, powered toothbrushes, triclosan, xylitol. Mickenautsch SYengopal V. Division of Public Oral Health, Faculty of Health Science, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

5. J Oral Sci. 2007 Mar;49(1):67-73.Effect of a xylitol and fluoride containing toothpaste on the remineralization of human enamel in vitro. Sano HNakashima SSongpaisan YPhantumvanit P.
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