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Did you know this about xylitol?

Week 6 is Xylitol week in Finland. During this week we tell about xylitol and oral health on our webpages and at our social media channels. We answer the question “Did you know this about xylitol?” with facts. Follow us on social media, so you will learn more about xylitol!

  1. Xylitol is for everyone!
    Xylitol is really for everyone.  It is enough to chew xylitol chewing gum for a few minutes at a time.

  2. Eat xylitol often!
    Xylitol is recommended after all meals and snacks because xylitol interrupts the acid attack.

  3. Xylitol for diabetics, dieters – but not for dogs!
    Xylitol is also suitable for most diabetics because it is slowly absorbed into the bloodstream. Xylitol is also suitable for dieters, as it contains only about 30-50 percent energy compared to sucrose. But xylitol is toxic to dogs!

  4. Eat xylitol, your mouth likes it!
    Xylitol not only prevents perforation but also repairs tooth enamel damage that has already begun. In addition, xylitol reduces the amount of plaque and adhesion to the tooth surface.

  5. Climate effects of xylitol?
    Xylitol lands slowly. It is recommended to dispose of the xylitol can as mixed or energy waste.

  6. What is xylitol?
    Xylitol (C5H7(OH)5) is a sugar alcohol and a natural sweetener. Xylan, the raw material for xylitol, is found in birch, corn, oats and beech. In Finland, the construction of a xylitol production plant in Lahti began in 2019, and oat husk will be used as a raw material.

 Recommendations of the Finnish Dental Association | Hammaslääkäriliitto (

Xylitol week 2021