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Xylitol (mints)?


Menopausal Magpie

Dec 10, 2009
Hello dentists. I have a question:

What do you all think of xylitol as an aid to oral health? Specifically, I'm a fan of the Peppersmith mints (available in Holland & Barrett and some supermarkets). I've seen various things online about whether or not xylitol mints, gum or whatever are good for your teeth and gums, but I'd be interested to know if anyone here has a professional opinion on this. Thanks! :)


Staff member
Verified dentist
Oct 25, 2005
Well it's better than eating normal mints :) There's some not very compelling evidence that oral bacteria are a bit inhibited by the presence of xylitol, but whether that is clinically significant or not is open to question. If you like the taste and enjoy them then fine, I doubt if they make a big difference to your oral health.

Be aware Xylitol is incredibly toxic to dogs, so be very careful if you've got dogs around.
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