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May 14, 2020

Why is sorbitol in my toothpaste? Ask a Winnipeg Dentist.

Q: I noticed that Sorbitol is listed in my toothpaste’s ingredients. Isn’t that a kind of sugar?A: Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol made from plant-based carbohydrates broken down through chemical processing. That means it’s not actually sugar, so manufacturers add it to toothpastes to create a sweet flavour without leading to tooth decay. Because oral bacteria can not metabolize sorbitol, it is not converted to cavity-causing acids and, therefore, the teeth are protected. As an added bonus it also helps to relieve dry mouth by it’s ability to draw in water.

Health Canada monitors the amount of sugar alcohols allowed in a product to ensure it is safe and healthy for human consumption.

Book your next appointment with us today at our Garden City and St. Vital dental clinics and feel free to ask which toothpaste we recommend for your specific needs!