How to Use Xylitol for Optimal Benefits

Zellies Xylitol Gum & Mints: How many – How often?

Zellies Xylitol Gum and Mints are delicious, but if you only eat one or two a day – this is all you will ever know about Zellies! You see, unless you eat about 5 pieces of gum or 10 mints each day – you will never experience their full dental and health benefits. (Note: Each Zellies Xylitol Mint contains 0.5 grams of xylitol and each piece of Zellies Xylitol Gum contains 1.0 grams of xylitol. You can mix and match products to suit your lifestyle and taste)

The University of Washington determined years ago, that the most effective dose for xylitol was between 6 and 10 grams each day. At this dose plaque disappeared over 6 months. Less than 6 grams did not have as much effect, although every time xylitol is eaten it will help alkalize the mouth for some tooth benefits.

Strive for five times every day!

The only time that a small amount of xylitol will work to prevent cavities is when it is wiped over an infant’s new teeth. Even a tiny amount can prevent problems for a baby. Older children and adults need more than this and frequency is important.

The dental benefits of 6 – 10 grams of xylitol each day in frequent small doses range from reducing gum problems to preventing cavities. When mothers eat xylitol they can stop infecting their baby with cavity-forming bacteria, and prevent the transfer of bad teeth throughout generations of a family with bad teeth. In Finland xylitol is given out at pre-school as a public health measure to stop decay in permanent teeth.

Xylitol for Gum and Periodontal Disease

2 out of 3 adults in the US have gum disease, according to a study published this summer. Plaque irritates the gums and makes them bleed. If this situation is not corrected, it becomes the first stage of gum disease, which will progress and become more damaging to teeth, gums and general health.

  • Problem #1 is that periodontal disease is painless and is rarely diagnosed.
  • Problem #2 is that periodontal disease is a transmissible disease. Kissing and sharing food can spread it to others in the family, and from spouse to spouse.
  • Problem #3 is perhaps the most important problem. The bacteria of gum disease can get into your blood and be involved in general health problems, including arthritis, dementia, digestive problems and pre-term birth.
  • Problem #4 is that the bacteria of gum disease can cause inflammation and a generalized reaction in the body that can pose a risk for high blood pressure, stroke and even heart attack.

For gum health you must eliminate plaque on teeth. Adequate amounts of xylitol and multiple exposures each day will progressively reduce and finally eliminate plaque on teeth. Strive for at least 5 separate exposures with 1-2 grams xylitol at each event (6-10 grams a day). Less than 6 grams a day may not help you. When you take xylitol is also very important. Aim to have your xylitol after meals, drinks and snacks to help balance mouth acidity. 

A simple way to ensure that you have enough xylitol is to add one teaspoon (4 grams) of granular xylitol crystals to water and drink this each morning (even better during exercise). Then during the day, eat one or two Zellies Xylitol Mints or Zellies Xylitol Gum after meals, drinks, and snacks to add another 4-6 grams of xylitol to your total daily dose.

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