Xylitol chewing gum.
Chewing gum may make the best xylitol delivery system.
Gum can be an excellent way to create your daily needed exposure of xylitol.
In fact, a large percentage of studies that have evaluated its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay have chosen this method as their delivery mechanism.
There's an added benefit to using gum.
Beyond the fact that gum is convenient to use and creates a sustained xylitol exposure, the act of chewing something (most anything really, not only gum) creates an anti-cavity effect on its own.
So when picking the best way to create your needed daily exposure, why not choose a method that can provide all of the extra benefits possible? This page explains...
Xylitol chewing gum products.
We performed a web search in an attempt to identify some of the higher-quality brands of chewing gum that are available.
We found good and bad products.
Our search revealed that there seem to be two tiers of manufacturers:
- Those whose goal is to produce top-quality effective items.
- And those who skimp on xylitol content yet are still eager to boast that their product does indeed contain it.
Look for gum products that provide 1 gram or more of xylitol per serving.
(With this brand, 2 pieces = 1 serving.)
Even some of the better products we found had poor labeling.
We were surprised to find that some manufacturers of high-content products seemed to feel that documenting this fact on their gum's packaging was not important.
We wonder, how can a manufacturer who has gone to the trouble of creating a decent quality product not understand that a person needs to be able to judge their per-day xylitol consumption in order to create an optimal anti-cavity effect? Oh well.
Some of the best xylitol gums we found.
The following table contains a list of chewing gums we've identified (or readers have discovered) whose xylitol content is reasonably high and easy to find documented (preferably on the product's labeling). This list isn't intended to be all-inclusive. (If you know of other well-documented items, please leave a note in the comments section below.)
|Chewing Gum Brand||Xylitol Content
(grams per piece)
|Epic Xylitol Gum||1.06|
|Branam Xylitol Gum||1|
|Dr. John's Fruit Gum||.9|
|BioGenesis Fruit Gum||.77|
|Xlear Spry Gum||.72|
Things we noticed.
- Most of the better chewing gum products seem to deliver about one gram of xylitol per piece.
- Be careful when comparing the labeling found on different products. Xylitol content is often stated in terms of "grams per serving." In the case of chewing gum, you may find that a single serving size is either one or possibly two pieces of gum.
Picking out the best gums by reading their ingredient list.
The graphic below (#1) shows the ingredient list found on a package of gum.
#1: Ingredients found in a xylitol chewing gum.
With xylitol listed first, it's fairly safe to assume that this brand of gum is a quality product.
Just by looking at it, you could guess that this product probably contains a significant amount of xylitol (possibly as much as one gram or so).
This assumption comes from the fact that xylitol is listed as this product's primary ingredient and a one-gram-per-stick dosing is common (see our table above).
#2: Ingredients in lower quality xylitol chewing gum product.
The inclusion of a second sweetener (manitol) in this gum suggests that its xylitol level is comparatively low.
In comparison, here's is the ingredient list of a product that we would consider to be somewhat suspect (#2).
We base this opinion on the fact that a second type of sugar is listed.
Other sweeteners (manitol, sorbitol) are cheaper to use, so some manufacturers will skimp on xylitol content in favor of using these lower-cost alternatives.
#3: Ingredients in a suspect xylitol chewing gum product.
The fact that this gum lists another sugar (sorbitol) ahead of xylitol suggests that it's a low-quality product.
Here's a product (#3) that has an ingredient list that we would consider extremely suspect.
Without documentation to the contrary, it seems unlikely that the amount of xylitol found in this product could be considered to be an effective dosing.
This opinion is based on the fact that sorbitol (a cheaper sweetener) is the first listed ingredient. Xylitol is a distant third.