Other types of xylitol products.
Like gum, these types of items offer some advantages as a delivery system.
Unlike toothpaste or a rinse, they (and thus the xylitol they release) remain in your mouth over a fairly extended period of time as you enjoy them. And, in general, just having any type of food item in your mouth creates additional anti-cavity benefits.
How to choose a quality product.
Pretty much everything we've stated about how to pick out a quality chewing gum applies to the types of products listed on this page. To recap:
Note: Some products may only offer 1/2 gram of xylitol per piece.
1) Look for documented xylitol content.
Look for products whose packaging states that they contain a significant amount of xylitol, possibly in the range of .5 to 1 gram per piece.
You'll find a lot of confusion in regard to "serving sizes" with these types of products. Unlike pieces of gum which tend to come in relatively standardized servings, mints, candies and the like come in all sorts of bits and pieces. Each individual one may contain a surprising low amount of xylitol. Pay attention to how many pieces will be needed to create a 1 gram exposure.
2) Evaluate the ingredient list.
If you can't find proper documentation on a product's packaging, at least look for one that lists xylitol as its primary ingredient. (Or, if you can, hold out for finding a product that's made by a company that actually respects it's customers enough to provide proper labeling.)
What kinds of products are available?
Here's a listing of some of the different types of higher-content, xylitol-sweetened items we've seen. This list is not meant to be all inclusive. (If you know of any products whose packaging states a content of .5 to 1 gram of xylitol per piece, please leave a comment below.)
(grams per piece)
|Zellies Junior Bears||1.4|
|Dr. John's Soft Candy||1|
|Dr. John's Hard Candy||.5|
|Xyla Hard Candy||.5|
|Zapp Xyla Candy||.5|
(grams per piece)
|BioGenesis Xylitol Mints||.55|
|Zapp Xyla Mints||.5|
|Dr. John's Peppermints||.5|
|Xlear Spry Mints||.5|
|Dr. John's Lollipops||1|
|CariFree CTx1 Lollies||1|
|Zapp Xyla Lollipops||.5|
|Dr. John's Chocolate||5|
|Zapp Xyla Chocolate||3|
While the idea of syrups and jams may seem silly at first, they can provide a safe way to administer xylitol dosings to very young children.
|Syrups and Jams||Xylitol Content
(grams per tablespoon)
|Nature's Hollow Jam||5|
|Nature's Hollow Honey||5|
|Nature's Hollow Syrup||4.5|
|Xlear Spry Preserves||3|