• Xylitol Chewing Gum

    Gum makes a great choice as a xylitol source. It's convenient to use and it creates an exposure that lasts for an extended period of time. As a bonus, the act of chewing it provides an anti-cavity effect on its own.

    FYI:

    More studies have evaluated the use of gum than any other type of xylitol product.

    Look for brands that offer 1 or more grams per piece.

    The best gums usually list xylitol first in their ingredient list. (More about how to read labels.)

  • Edible Xylitol Sources

    You'll find a wide range of xylitol-sweetened foodstuffs available. They include mints, hard and soft candies, lollipops, chocolates, jams and syrups. (Our table of products.) You'll be surprised at all of the different types of items you can find.

    FYI:

    Besides just adding variety to a person's regimen, these products can be useful in specific situations or with people who have special needs or tastes.

    For example, jams and syrups are especially suited for use with young children because they pose no choking risk.

  • Dental Oriented Products

    Toothpaste and mouth rinse can provide additional ways to create a xylitol exposure. And although studies have proven the effectiveness of these types of delivery systems, it can be difficult to get your entire daily dosing from just these sources.

    FYI:

    Look for toothpaste brands that have a xylitol content of 25% or more.

    Some mouth rinses provide double protection by also containing fluoride.

    As a cost-cutting measure, you might just make your own homemade rinse.

  • Granular Xylitol

    Don't overlook the option of just adding granular xylitol to the foods and beverages that you regularly consume. (Adults will only need to sprinkle on about two teaspoonfuls to get their needed daily quota.)

    FYI:

    Xylitol tastes like, and is used in the same quantities, as regular table sugar.

    It's easy enough to find online, at health food stores, or possibly even just your regular grocery store. It costs more than regular sugar but that seems a small price to pay for the benefit it provides.

  • Evaluating a product's xylitol content.

    Some manufacturers don't mark their product's xylitol content on its packaging.

    Our advice to you is to avoid these products. Being able to calculate your daily intake is an important and necessary part of creating optimal anti-cavity protection.

    FYI:

    When comparing like products, you can assume that the one that has xylitol listed higher in it's list of ingredients is the better product.

    Here's a link to our primer that explains how to make comparisons between products by reading their labels.

 

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