It’s a good month for xylitol as researchers have recently announced tests involving gummy bears made with xylitol ward off cavity-causing bacteria. A study in Washington State gathered 154 first to fifth graders from two elementary schools. The students were given four gummy bears made with either xylitol or maltitol (types of sugars used in many types of sugarless chewing gum) three times a day during school hours.
All were checked for plaque and bacteria in their mouths at the start of the study and six weeks later.
After six weeks, there was a “significant” reduction in the main bacteria buildup associated with cavities for the children who snacked on the xylitol and maltitol candy.
The gummy bears made with xylitol used in the study are not available on the U.S. market at this time but as you know, gum and mints with xylitol are available from our office in the form of Zellies. If you are not local to Rochester, you can purchase Zellies from theirwebsite.
Bravo Dr. K !! - always on the leading edge - and so aware of the benefits of xylitol!
Gummy bears - lollypops - gum and mints - all great!! But if you are on a limited budget - remember granular xylitol is only about $10 a pound.
You put a teaspoon of granular xylitol in a bottle of water and sip this during the day. One pound will give you 112 teaspoons - enough xylitol to protect teeth for three months!! Two pounds ( cost $20 ) is enough to wipe out plaque bacteria and clean your mouth of cavity forming disease!!