I have been using 15-20 xylitol mints for dental benefits. If for some reason I am not able to use the mints could a teaspoon of granulated xylitol be dissolved in the mouth and have the same protective effects as the mints?
Thanks for your question. The quick answer is yes!
To improve your oral health the most important number to remember with xylitol is 6 grams a day for at least 6 months!
Using more than 10 grams a day is safe and may have other benefits – but “plaque removal” benefits plateau at 10 grams a day.
You are accurate that around 20 mints a day will give maximum dental effect (each Zellie mint is 0.5 grams). If you consume Zellies mints at intervals throughout the day you will have greatest benefit. Consuming Zellies after eating or drinking will give you multiple benefits – help control plaque, help dissipate acidity, and help mineralize and strengthen teeth.
It does not matter the form in which you use xylitol. Here are some suggestions – I hope this helps. Zellies mints are convenient and taste delicious – mix and match with gum or granular xylitol to total 6-10 grams a day. Zellies gum makes your mouth clean and fresh – great after meals (two pieces has 1.4 grams xylitol).
A packet of xylitol (one teaspoon) is 4 grams – try to divide the dose up through the day: either –> Half a teaspoon (2 grams ) after two meals – then four to eight mints throughout the day.
–> Or a quarter teaspoon (one gram) six times a day from a spoon at the end of meals.
–> Dissolve two packets of xylitol (8 grams) in a bottle of water and sip at the end of each meal or throughout the day or night.
Thanks for the question!
Dr. Ellie Phillips