Closys Mouth Rinse & Xylitol

Dear Dr. Ellie:

 I went ahead and bought the Closys at Walgreens. It had a $2 dollar coupon inside for the next bottle. The Closys has absolutely no taste and I have a hard time telling that it’s doing the job. It almost seems like im just swishing around water in my mouth then spitting it out, but I will keep using it! Thank you for all the help. I have one last technical question about xylitol. You said before that I could let it dissolve in water and sip on it throughout the day. What I’m wanting to know is, does the benefit come from the direct contact to the teeth (such as the listerine and ACT), or does the benefit just come from the consumption of the product? For example, a person consumes 4 grams of xylitol in one quick spoon full, it is absorbed into the body and then secreted through the salivary glands of the mouth? Sorry for making it so difficult but I want to understand. Based on my work it would be easier to be able to swallow a couple spoonfuls a day. Thanks again!
 – T

Hi T,

The effect of xylitol is topical – right in the mouth.

As xylitol mixes with saliva, it makes plaque slippery and puts minerals in the surface of your teeth.

Xylitol helps to clean and harden teeth.

The more often xylitol mixes with saliva, the better your results.

Dumping a teaspoon into food or a cup of coffee, is not as good as little amounts during the day.

I suggest (if you have trouble sipping water with xylitol) – get Zellies mints!!

Zellies mint mints are like a delicious “Altoid-type” mint and the fruit mints are refreshing and yummy!

You can take a couple of mints when you like – spacing them out during the day.

You want about 12 mints during the day – to have enough. You can, of course, mix and match these ideas.

You could have a little xylitol on a spoon before you go to work, then some mints during the day – and then some xylitol after dinner (maybe sprinkled on your dessert!)

The frequency of at least 5-6 times a day is important – with a total dose of 1-2 teaspoons ( 5-10 grams)

Hope this explains the best way to enjoy xylitol!

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health!

author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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