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Your mouth will thank you each time you enjoy Zellie’s products. More about xylitol from Dr. Ellie

+ Who can benefit from Zellie’s?



Many women experience cavities and gum problems when their saliva becomes acidic and damages their teeth and gums. A variation of hormone levels in blood has a direct effect on the flow and chemistry of saliva and these fluctuations can cause damage to teeth and gums. It may not be possible to control hormonal fluctuations, especially in young women or during pregnancy, so it is important to understand these problems and fight to protect your mouth from acidity and gum recession with xylitol.



Tooth decay is an infectious disease, and parents infect their children with germs that travel in saliva during kissing or sharing food. Studies show that in families where mothers chew xylitol gum there are less detectable levels of harmful plaque (Streptococcus mutans) bacteria in the mouths of their children. Any caretakers, babysitters and grandparents should be aware that they can transfer harmful cavity and gum disease bacteria to infants and children in the family. Xylitol is a great way to help prevent this transmission.



Studies show that children without cavities at the age of 4 are more likely to have healthy teeth for life. New teeth are soft and easily damaged by acids from foods and drinks. Xylitol makes it easier for you to give your children the "gift of healthy teeth" by protecting teeth from acids, controlling unhealthy bacteria, and helping to rebuild damaged teeth. Your children will love the sweet taste of xylitol. You will love the fact that every time they eat xylitol, their teeth are being protected. Additionally, research has shown that regular use of xylitol can reduce the incidence of middle ear infections in toddlers by over 40%!



Adults with perfect teeth are only a small number of the population in the U.S. Unfortunately, about 70% of U.S. adults have cavities and fillings. An even higher percentage of U.S. adults suffer gum disease and lost teeth, which can have consequences for general health. Regular use of xylitol-rich products can help eliminate plaque from teeth and help balance mouth acidity and offer protection from cavities and dental damage.



There is no reason for teeth to deteriorate as we age. Most tooth damage in older mouths is caused by mouth dryness, or a lack of saliva. Protect your teeth from dryness and acidity with xylitol! Xylitol safely moistens the mouth and stimulates a flow of healthy saliva to help preserve teeth and keep them cleaner and healthier.


People with Special Needs

Dental treatment may be a frightening and traumatic experience for people with disabilities. Crowded teeth may be hard to clean especially when patients are unable to rinse or spit. If plaque grows, cavities and gum disease will result. And medicines that dry the mouth, or are sweetened with sugar, can make dental problems worse. Regular consumption of xylitol will help reduce plaque and help control its build up. Xylitol has been shown to reduce cavities by up to 80% in people who do not clean their teeth. It can also help prevent fungal mouth infections, seen in debilitated and dehydrated patients.

+ How much xylitol is in your favorite Zellie’s?

  • Zellie’s Polar Bears contain 1.3 grams of xylitol per bear

  • Zellie’s mints have 0.5 grams of xylitol per mint
  • Zellie’s gum has 1 gram of xylitol per piece

+ When to use Zellie’s

Zellies are most effective at the end of meals, drinks or snacks. Xylitol alkalizes the mouth and can reduce damage caused by acidity at the end of meals.

+ How often to use Zellie’s

Studies show that a routine of xylitol five times a day in separate intervals makes harmful plaque slippery and more easily cleaned off teeth by brushing and rinsing.

+ Xylitol is almost the opposite of processed white sugar

The benefits from Zellie’s are from the delicious sweet xylitol they contain. Xylitol is a health sugar from fibers of plants and trees. Xylitol has a low glycemic index of 7.0.

Xylitol stabilizes blood glucose – so it’s safe for diabetics and good between meals to cut sugar cravings.

+ How to enjoy Zellie’s

Choose your own way to enjoy eating Zellie’s mints, Polar Bears, and gum! Crunch, suck or chew - it doesn’t matter! When you taste the sweet xylitol in your mouth, you know it is working. Once the taste has gone, the bacteria in your mouth will have absorbed the xylitol. Good bacteria will flourish and harmful plaque will become slippery. There’s no need to chew gum after the taste has gone.

+ Zellie’s are good for children and adults

Children with healthy teeth can protect them with a small amount of xylitol daily. We recommend 2-3 Zellie Bears per day for children 2-6 years old.

Zellie Bears are great in the morning, after lunch, and before bed at night (we love giving them as a treat for brushing!).

+ Zellie’s help to stop and prevent cavities in teeth

Children and adults with cavities should strive for 5 exposures to xylitol every day. The daily use of 6.5 grams of xylitol in divided amounts has been shown to control and progressively reduce cavity bacteria over a time line of six months. Children with cavities should strive for 5 Zellie Bears every day since this will provide exactly 6.5 grams of xylitol.

+ Long term protection

Children eating 3-10 grams of xylitol for two years have been shown to have long-term protection from cavities. Preschool children, prior to the eruption of their adult teeth will derive maximum benefit.

+ A daily routine

Adults and children will enjoy dental benefits from a little xylitol daily - providing they have at least 3 grams. Less than 3 grams may not show any oral health benefits.

Zellie’s are most effective when eaten at the end of meals. Zellie’s will limit acidic damage by alkalizing the mouth and limiting the growth of harmful cavity bacteria.

To reduce plaque in the mouth, five exposures per day are recommended and 6.5 grams of xylitol daily. This is why we recommend one or two mints or a piece of Zellie’s gum after every meal, snack or drink.

Less than 3 grams of xylitol daily may not enhance oral health. It appears the more xylitol you consume (up to about 10 grams), the greater the benefits for preventing decay – provided this consumption is in divided small amounts.

+ Too much xylitol

Over 10 grams may not give any additional benefits but you can enjoy xylitol freely – nibbling a mint or piece of gum as you desire. The official “maximum recommended per day” would be a jar of mints (250mints) or a jar of gum (100 pieces).

+ Xylitol is good for digestion – but start slowly

Xylitol is seen by the body as fiber, a Pre-Biotic, and it breaks down to form Butyrate in the gut. When large amounts of xylitol are consumed at once, xylitol can act as a laxative - especially for a person with poor digestive health. The recommendation is to start slowly – perhaps one mint after each meal– three times a day. This can slowly increase to two mints, five times a day over a period of six months.

+ Don’t confuse or mix xylitol with sorbitol

The names may sound similar but xylitol and sorbitol are not the same and in fact, sorbitol can interfere with tooth remineralization, may promote acid reflux and digestive issues. Ensure that you only use xylitol products that are 100% sweetened with xylitol and contain no added sorbitol. Zellie’s are only 100% pure xylitol – no artificial sweeteners ever!

+ Dangers of xylitol

Xylitol should not be given to pets. Along with avocado, grapes, chocolate and onions – these human foods that provide us with health benefits should not be shared with pets – and xylitol is particularly toxic for some breeds of dog.

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