People with Special Needs
3 Things to know:
1. Incomplete cleaning allows
damaging bacteria to grow, causing cavities and gum disease.
After about a year of eating 5 to 10 grams of xylitol a day
the number of damaging bacteria can fall as much at 90%!
2. Medications can cause dry
mouth and may also contain sugar.
Taking medications creates an environment where damaging
bacteria thrive, it is important to maintain a neutral pH to
prevent bacteria growth, consider xylitol products like Zellies
mints or granular xylitol in food preparation, and xylitol
3. Debilitated and sick
people often suffer from mouth sores caused by fungal infection.
Xylitol is anti-fungal and can help control and heal mouth
sores. A solution of 4 grams of granular xylitol in 16 oz of
warm water can be made and sipped or sprayed into the mouth or
wiped onto teeth with a cloth or sponge.
Use in place of sugar in drinks and cooking. Zellies Granular
Xylitol is derived from North American Hardwood and is non-GMO.
Great for eating directly off a spoon or add to water for
protecting teeth and gums.
Zellies Xylitol Mints &
Gum are made with 100% xylitol, a naturally
occurring substance that tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer
calories. Xylitol studies have shown that it can safely protect
and strengthen teeth, prevent decay, and help heal early
cavities. Eat delicious Zellies products with 100% xylitol and
experience the difference.
|“People suffering with an illness or disabilities often have dental
problems that complicate their lives. Medications and limited mobility can make proper care difficult. Xylitol can help protect their teeth.
Dr. Ellie Tips
- Zellies Xylitol mints can help
people with special needs or in hospital, or long-term care
situations. Zellies are tasty and easy to eat throughout the
day, and are safe for diabetics and can be enjoyed freely.
- Developmentally disabled children
and adults often present challenges for oral hygiene.
Caretakers can protect teeth and control plaque with Zellies
mints, gum or the use of a Xylitol spray. The change in
plaque build up will begin immediately but may take 6-12
months to be noticed, but the results will be worth the
- Crowded teeth may also be hard to
clean, especially when patients are unable to rinse or spit
out. If this plaque grows, cavities and gum disease will
result. Regular eating of Zellies each day will reduce
plaque and help control its build up.
- Medicines that dry the mouth or are
sweetened with sugar can make dental problems worse. Zellies
will protect teeth after medications and anytime day or
- Additional information for
caretakers: Zellies will prevent fungal mouth infections,
seen in debilitated and dehydrated patients (soreness at the
corners or roof of the mouth). Zellies contain 100% Xylitol,
which has been shown to reduce cavities by up to 80% in
people who do not regularly clean their teeth.