Who's at risk?
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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 wipes.

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.

Granular Xylitol
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 wait.
  • 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 night.
  • 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.
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