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 Zellies Gum & Mints

What are Zellies?
Zellies xylitol mints and xylitol gum are made with 100% xylitol, a naturally occurring substance that tastes like sugar, but has 40% less 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:
  • Freshen your breath and remove bad bacteria
  • Make your mouth pH balanced
  • Strengthen your teeth
  • Moisten your mouth
  • Feel like you just left the dentist every day


How Many Zellies Do I Need?

The proven benefits of xylitol for teeth are seen when a minimum of 6.5 grams each day and at least five separate exposures to it. That’s as simple as enjoying 3-4 Zellies xylitol mints or gum after meals and snacks (12-20 Zellies each day) or 6-10 grams of granulated Xylitol (2-3 teaspoons).

  • Safe for all ages
  • Safe for diabetics – glycemic index of 7.0
  • One calorie
  • 0 net carbohydrates
  • 40% fewer calories than sugar
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What is xylitol?
Xylitol is a sweet, white substance that looks and tastes like sugar, but has 40% fewer calories than sucrose and is diabetic friendly. Xylitol is organic and all natural — found in the fibers of fruits and vegetables like corn, berries and mushrooms, and the wood of trees like the birch. It is even produced naturally in small amounts by our bodies. This amazing sweetener that has the power to protect our teeth is the main ingredient in Zellies.


What does xylitol do?
Xylitol not only rids the mouth of sticky harmful bacteria, it actually promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria. Plaque bacteria use sucrose and carbohydrates from our diet to grow and multiply. They create sticky threads that allow them to attach to the tooth surface and each other to form thick layers and acids that damage teeth.

Healthy bacteria will replace harmful bacteria and these friendly bacteria will protect your teeth.

When plaque bacteria absorb xylitol, they cannot multiply, produce acids, or stick to teeth. Eating products like Zellies Xylitol Gum and Zellies Xylitol Mints means less plaque will form on teeth, and eventually plaque bacteria may be undetectable in the mouth. Xylitol also raises mouth pH and encourages mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. This can protect and remineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.

How does xylitol work?
Here’s a more detailed, scientific version of the process. 

Xylitol has a beneficial effect on the bacterial flora found in the mouth, nose, and throat. 

A bacteria cell has an outer layer called cytoplasm. This portion of the cell surrounds a spaghetti pile of DNA called a nucleoid.

When products containing sugar or carbohydrates are consumed, sugar will dissolve in saliva and be absorbed by bacteria in plaque on teeth. The sugar is absorbed into the cytoplasm layer and then is transported to “feed” the cell with energy to reproduce and multiply.

Xylitol is readily absorbed by plaque bacteria, where it travels into the cell cytoplasm. The difference is that the cell lacks the mechanism to provide energy for the cell to multiply and reproduce. Furthermore the cell tries to expel the xylitol, and expends energy trying to push the xylitol away and out of the cell. Because the bacteria cell uses its energy to expel the xylitol, it is less able to stick to teeth and is therefore more easily removed by tooth cleaning. Xylitol has also interfered with acid production by the cell and prevented reproduction. This process of using energy to no purpose is called a futile cycle.

Tooth Decay Process

Toxic, cavity forming plaque bacteria die each time they are in contact with xylitol. As harmful bacteria are cleaned away, new xylitol-resistant bacteria take their place. These new bacteria do not produce acids, do not damage teeth and do not form sticky layers of plaque. These bacteria appear to form a protective coating over teeth – fighting off intruding bacteria and protecting enamel from things that may harm teeth.


Why is Xylitol better for teeth than other sugarless sweeteners?
Xylitol is a small 5 carbon alcohol and has completely different chemistry from other similar-sounding sweeteners commonly found in commercial products. Most sugarless sweeteners have large 6 carbon molecules, making them too big to penetrate the protoplasm of a bacteria cell. These sugarless sweeteners may not feed bacteria cells, but they don’t kill the cells like xylitol.

Bacteria learn to process sorbitol, commonly found in commercial sugarless gum and candy, after about three exposures. Harmful bacteria cells are able to set up pathways that allow sorbitol to transport into the cytoplasm and provide energy to the cell. Plaque bacteria use this energy from sorbitol to grow and multiply. This can lead to thicker plaque and may even give rise to acid reflux conditions in the throat and stomach.

The benefits of xylitol
Continuous use of xylitol creates a desirable environment for healthy mouth bacteria and an undesirable environment for unhealthy plaque bacteria. After 5 weeks of eating at least 6 grams of xylitol each day, sticky plaque bacteria will no longer be found on teeth. After 6 months of continuous xylitol use, these bacteria will be undetectable in saliva, on teeth and on the tongue. You can get started today with Zellies.

Who should use xylitol?
While everyone should use xylitol, one of the most valuable times is when parents are expecting a baby. Consuming 6 grams a day will protect the parents’ teeth and create healthy conditions for the oral health of the baby. Bacteria from parents’ mouths can be easily transferred to brand new baby teeth.

Infants can be given xylitol. It fights yeast infections on their tongues and develops a healthy environment for the eruption of first teeth. The easiest way is to dissolve a tiny amount of granular xylitol in an ounce of water, and give to the baby in a bottle or sippy cup. A small amount of xylitol (about an eighth of a teaspoon) should be applied to gums or teeth in solution throughout the day, especially after feeding or before sleeping. The total xylitol consumed by an infant may be a couple of grams a day, but by the time the child has all the baby teeth the dose may be raised to one to two teaspoons (6-8 grams) each day. This can be continued indefinitely, but as children grow they may prefer other methods of taking xylitol.

Children, teens, and adults can use xylitol to rid the mouth of plaque bacteria and balance acidity after every snack and meal, whenever they have a dry mouth, and if they are unable to clean teeth before naps or bedtime.

Find the product that fits your lifestyle: mint, gum, or granular xylitol that can be taken directly from a spoon or dissolved in water. You need regular exposure to at least 6 to 10 grams of xylitol per day to rid the mouth of harmful bacteria. While it is safe to consume from 50 to 100 grams of xylitol daily, for optimum dental health there is a plateau effect at 10 grams, and additional amounts are no more beneficial.

Special circumstances

Diabetics can safely consume xylitol as a sugar alternative because it does not raise blood sugar and has a glycemic index of 7. The reduction of plaque will helpprevent gum disease, which has been linked to insulin instability.

Athletes who consume acidic energy drinks and carbohydrate bars may make the resulting dental damage worse with open-mouth breathing during exercise. Xylitol can balance acidity and reduce plaque deposits to protect gum and tooth health.

Denture wearers, menopausal women, and cancer patients or anyone on medications, experiencing hormonal changes or with decreased resistance to infection, will benefit from using xylitol. Those not able to care for their mouths either permanently or temporarily can use xylitol to help maintain oral health. Military combat personnel, disabled children and adults, those who are ill or otherwise incapacitated, and anyone being cared for by another will benefit from using xylitol.

Xylitol is harmful to dogs

It is said that xylitol is dangerous for dogs if ingested. Although some dog toothpastes are made with xylitol, to be safe, keep xylitol products including items baked with xylitol away from pets.


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