Sugar-free chewing gum helps reduce demineralization of the teeth. Dental demineralization is a risk factor in the formation of cavities. For daily protection against cavities, 9 - 12 g of xylitol is recommended, ideally 3 - 4 g after every meal. That works out to 4 - 6 pieces of gum a day. Chewing gum also has a mechanical cleaning effect, but it’s still an expensive method of dental care considering the amount of xylitol for the price. The price of 100 g of xylitol in gum ranges from 7.07 EUR (Xummi Spearmint 100 g canister) up to 11.57 EUR (miradent), based on an assumed 70% xylitol content.
Many chewing gums available in supermarkets (Wrigley, Lidl, Aldi) contain problematic ingredients such as artificial sweeteners (aspartame and acesulfame K) and BHA. BHA is allowed in Germany but banned in Austria because it is suspected to cause cancer, among other reasons. That’s why we reject these chewing gums.
As a more affordable alternative, we have our own chewing gum selection: Xucker Xummi Spearmint, Fruit, and smart. The quality is very good, the gum has a pleasant consistency, and the pieces are considerably larger than miradent’s version. And since we offer Xummi in 100 g canisters and 600 g pouches, the price is unbeatable. Our price per 100 g of the xylitol contained in the gum is as low as 7.07 EUR (100 g canister) or even 5.71 EUR (600 g pouch).
Even more affordable are xylitol lozenges like our Xucker Fruit Drops, which are 91% to 95% xylitol. They dissolve slowly and increase the saliva flow, thus protecting the teeth. 200 g of xylitol drops costs as low as 5.80 EUR. The cheapest solution is using pure xylitol powder. 100 Xucker Premium Sticks with 4 g of xylitol each cost only 7.50 EUR (1.87 EUR / 100 g), and that’s a month’s supply. They’re also perfect for sweetening drinks on the go, and they’re great for sharing xylitol with friends who want to try it out.
By popular demand, we have included xylitol toothpaste in our product line. Xylitol toothpaste is not a bad thing, but the amount of xylitol contained is so low (max. 20 g / 100 g) that the effect is limited. If you use 2 g of toothpaste, you’re rinsing your teeth with 0.4 g of xylitol.
There are studies indicating that xylitol toothpaste provides significantly better cavity protection than the same toothpaste without xylitol. That makes sense. However, xylitol should be applied to the teeth immediately after eating, for example in the form of gum, lozenges, or simply the pure powder (held in the mouth for a minute). Xylitol toothpaste usually comes too late. Who brushes their teeth right after eating? Brushing with a toothbrush immediately after a meal can even be harmful because acidic foods and drinks can weaken the enamel – only pure xylitol can help that.