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Candy that helps prevent tooth decay

Apr 10, 2013

Sugar-free candies with no artificial flavors, colors or preservativesSugar-free candy sweetened with Xylitol

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Warning: The following may sound too good to be true, but several clinical studies and 15 major dental associations worldwide agree: candy, gum and mint products made from the natural sweetener Xylitol are good for you.

If you want, we’ll wait here while you pinch yourself and wait for the giddiness to subside.

Peppersmith™, a small United Kingdom company formed in 2009 based in London, has made a gum out of chicle (sap from the sapodilla tree) and sweetened with Xylitol, a wood sugar made from trees. Xylitol has been made from Finnish birch trees since the early 1900’s, and is also found in other things like beech trees, fruits, and vegetables.

Scandinavian children today are given free Xylitol regularly in schools and nurseries to help prevent tooth decay.

AMAZING FACT #1 The human liver produces Xylitol, up to 15 grams each day.  Unfortunately, unless you eat wood bark and berries every day, the modern diet cancels out the Xylitol our bodies produce naturally.

Research suggests that people should consume between six to ten grams of Xylitol per day, or three to five servings. And this is where Peppersmith’s™ newest product comes in.

In late March Peppersmith™ announced a new Xylitol-sweetened candy called tingz. The company advertises that tingz is “sugar-free and good for teeth” and is available in two flavors: strawberry vanilla and orange mandarin. Peppersmith™ founders Mike and Dan say their product are 100% natural, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. 

But how is the new candy, gum and mints, good for your teeth?


  • Xylitol has 40% fewer calories than sugar and 75% less carbohydrates
  • Regular sugar feeds bacteria and produces acids that break down tooth enamel. Xylitol helps keep a neutral pH balance because it breaks down differently than sugar, starving the bacteria by as much as 90% and preventing it from spreading
  • Xylitol also helps prevent bacteria from sticking to the teeth, making plaque easier to remove
  • Xylitol raises the amino acids and ammonia levels in saliva and plaque, which move into softened enamel, causing it to harden and protect the teeth

Balanced servings of Xylitol at regular intervals are recommended because research suggests that the more frequent it interacts with oral bacteria, the better it can fight cavities. Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the British Dental Association recommend the use of Xylitol in combating tooth decay.

Peppersmith™ products are available here and also at Whole Foods Markets.


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