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xylitol chewing gum - cost effective?

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Posted by: ohdear123  (5 years ago)
I've been looking into xylitol gum, the average gum has around 0.5-0.7g of xylitol per gum, and the therapeutic dosage per day seems to be 6-10g a day.

That means a lot of gum per day (minimum 12)and xylitol gum is not cheap, where I am thats $2 a day I need to spend.

Is it worth it? Thanks

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Posted by: Novocaine  (5 years ago)
Hey,

Well, if that is true, I'd give this rather expensive oral hygiene experiment a pass. A much better option would be to set aside that kind of money for a regular dental scaling/checkup every six months and you would be more closer to maintaining an optimal hygiene.

As long as you stick to the cardinal rules of keeping your teeth decay-free and your gums healthy, you are good to go. Be well!
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I've been looking into xylitol gum, the average gum has around 0.5-0.7g of xylitol per gum, and the therapeutic dosage per day seems to be 6-10g a day.

That means a lot of gum per day (minimum 12)and xylitol gum is not cheap, where I am thats $2 a day I need to spend.

Is it worth it? Thanks




You have certainly done your math. Xylitol has been shown to be effective, but I would not use it unless you have a high unexplainable cause of decay, or gastric reflux. There are now many vendors. Check online to see if there are better prices.
Posted 5 years ago
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Posted by: ghnane  (5 years ago)
Xylitol has been shown in scientific studies to reduce the bacterial burden in the mouth and as with any chewing you are increasing your saliva production that helps with your buffering capacity and oral clearance.
On the bigger scale chew sugar free gum that will help stimulate saliva post meals to achieve pH balance and clearance of food particles.
All these recommendations are great and apply to the general public but when we get down to individual cases we assess risk factors and risk indicators to see whether a patient is high, moderate or low risk and then come up with individualized treatment and recommendations plans.
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No, chewing xylitol chewing is not so cost effective. WE are the manufactures of these type of chewing gums. These are very good to make teeth germ less and strong. You can get them in a very low price too.

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xylitol chewing gum
Posted 4 years ago
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Dentist
I've been looking into xylitol gum, the average gum has around 0.5-0.7g of xylitol per gum, and the therapeutic dosage per day seems to be 6-10g a day.

That means a lot of gum per day (minimum 12)and xylitol gum is not cheap, where I am thats $2 a day I need to spend.

Is it worth it? Thanks



You can also use powdered xylitol to sweeten drinks at home. There are many other xylitol products like xylitol candy. Your total input of xylitol does not have to be in gum.
Posted 4 years ago
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