According to Professor Kauko Makinen, research pioneer and renowned expert in xylitol, regular use of these kinds of gums can reduce the occurrence of tooth decay by up to 80 percent on the average.
This is based on more than 20 different studies published.
recommends that children and even adults chew gums with xylitol immediately after every meal, maybe about three to five times a day, especially if they've just consumed something sugary.
One gum will do but two pellets are better to keep the gum longer in your mouth.
admits to chewing 10 to 12 gum pellets a day.
Of course, the professor cautions that xylitol gums are not a replacement for oral hygiene.
Children should still be taught to brush their teeth, to avoid eating so much sugary foods, and to floss.
They should also regularly visit their dentists.
also advises mothers to check the label before buying gums with xylitol because some do not have enough xylitol in them.
At least 50 percent xylitol content is acceptable.
In the list of ingredients, xylitol should be mentioned first, which means that it is a major ingredient of that product.
Lotte xylitol is one such product.
It is actually the only dental health gum in the country that currently bears the Seal of Recognition from the Philippine Dental Association
Kauko Makinen is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Turku in Finland.