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Chew On These Three Sugarless Gum Brands

Some sugarless chewing gum is not like the others: these three brands are actually good for your teeth.

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BUY RIGHT | A chewer from way back, I could tell you I gobble gum because it stimulates the production of saliva which has been scientifically proven to help neutralize acid erosion on tooth enamel—but really it’s because I’m a fresh breath fanatic and mints and sprays leave me with a dry mouth.

Of course healthy teeth are important to me too. Jawing on sugar-filled wads is verboten; why impede the good work done by the production of extra saliva? So I always chew sugar-free gum, but then only brands sweetened with Xylitol (most sugarless gum is sweetened with Sorbitol).

According to research, Xylitol appears to promote the remineralization of tooth enamel; in one study done with school children in Finland, chewing gum with Xylitol actually repaired tiny lesions in their teeth (CLICK HERE to read what they say on Wikipedia). Unfortunately Xylitol gum can be hard to find.

The following three chewing gum brands are sweetened with Xylitol (it’s their first ingredient, which is important). If you know of any others, I’d love for you to add to my list. —Ruth Rainey

Trident Xtra Care (must be Xtra Care)
Trident Xtra CareGlee Gum
Glee GumSpry Gum

Spry Gum

10 replies
  1. Caroline Ramsay
    Caroline Ramsay says:

    Most sugar-free gums also contain aspartame, which many people are eager to avoid. I really like pur gum (Action Candy Company, Concord , Ontario), with Xylitol. I buy it at Super Valu in Edgemont Village.

  2. Liz Stone
    Liz Stone says:

    There is a new throat lozenge called PerioBalance that is a probiotic. You use it once a day, after brushing, and it leaves a layer of good bacteria along the gum line to repel plaque. It reduces plaque up to 42% within 28 days. At the moment it is sweetened with sucralose but they are reformulating it with Xylitol. The active bacteria is lactobacillus reuteri which also fights streptococus mutans-the cause of decay. It’s available at Shoppers.

  3. Glee Guy
    Glee Guy says:

    Thanks for including Glee; yippee! For those looking to find it, check out the store locator on our website at GleeGum.com. We also have a webstore if you prefer to order direct. Happy chewing! – Glee Guy, humble mascot of Glee Gum

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