Xylitol, rinses, and dental health

This is a crazy topic to bring up on here, because it does not involve cooking, baking, kids, saving money, or Shaklee…but, I am excited to share what we have learned.  I read a blog that mentioned this last year and we did some research about Xylitol and its benefits and talked to our pediatric dentist as well as our regular dentist and they both recommended it so we are now on board.  We use the complete mouth care system which basically means we use 3 rinses each time we brush our teeth.  We use Closys (can buy at Walgreens, it is kind of expensive but I stockpile it when it is on sale,  and it is worth it in my opinion.) before brushing with Crest regular toothpaste.  Then after we use Listerine and then ACT fluoride rinse.  Twice a day every day.  We have been doing this for almost a year and have been very pleased with how our dental health has improved.  I have been especially excited because pregnancy does quite a number on your teeth.  Also we use xylitol after meals, usually gum or mints but I have also just used the granular form of xylitol when we are home.  I usually order online from Emerald Forest which is a bit cheaper than zellies.  Although we liked the Zellies gum better.  The fruit mints from Emerald Forest are so, so, good the kids LOVE them.  They dissolve really fast so I felt safe giving them to my 1 year old even before a year.  I would just break them in half for her.  They look like smarties candies (the American ones, not the Canadian ones.  🙂

And this is what we are doing for our teeth right now.  Try the rinses, you will be amazed how much cleaner you feel than just brushing and flossing alone.  Xylitol info Order xylitol products here:  Emerald Forest

Updates:  We continue to feel this is really helpful, especially considering that one of our kids has enamel that did not form correctly on their teeth and oodles of dental problems.  We need all the help we can get!  I now buy Spry Gum and candy at Sprouts Farmers Market most of the time.  They are great and relatively inexpensive.

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