New Podcast Episode: Alternative Dentistry

Ellie Phillips, DDS spoke frankly with me about the dental profession and how it can and must adapt from a drill and fill to a systemic and truly preventative model.  She is the author of the book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye and a most interesting person to listen to.  I assure you, you have never heard a dentist like Dr. Ellie.

Find this episode in the podcast section of iTunes by searching for “On The Other Hand” or go to our podcast site here.


Gummy Bears That Fight Cavities!

It’s a good month for xylitol as researchers have recently announced tests involving gummy bears made with xylitol ward off cavity-causing bacteria.  A study in Washington State gathered 154 first to fifth graders from two elementary schools. The students were given four gummy bears made with either xylitol or maltitol (types of sugars used in many types of sugarless chewing gum) three times a day during school hours.

All were checked for plaque and bacteria in their mouths at the start of the study and six weeks later.

After six weeks, there was a “significant” reduction in the main bacteria buildup associated with cavities for the children who snacked on the xylitol and maltitol candy.

The gummy bears made with xylitol used in the study are not available on the U.S. market at this time but as you know, gum and mints with xylitol are available from our office in the form of Zellies.  If you are not local to Rochester, you can purchase Zellies from here

The findings are going to be published in the journal BMC Oral Health.


Dr. Brett Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY.  Zellies xylitol candies and mints can be purchased in his office at 2364 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606.

Sweetener that cuts cavities in kids – fact or crap?

Daily doses of xylitol have again been shown to keep people from developing cavities.  Yup, this one’s for real folks!  Dental researchers at the University of Washington have found that toddlers who are given two or three daily spoonfuls of the sugar substitute xylitol in a fruit-flavored syrup have significantly lower rates of tooth decay than other children.

Researchers presented their results yesterday at the 86th General Session of the International Association for Dental Research in Toronto.

The study involved 102 children with an average age of 15 months who lived in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Childhood tooth decay is a serious health concern in that central Pacific region. Study authors say the average 5-year-old living there has two to three times as many cavities as a young child living in a typical mainland community.

The children randomly received different doses of the sweetened syrup once, twice, or three times a day for 12 months. At the end of the trial, nearly 76% of the toddlers who received twice-daily doses of xylitol syrup (8 grams in total) were cavity-free, compared to 48% of those who received a single spoonful a day.

More than half (59.4%) of the children who received xylitol three times a day were cavity-free after a year.

Fruit Flavored Zellies

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that’s found in plants and fruits. It is a sugar alcohol that blocks the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities.

We have been using Zellies xylitol products in our family for years with great results. Recently, we began carrying the Zellies line of 100% xylitol gum and candies in our office.  If you’re local to Rochester, stop in to our office to pick up Zellies — our prices are good compared to the website!  If you’re not local and you order some Zellies here.

Add this one to the growing list of studies showing the benefits of xylitol…a sugar that truly makes teeth healthy and happy.

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