We all know that too many sweets are bad for us, and frequent trips to the dentists when we were children were enough to put us off the sugary treats for life. But imagine if someone told you that there was a sweet you could eat, that would actually help to prevent tooth decay, would you believe it?
Well one such company – Peppersmith, have just unveiled a new range of sweets called Tingz, that they say are not only sugar free, but also contain an ingredient that can actually help to protect against tooth decay.
Tingz are made with 100 per cent xylitol, which tastes very much like sugar, but contains 40% fewer calories, a lower GI and is a natural ingredient which is derived from birch trees. And not only that, but xylitol is approved within the medical industry as it fights against tooth decay.
The makers of Tingz say that there have been ‘hundreds of clinical and field studies’ that demonstrate xylitol’s ability to reduce plaque and tooth decay, and it can reduce the amount of harmful bacteria in the mouth by 90%.
‘At the moment, xylitol-containing confectionery is endorsed by over 15 major dental associations worldwide, including the British Dental Health Foundation and the FDI (Federation Dental International),’ they say.
And in other countries, such as Sweden and Finland, children in schools are already being given sweets that contain xylitol in an attempt to help protect their teeth after they have eaten. In fact, Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation says in The Times, that xylitol ‘may be the biggest advance against caries since fluoride’.
Studies have reported that in countries such as Scandinavia, where children regularly are given xylitol in schools and nurseries, their teeth tend to be better. And Carter himself says that he uses xylitol every day – ‘I have some xylitol mints in my desk drawer. If you look at the evidence it is overwhelming that xylitol works’ – and would recommend its use.
This is the way that xylitol works:
There is a bacteria in the mouth called Streptococcus Mutans that causes tooth decay. When you have eaten, the sugars in food give this type of bacteria energy to grow and multiply, they then produce acids that can start to dissolve the tooth’s enamel. This happens every time you eat.
Xylitol prevents the bacteria from fermenting and halts the production of acids in the mouth. Xylitol also affects the enzymes in the bacteria so that they can’t stick to the teeth as well. This also means plaque is easier to remove.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says it ‘recognises the benefits of caries preventive strategies involving sugar substitutes, particularly xylitol, on the oral health of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs.
The British Dental Association inspected the Peppersmith product and endorsed the brand’s claims that eating tingz with Xylitol is good for dental health, helps reduce plaque, reduces the risk of tooth decay and helps maintain healthier teeth.
‘If a child gets it a couple of times a day, they will get less decay,’ he says.
Peppersmith’s tingz are made from real natural ingredients and come in two flavours, strawberry and vanilla and orange and mandarin. They are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and officially accredited by the Vegetarian Society.
You can buy them from the Peppersmith website, 9 bags containing 25 sweets in each cost £8.50. Delivery in the UK is free.
For more information visit tingz.co.uk