To celebrate National Smile Month, we got in touch with Peppersmith, who make mints, gum and pastilles made from xylitol, a natural sweetener found in birch trees. Peppersmith have kindly written this post for us to shed some light on xylitol and tell us about the benefits it can provide for teeth. They are also kindly giving away a box of their mints with all Wild Child orders placed during National Smile Month, which are suitable for little foodies aged 3 years and over.
We take lots of care to look after our family's health by eating the right food, doing regular exercise and getting plenty of sleep, but where does our teeth’s health come into all this?
At Peppersmith, we think that taking care of your teeth should be easy, tasty and free from nasty chemicals. So, to celebrate National Smile Month, we wanted to share a little bit about an ingredient called xylitol that we use in our mints and pastilles, and how it can keep yours and your little foodie's mouth in tip top condition.
Xylitol is a naturally derived sweetener which was originally sourced from the birch trees of Finland. It was first discovered in the 19th century and became popular in Finland at the beginning of the 20th century when the country was lacking cane sugar due to the lack of shipping during the Second World War. We use it in our products as it’s great for keeping teeth healthy, and is also a tasty, low GI alternative to refined sugar, containing 40% fewer calories.
Since its discovery in Scandinavia, xylitol has become increasingly popular as a way to prevent dental health problems. Unlike the UK, you’ll be hard pushed to find someone in Finland and its surrounding countries who doesn’t know that xylitol is so beneficial for teeth.
Xylitol is especially good to have after meal times because it neutralises damaging acid attacks and bacteria (by up to 90%) in the mouth which can lead to plaque. When Nordic dental associations began recommending regular xylitol use in the late 20th century, virtually all Finnish schools started offering free xylitol pastilles and sweets in dining halls after meals. This means children in Finland get into the habit of taking care of their teeth from a young age, and as a result, are more mindful of oral health. And we think it should be the same in the UK.
If you’re keen to introduce xylitol mints or pastilles into your family’s diet, just pop a couple in your mouth after meals to neutralise acid attacks and reduce bacteria. Aim for 5g of xylitol a day to really get the dental benefit and try to split this into several servings throughout the day.
We’ve found our Lemon and Strawberry flavours especially popular amongst little ones, and adults like our mints and gum. You can also buy granulated xylitol from most health food shops which you can use in tea, coffee and baking.
We’ve been on a mission to inspire a healthy teeth revolution for a few years now and believe it’s really important to instil healthy habits from a young age. If you want to find out even more about Peppersmith and xylitol, feel free to get in touch or visit our website.
Peppersmith are kindly offering 15% off their webshop - use code WILDPEPPER when you check out!