Zylicious is a line of gums containing 1 gram of xylitol in each piece to assist with oral health. It can be chewed after each meal for a fresh breath and comes in natural peppermint, spearmint and cinnamon flavors. Xylitol is approved in most modern countries for use in oral hygiene products. Unlike typical sugars, such as sucrose, glucose and fructose, and other polyols, such as sorbitol, xylitol is not metabolized by oral bacteria and therefore is believed to not increase the mouth’s acid content. Unlike sugar, xylitol does not promote tooth decay and has been used to support oral health. In 1992, a national campaign was launched in Finland to promote oral health by encouraging schoolchildren to chew xylitol-sweetened gum.
Zylicious comes in handy little pocket or purse sizes containing 15 pieces, as well as larger tins containing 60 pieces.
Zylicious was launched by Nutraceutical in 2008 after seeing studies on how beneficial to oral health xylitol was at the 1 gram dose, when chewed for several minutes. Not only that, but xylitol is reported to help stabilize calcium and phosphate ions in the mouth and the intestines. In the mouth, it is believed to contribute to remineralization of the tooth enamel. In the intestines, it is suggested that it helps facilitate the absorption of calcium, which may also help bone mineralization. The peppermint flavor was an immediate success, followed by cinnamon and spearmint.