Grand Rapids Xylitol Candy Making Dentist Offers Health Care Tips for February's National Children's Dental Health Month

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The American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February to remind families about the importance of good oral health. To coincide with the National Children’s Dental Health month, Dr. John’s Candies is also offering helpful advice on proactive dental care for kids.

Dr. John's Simply Xylitol Tooth Shaped Lollipops

Dr. John's Tooth-Shaped Xylitol Lollipops

We are proud that our Dr. John’s Candies products are an option kids now have to get a sweet treat without harming their good dental health.

Dr. John’s Candies was founded by a Grand Rapids, MI dentist John Bruinsma and his wife, dental hygienist Debra. Their candy line came about after the dental professionals failed to find a quality candy product that didn’t promote cavities. They created Dr. John’s Candies which are sugar-free treats containing the beneficial Xylitol, a sugar-glucose from birch trees that promotes the production of saliva to reduce cavity-causing bacteria.

Dr. Bruinsma is a practicing dentist in addition to being a well-renowned candy maker. “We started making our Dr. John’s Candies because there was nothing out there we could recommend to our dental practice patients. Most everyone desires some sweet treats in their day and we made it possible for our patients and customers to now have a healthy alternative that actually can help promote good oral health. This is especially important for kids who should learn early about proper dental care but still have the option to enjoy a great-tasting lollipop,” states Dr. Bruinsma.

The Bruinsmas’ research on xylitol indicated that when taken in gram-specific doses, the natural sweetener can keep cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth from decaying teeth. In addition to opting for the natural candies, kids also need to be taught how to take care of their teeth daily to encourage a lifetime of healthy habits.

Debra Bruinsma adds, “Parents should work with kids every day to show them how to properly take care of their teeth. We recommend the practices approved by the American Dental Association to brush for two minutes twice a day. We are proud that our Dr. John’s Candies products are an option kids now have to get a sweet treat without harming their good dental health. In addition to learning about how to care for their mouths, kids also get to learn how to make better choices when it comes to what they eat. As a bonus, our candies taste so good that adults will also be prone to substituting our naturally-flavored, naturally-sweetened candies into their diet.”

Dr. John’s Candies are also a great option for consumers with dietary restrictions. “Diabetics can enjoy the candies without concern for raising glucose levels under their doctor’s supervision. Those who are looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free, or kosher treat can find many options in our product line,” offers Dr. Bruinsma.

Dr. John’s Candies is available globally to consumers and health professionals through the company’s website and through several dental distributors.

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