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Dr. John’s Candies features Xylitol candy as a safe ‘sweet treat’ for kids

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Dr. John’s Candies was founded by Grand Rapids, Mich., dentist John Bruinsma and his wife, Debra, a dental hygienist.

Dr. John’s Candies was founded by Grand Rapids, Mich., dentist John Bruinsma and his wife, Debra, a dental hygienist.

Their candy line came about after the dental professionals say they failed to find a quality candy product that didn’t promote cavities. So they created Dr. John’s Candies which are sugar-free treats containing Xylitol, a sugar-glucose from birch trees that promotes the production of saliva to reduce cavity-causing bacteria.

“We started making 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,” says Dr. Bruinsma.

“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.”

According to the Bruinsmas, when taken in gram-specific doses, Xylitol can keep cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth from decaying teeth. In addition to opting for the natural candies, kids are also taught to take care of their teeth.

“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,” Bruinsma says.

“We are proud that 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.”


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