- by Nils Osmar. September 25, 2023
- This post is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice.
- See full Medical Disclaimer
- Image by Mudassar Iqbal from Pixabay
Both DIM (3,3′-Diindolylmethane) and Xylitol can be used to rid the mouth (and the rest of the body) from destructive biofioms such as the one that causes tooth decay. Saliva is also great for dental health; our diminishing production of saliva is part of why tooth decay accelerates as we age. This water-free “mouthwash” increases our saliva while bathing our teeth in a mixture of DIM and xylitol.
- A recent study found that DIM is effective at protecting oral health (and also protective to some degree against cancer: see this article). Since its publication, many people in our community have begun taking DIM for dental health. those taking DIM for dental health.
Mix xylitol and DIM
- I’ve been conducting an N=1 experiment recently, i.e., mixing the contents of one capsule of DIM powder with one packet of xylitol… no water or other liquid necessary… mix the powders together in a small container (I use a shot glass) then pour as a powder into your mouth.
“Please Hold the Water”
- This actually works best if you don’t add any water or other liquid. Just pour the dry powders into your mouth. Then hold it in your mouth while “chewing it around” for a few minutes.
- Even without adding water or other liquid, after about a minute, your mouth will fill with a large amount of saliva (stimulated by the xylitol, which can even make the mouths very old folks with nonfunctioning salivary glands create saliva).
- After your mouth is full of the DIM/saliva/xyiltol solution, swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes, pulling it between your teeth (this part is very similar to “oil pulling”).
- People are sometimes surprised at the amount of saliva that is produced when we hold xylitol in the mouth; It’s as if you had poured a shot glass full of liquid into your mouth.
- After a few minutes, either spit it out or, if you like, swallow.
Why these ingredients?
- Separate studies have shown that xylitol disrupts the s. mutans biofilms (S. mutans is the bacteria most of us are infected with from early in life that causes tooth decay) (If we didn’t have the bacteria, our teeth would not decay)
- According to this study, DIM also has anti-aging effects.
Adding DIM powder to toothpaste
I brush my teeth with Dr. Bronner’s toothpaste; I just add it to my toothbrush then dip the toothbrush in some DIM powder after using the above “mouthwash”.
Is this a substitute for taking DIM as a supplement?
Probably not; it’s just an additional way of (possibly) protecting our teeth. For its other benefits, I’m also supplementing with DIM, currently taking the product sold by DoubleWood.
Not medical advice
This article is not intended as, and should not be taken as, medical advice. I’m not advising that people eat any particular diet or take any particular supplement(s), just reporting on what I’m doing. Supplements, like medications and other interventions, can have side effects; I would encourage people to research both possible benefits and side effects before starting on any supplementation regimen, and consult with a medical professional about any issues which might have a medical component. See full Medical Disclaimer
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