Bringing Xylitol Benefits through Delicious Candies
Our Mission: Dr. John's Candies® develops unique, great-tasting health-based sugar free products that deliver valuable preventative health benefits for all people.
Dr. John’s – Turning Xylitol Research into Tasty Treats!
John's Candies was founded by Dr. John Bruinsma, a dentist, and his
wife Debra, a dental hygienist. Introduced at the American Dental
Association Annual Meeting in 1995, Dr. John's Candies soon became the
best selling sugar free candy brand offered to dentists in the US.
2002, Dr. John's sugar free lollipop was once again chosen as a universally friendly and healthy vehicle to deliver additional beneficial ingredients to people of all ages. On this occasion, a
specific herb from the licorice root, discovered by UCLA scientist and
professor Dr. Wenyuan Shi, PhD, which scientifically demonstrated to
effectively disable the primary bacteria that cause tooth decay was the additional ingredient. Thus,
Dr. John’s Cavity-Fighting Herbal Lollipop was born. In March 2008, the Herbal Lollipop was featured on ABC's Good Morning America.
Dr. John's natural and healthier sugar free lollipops continue to be the vehicle of choice for innovative companies to deliver beneficial ingredients.
Intent on providing consumers with healthier treats, in 2010, Dr. John's Candies introduced their breakthrough Simply Xylitol® line of dental preventative sweet treats, which incorporated a beneficial serving of the natural sweetener xylitol. The significant quantity of xylitol in each serving is designed to reduce the risk of dental decay while also eliminating the use of artificial sweeteners. A win-win for dentists and customers alike!
Dr. John Bruinsma is a practicing dentist in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His wife Debra is a registered Dental Hygienist. Dr. John graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School in 1983.
Dr. John’s – Making News with Xylitol Oral Health
Incorporating Xylitol Into Your Practice
Dentaltown Magazine – Dr. John Bruinsma discusses how easy it is to promote and deliver Xylitol and its oral health benefits to your patients.
Second opinions are common in health care; whether a doctor is sorting out a difficult case or a patient is not sure what to do next. In the context of our magazine, the first opinion will always belong to the reader. This feature will allow fellow dental professionals to share their opinions on various topics, providing you with a "Second Opinion." Perhaps some of these observations will change your mind; while others will solidify your position. In the end, our goal is to create discussion and debate to enrich our profession. — Thomas Giacobbi, DDS, FAGD, Editorial Director, Dentaltown Magazine
Dr. John’s Candies® introduces revolutionary sugar free products at ADA Annual Session
(October 9, 2010) - Dr. John's® Candies, a Grand Rapids, Mich. based
distributor of healthy, sugar free products; today formally launched a
new line of innovative products, Simply Xylitol®,
that will change how dentists and their patients approach dental care.
The new product was introduced on opening day of the American Dental
Association's 2010 Annual Session.
And the new approach? Dr. John's says have more sweet treats!
most dentists tell their patients that sweets harm their teeth, Dr.
John Bruinsma is encouraging his patients to enjoy several of his new
Simply Xylitol sweets a day. That’s because Dr. John’s Simply Xylitol
products are specially prepared with xylitol, the internationally
renowned natural sweetener that helps to break down and remove harmful
oral bacteria and prevent cavities.
believe dental professionals will embrace this line of products because
these treats truly promote good oral health and they taste great,” says
Dr. Bruinsma. “Furthermore, we believe our products present a realistic
and cost-effective approach for prevention of dental caries in at-risk
Bruinsma, and his wife Debra, a dental hygienist, developed the new
line of xylitol-based products after years of research and development
to perfect methods of using xylitol in candies, beverages and more that
would be embraced by both dentists and their patients. The couple also
made national headlines in 2008, when they launched their line of Cavity
Fighting Herbal Lollipops.
a dentist, I know full well the challenges of patient compliance," Dr.
Bruinsma said. "With our Simply Xylitol Plan, a clear guide to maximize
the oral health benefits of xylitol, patient compliance becomes easier
and dentists can be more confident that their patients have a realistic
approach to better oral health."
the dental community has already embraced xylitol-based products such
as gum and mints, Dr. John's Simply Xylitol line of treats offers a full
line of products that are found in most patients daily routines.
wanted to give our colleagues more exciting choices to recommend to
their patients like kid-friendly lollipops, flavored drink mixes, creamy
chocolates, chewy caramels, and more,” Dr. Bruinsma said.
John’s SimplyXylitol products can also be recommended to expectant and
new mothers who want to decrease their child’s risk of tooth decay. And,
most of Dr. John’s Simply Xylitol treats are made with natural
ingredients, gluten-free, and safe for diabetics (on the advice of their
is a safe and delicious, naturally-occurring sugar substitute that can
help prevent cavities and plaque build-up. It is made from fruits,
vegetables, and birch trees. Xylitol can be used by everyone—infants,
children, adults, and the elderly. Numerous clinical studies have shown
that xylitol effectively reduces dental caries by up to 80 percent,
fights plaque, helps fluoride penetrate teeth, assists in the
remineralization of damaged tooth enamel and lessens the severity and
occurrence of inner ear infections (especially in children).
About Dr. John’s Candies:
1995, dental staff, dental suppliers, and dental professional
organizations have recognized Dr. John's as a resource for
scientifically innovative sugar free candy alternatives to recommend to
their patients, including the Dr. John's Cavity Fighting Herbal Lollipop
which was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America.
RDH Magazine - The Hygienist Behind Dr. John’s Xylitol Candy by Mark Hartley – Editor, RDH magazine
John” is Dr. John Bruinsma, a dentist in Grand Rapids, MI. His wife,
Debra, is a former dental hygienist. The word “former” is a little
misleading since she left the couple’s dental practice to ensure that
the flow of candy doesn’t stop, becoming the manager of the business.
Since 1995, Dr. John’s Candies has been recognized for its sugar-free
candies by a variety of organizations and news media, including a March
2008 feature on Good Morning America.
using xylitol as an ingredient will likely endear the Michigan company
even more to the dental profession. Dr. John’s Candies offer a variety
of candies containing xylitol. Many of the choices are lollipops, but
there are peppermints, caramels, taffy, creamsicles, and nougat swirls.
most frequently asked question we received over the last 15 years of
running a sugar-free candy company was, ‘Does your candy contain
xylitol?’” Dr. Bruinsma said.
up the xylitol candy selections to something other than mints and gums
would give our dental colleagues a broader taste appeal for everyone,
especially children who generally prefer fruit flavors over
mint-flavored candies, and whose parents and teachers prefer
child-friendly lollipops over gum. We saw that as better patient
our formula is to be recommended by dental health professionals, we
wanted the serving size and amount of servings per day to be what a
normal person could incorporate into their everyday life and be
effective,” Debra said.
Herbal Lollipop In the News
Study Results of Herbal Lollipops Published CONCLUSION: A potential for simple effective caries-prevention for high-risk children has been demonstrated.