This 10-Year-Old Invented Zollipops, a Candy That Is Actually Good For Your Teeth

posted: 03/29/16
by: Amanda Mushro
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Are you starting to sound like your mother when you tell your kids "Candy will rot your teeth!" every time they ask you for yet another sweet? Well, you and your mother are right. Cavities and tooth decay are real issues that affect 21% of children ages 6 to 11. Cutting down on sugar, which cavity-causing bacteria needs to survive, is the number one way to keep teeth healthy.

Thankfully, it looks like a savvy 'kidpreneur' came up with a lollipop that will make both kids and parents happy. In fact, two of her biggest fans are the President and the First Lady.

Ten-year-old inventor Alina Morse came up with the idea to create a candy that's actually good for you when she was only seven! She started doing some research and taste-testing with her dad, and together they created Zollipops.

Zollipops use a natural sweetener called xylitol that helps prevent tooth decay and cavities by returning high levels of PH in your mouth to normal levels after a meal. So when you eat regular candy and treats, the PH levels in your mouth increase, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Alina is very clear that her Zollipops are an after-meal treat, and kids and adults should enjoy them in moderation (that means just no more than three a day!).

Last year, Alina was invited to the White House Easter Egg Roll by First Lady Michelle Obama, and this year Zollipops were the only candy at the event which hosted around 35,000 people.

Alina isn't just a shrewd young business woman; she also started the 100,000 Smiles campaign, which helps teach kids about preventing cavities and tooth decay. As part of the campaign, she donated 100,000 Zollipops to schools around the country and plans to donate 10 percent of her profits to oral health education.

It's also important to note that Zollipops, or any other product that contains xylitol, should never be given to pets. This particular sweetener can make your animals very sick. That just means more for you, right?