Tobin Dental News

Sugar Substitute as Cavity Fighter

added on: April 23, 2014 | By: Dr. Nancy Tobin

Approved for use in food in the United States since 1963, the sugar substitute xylitol has already been proven to have decay-fighting ability as an ingredient in chewing gum among school-age children with permanent teeth. More recently, researchers have found that much younger children, who received eight grams of xylitol daily in syrup form, also experienced a significant cavity-fighting benefit. In fact, the baby teeth of children between the ages of 9 and 15 months who received the daily dose of xylitol experienced up to a 70 percent reduction in tooth decay. However, researchers were quick to point out that this in not to be construed as a silver-bullet approach, as fighting tooth decay should be a multi-pronged effort.

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