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Xylitol in caries prevention: what is the evidence for clinical efficacy?

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Oral diseases
Publication Date
Volume
4
Issue
4
Pages
268–278
Identifiers
PMID: 10200706
Source
Medline
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Abstract

Xylitol has attracted much attention as an alternative sweetener. Essentially all clinical studies concerning the effect of xylitol on caries development consent to its non-cariogenicity and to the beneficial effect of substituting sucrose with xylitol in chewing gums and sweets. However, claims of anti-caries or therapeutic effects, and superiority of xylitol over other polyols are still to be confirmed by well designed and conducted studies from independent research groups.

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