Find the Best Plan in Your Area
Find The Right Dentist For You
Some dentists and public health officials speculate that xylitol, a naturally-occurring sugar, may become a regular component of dental care for children in the future.
"What I think will happen first is that when you come in to the dentist and get fluoride put on your teeth, you may come in and get xylitol on your teeth as well," pediatric dentist Tara Schafer, interim chair of the department of pediatric dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It may end up being something that dentists prescribe ... like a xylitol rinse."
According to a study appearing in this month's issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, xylitol syrup fights the bacteria in the mouth which cause cavities and tooth decay and may even be more effective than fluoride for dental health.
The lead author, Dr Peter Milgrom, a professor of dental public health sciences at the University of Washington, said that xylitol resulted in twice the reduction in tooth decay as fluoride treatments in the study and may be a cost-effective way to provide dental care to children in high-risk populations.
© 2009 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.