Children who consume a syrup with the naturally occurring sweetener xylitol develop fewer cavities than children who don’t consume xylitol. A recent study at the U. of Washington School of Dentistry concluded that exposure to 8 grams of xylitol per day in a twice-daily topical oral syrup prevents up to 70% of decayed primary teeth. The study was conducted in the Republic of the Marshall Islands where childhood decay is a serious public health concern. More research is needed, but it appears that xylitol is a cost-effective preventive measure for populations with high rates of tooth decay.
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