Garmaine Staff asked 3 years ago

Does consuming xylitol-containing products help prevent dental caries?

From the systematic review {1}, the effect is quite inconclusive:

We found some low quality evidence to suggest that fluoride toothpaste containing xylitol may be more effective than fluoride-only toothpaste for preventing caries in the permanent teeth of children, and that there are no associated adverse-effects from such toothpastes. The effect estimate should be interpreted with caution due to high risk of bias and the fact that it results from two studies that were carried out by the same authors in the same population. The remaining evidence we found is of low to very low quality and is insufficient to determine whether any other xylitol-containing products can prevent caries in infants, older children, or adults.

Have more recent studies shared a clearer light on to what extent, if any, consuming xylitol-containing products help prevent dental caries? (or have any other positive effect on one's dental health)


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