Q. What are your thoughts about xylitol lollipops/gum for cavity prevention?
A. Xylitol is a sugar found naturally in various plants, fruits, and vegetables. It reduces the levels of Mutans Streptococci (bacteria that causes cavities) by disrupting its energy production process and eventually its death. Many studies have shown effectiveness in reducing cavities in children by xylitol consumption. A total daily dosage of 3-8 grams of xylitol is required to get the benefits. Xylitol is available in chewing gums, syrups, lollipops, and lozenges. Chewing gums and lozenges are not recommended for children under the age of 4, due to the risk of choking. Side effects of xylitol can include gas and diarrhea, which normally occurs at very high dosages.
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Niloofar Hubrich is a 1996 graduate of University of Mississippi and a 1997 post graduate of University of Tennessee in General Dentistry who has limited her practice to Pediatrics. She and her husband Raymond both practice at Hubrich Dental. Niloofar loves reading, cooking with her husband, traveling, and Mickey Mouse.