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The effect of xylitol on dental caries and oral flora

Authors Nayak PA, Nayak UA, Khandelwal V

Received 16 August 2014

Accepted for publication 26 September 2014

Published 10 November 2014 Volume 2014:6 Pages 89—94

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CCIDE.S55761

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Christopher Okunseri


Prathibha Anand Nayak,1 Ullal Anand Nayak,2 Vishal Khandelwal3

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Department of Periodontics, NIMS Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India; 2Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, NIMS Dental College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India; 3Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Index Dental College and Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Abstract: Dental caries, the most chronic disease affecting mankind, has been in the limelight with regard to its prevention and treatment. Professional clinical management of caries has been very successful in cases of different severities of disease manifestations. However, tertiary management of this disease has been gaining attention, with numerous methods and agents emerging on a daily basis. Higher intake of nutritive sweeteners can result in higher energy intake and lower diet quality and thereby predispose an individual to conditions like obesity, cardiovascular disorders, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Non-nutritive sweeteners have gained popularity as they are sweeter and are required in substantially lesser quantities. Xylitol, a five-carbon sugar polyol, has been found to be promising in reducing dental caries disease and also reversing the process of early caries. This paper throws light on the role and effects of various forms of xylitol on dental caries and oral hygiene status of an individual.

Keywords: xylitol, caries preventive effect, oral flora
 

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