The American Dental Association selected an expert panel, and in conjunction with the Council on Scientific Affairs, issued a report recently that reviewed xylitol and polyol combinations. You might recognize xylitol and polyol compounds in the news recently, as they are addd to sugar-free chewing gum, lozenges and hard candies in order to help prevent cavities. You read that correctly. Additives to your favorite candies and chewing gum can actually help prevent cavities. When I was a kid, the only gum and candy you could find was certain to “rot your teeth,” as I recall my mother stating clearly, when I asked for these items at the grocery store. Today, the American Dental Associatioin noted in its report that these non-fluoride options “could provide an extra benefit to prevent cavities in patients at high risk for developing cavities when used in addition to products such as toothpaste, dental sealants and varnishes that contain fluoride” in addition to healthy eating habits and fluoridated drinking water.
The entire report is available for your review. Simply search on the American Dental Associations website for “Evidence-Based Dentistry”, or click here : http://ebd.ada.org