18 Jul 2009

Sugar may prevent tooth decay in children

Sugar may prevent tooth decay in children
Last Update: 7/14 6:16 am
Researchers are developing a new strategy aimed at preventing tooth decay among children.
*It has been reported that as many as 28% of U.S. children between two- and five-years-old are affected by tooth decay.
A new study conducted by the University of Washington in Seattle, found that tooth decay could be significantly reduced after treating children with xylitol, a sugar substitute commonly found in chewing gum and hard candy.
The number of decay-causing bacteria is reduced by xylitol as it affects the bacteria's ability to produce lactic acid, which damages teeth.
''This study gives us a lot of optimism about an agent that's relatively inexpensive, easy to apply, and safe to prevent tooth decay,'' said Dr. Paul Casamassimo, chief of dentistry at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio.

*This is despite the USA being mainly fluoridated for years.

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