Dental effects of xylitol compared with other carbohydrates and polyols in the diet of laboratory rats.


Xylitol at 10 and 20 per cent disturbed gastro-intestinal function but was tolerated better than sorbitol or mannitol. Toleration improved when dietary polyol levels were increased gradually to a maximum of 20 per cent. Twenty per cent of xylitol in the diet replacing that amount of sucrose reduced the level of caries, but 20 per cent of wheat starch was… (More)