The effect of chewing xylitol gum on the plaque and saliva levels of Streptococcus mutans.

@article{Loesche1984TheEO,
  title={The effect of chewing xylitol gum on the plaque and saliva levels of Streptococcus mutans.},
  author={Walter J. Loesche and Natalie S Grossman and R E Earnest and R E Corpron},
  journal={Journal of the American Dental Association},
  year={1984},
  volume={108 4},
  pages={587-92}
}
Eating foods containing sucrose between meals can be highly cariogenic. The use of sucrose substitutes that provide the hedonistic appeal of sucrose, yet are not fermented by the plaque flora to the low pHs that are associated with caries, is a reasonable approach to caries control. Xylitol, a sweet-tasting pentitol, has been reported to cause about an 80% reduction in caries increment when chewed in a gum. The present investigation was designed to determine whether the chewing of xylitol gums… CONTINUE READING