Medindia
Advertisement

Dental Benefits From Natural Sweetener Xylitol Still Unproven

by Vishnuprasad on March 26, 2015 at 12:37 PM
Font : A-A+

Dental Benefits From Natural Sweetener Xylitol Still Unproven

A new research from the University of Manchester claims that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults.

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is widely promoted globally, and can be found in wide range of everyday products including sugar-free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges and sweets.

Advertisement

Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute in sweets and it is already known to cause less damage to teeth than sugar. It has also been suggested that the addition of xylitol to products may help to prevent tooth decay by stopping the growth of decay-producing bacteria. However, according to new evidence published in the Cochrane Library there is little high quality evidence that it is beneficial in the fight against tooth decay, which affects up to 90% of children and most adults worldwide.

The authors gathered together data from 5,903 participants in ten different studies. In most cases, the studies used such different methods that the researchers could not combine the results to create a summary effect estimate. Based on information from 4,216 school children who took part in two Costa Rican studies, they found low quality evidence that levels of tooth decay were 13% lower in those who used a fluoride toothpaste containing xylitol for three years, compared to those who used a fluoride-only toothpaste. For other xylitol-containing products, such as xylitol syrup, lozenges and tablets, there was little or no evidence of any benefit.
Advertisement

Lead researcher, Philip Riley of the School of Dentistry at the University of Manchester, said, "This Cochrane review was produced to assess whether or not xylitol could help prevent tooth decay in children and adults. The evidence we identified did not allow us to make any robust conclusions about the effects of xylitol, and we were unable to prove any benefit in the natural sweetener for preventing tooth decay. The limited research on xylitol-containing toothpastes in children may only be relevant to the population studied."

He added, "For other products containing xylitol we were unable to determine whether they were beneficial. We were particularly surprised to see such a lack of evidence on xylitol-containing chewing gums."

Several of the studies included in the Cochrane review did not report sufficient information on the side effects of xylitol, which can include bloating, diarrhoea and laxative effects. Philip Riley remarked, "We expected all studies to report adverse effects as an outcome. Sugar-free gums, sweets, mints and other products are well-known for their gastrointestinal effects and these should be clearly reported in future studies."



Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
Gonorrhea
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Tooth Decay Tooth Discoloration Teeth Chart Dental Check-Up Colas are Bad For Health in the Long Run Root Canal Treatment Toothache Quiz on Dental Care Artificial Sweeteners Dental Care during Pregnancy 

Recommended Reading
Researchers Are Developing A Natural Sweetener That's Calorie and Carbohydrates Free
Researchers are conducting a heightened search for a viable alternative to sugar....
Natural Sweetener may Help Tackle Rising Rates of Obesity
A natural sweetener is touted as the most powerful weapon yet in tackling rising obesity rates ......
Natural Sweetener Found in Chewing Gum Could Help Combat Ear Infections
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto found that the natural ......
Sugar Substitutes are Not All That Sweet
Participants in a recent study indicated that the non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter ......
Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial Sweetener is a sugar substitute with fewer or no calories. High-intensity sweeteners are ...
Colas are Bad For Health in the Long Run
Intake of regular soft drinks adds calories but diet colas don’t. However, expert opinion says that ...
Dental Care during Pregnancy
Dental care is not only safe but also essential during pregnancy. Hence, it is important for you to ...
Dental Check-Up
It is commonly recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year to clean your teeth and gums and ...
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic therapy is a procedure done to remove the infected pulp and save ...
Tooth Decay
Tooth decay in toddlers, children and adults, also called dental caries, is a bacterial infection ca...
Tooth Discoloration
Tooth discoloration or staining is caused commonly due to smoking, some medicines and poor dental .....
Toothache
Toothache or pain in the tooth is one of the most dreaded and bothersome symptom and those who have ...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use