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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/8602

Title: Utilization of xylitol as a preventive substance in dentistry
Authors: José Roberto de Magalhães Bastos Lucilene Sanches Cirilo da Cunha Ricardo Henrique Alves da Silva Fabíola Elias Hilton José Gurgel Rodrigues
Keywords: dental caries, prevention, xylitol
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2005
Publisher: Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP
Citation: Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences (ISSN: 1677-3225) Vol 4 Num 15
Abstract: Dental caries is an infectious-contagious disease of multifactorial origin, which requires interference in one or more of its etiologic factors for prevention. Within this context, the utilization of xylitol is highlighted, which was initially studied as a sugar substitute because of its similarity as regards the sweetening power and later was also employed in other forms for caries prevention and control. The purpose of this study is to describe, by means of a review of the specialized literature, how xylitol can be used as an anticariogenic agent, demonstrating its properties and possible mechanisms of action in the prevention and control of dental caries. Analysis of many studies on xylitol revealed that it is available in many forms: chewing gums or tablets, mouthrinses, or even associated to toothpastes. Its anticariogenic properties are related to the reduction in plaque adhesion, remineralization of incipient carious lesions, and specific reduction of S. mutans.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/8602
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=os05035
Rights: Copyright 2005 - Piracicaba Dental School - UNICAMP São Paulo - Brazil
Appears in Collections:Bioline International Legacy Collection

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