n Evidence Based Summaries in Dentistry - Xylitol vs. sorbitol against tooth caries




Sugar alcohols, are reported to be anticariogenic when used as alternatives to dietary sugars, especially sucrose. This effect has been ascribed to the difficulty that microorganisms have in fermenting sugar alcohols into acids. Sugar alcohols are therefore classified as hypo- or non-acidogenic. One well-known sugar alcohol is xylitol that occurs widely in nature and is regarded as having the same dietary sweet property as sucrose has.


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