A safe and natural sweet-tasting extract from plants, approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in foods in 1963. Occurs in nature in fruits & vegetables such as plums, raspberries, strawberries and cauliflower. Parents who use Xylitol themselves regularly significantly reduce their chances of transmitting decay-causing bacteria (strep mutans) to their babies.
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a chronic infectious disease also known as childhood baby tooth decay, which causes cavities in the teeth. ECC is caused primarily by the bacteria called streptococcus (strep) mutans.
Study Results Published in the Journal of Dental Research July 2012
Abstract: The aim of the study was to investigate the efficacy of the use of
xylitol-containing tooth-wipes in preventing dental caries in young children.
In a double-blinded randomized controlled clinical trial, 44 mothers with active caries and their 6 to 35-month old children were randomized to xylitol-wipe or placebo-wipe groups. The children’s caries scores were recorded at baseline and 1 year. Salivary levels of Mutans streptococci and Lactobacilli were enumerated at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months.