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Of course, the professor cautions that xylitol gums are not a replacement for oral hygiene.
Children should still be taught to brush their teeth, to avoid eating so much sugary foods, and to floss.
They should also regularly visit their dentists.
Professor Makinen also advises mothers to check the label before buying gums with xylitol because some do not have enough xylitol in them.
At least 50 percent xylitol content is acceptable.
In the list of ingredients, xylitol should be mentioned first, which means that it is a major ingredient of that product.
Lotte xylitol is one such product.
It is actually the only dental health gum in the country that currently bears the Seal of Recognition from the Philippine Dental Association.
How Xylitol is Made
References 1.Mäkinen KK.Biochemical principles of the use of xylitol in medicine and nutrition with special consideration of dental aspects.Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, 1978.2. Aminoff C. New carbohydrate sweeteners.In "Sugars in Nutrition" (Sipple HL, McNutt KW, eds), Chapter 10, Academic Press, New York 1974.3. Mäkinen KK.Latest dental studies on xylitol and mechanism of action of xylitol in caries limitation.In "Progress in Sweeteners" (Grenby TH, ed.), Chapter 13, Elsevier, London 1989.
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