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Is xylitol-sweetened or sugar-free gum OK for children's teeth?

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If your child chews gum, encourage him or her to choose xylitol-sweetened or sugar-free gum. Xylitol has been shown to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth and the chewing action helps increase the flow of saliva.

From: Nutrition and Healthy Teeth WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Mouth-Healthy Eating."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Diet and Snacking."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Nutrition - Children."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine: "Mouth-Healthy Eating."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Diet and Snacking."

Academy of General Dentistry: "Nutrition - Children."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on July 03, 2018

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