If you have ever needed emergency dental care, you know how a toothache or an abscess can hurt. In both of our Perth area offices, we build long-term relationships with our patients. We get to know you as a person and we like to get a full dental history. That helps us give you the best possible care.
In the process of discussing dental care with our patients, we notice that a lot of people have switched to an artificial sweetener called xylitol in the belief that it reduces their chances of developing tooth decay. The sweetener is also used in toothpaste. Xylitol is known to damage the teeth less than sugar does, but many have also suggested that it can help prevent tooth decay. Xylitol is purported to help prevent tooth decay by killing the bacteria that cause it.
Recently, a study at the University of Manchester in the UK suggests that there is no true evidence that Xylitol has any effect on tooth decay. The lead researcher in the study was Philip Riley, from the University of Manchester’s School of Dentistry. The study was intended to prove that xylitol could help prevent tooth decay, but Mr Riley announced that there was no statistical or factual basis to suggest that Xylitol can help prevent tooth decay.
Mr Riley and his fellow researchers culled data from ten different studies which involved 5,903 participants, including 4,216 school children from a study performed in Costa Rica. That study found what was termed “low-quality evidence” that toothpaste containing both fluoride and xylitol produced levels of decay that were 13% lower than toothpaste with fluoride but no xylitol.
However, Mr Riley feels that the results of the study may not be relevant to anyone outside of the Costa Rica study.
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The best way to prevent tooth decay is to start a high quality program of preventative dental care. One of the best ways to do that in Perth is to call(08) 9404 9500. We will be happy to start you on a lifetime of dental health.