Anti-Cariogenic Effect of Five-Carbon Sugar: Xylitol
Ahmed Mohammed El-Marakby, Fuad Abdo Al-Sabri, Shukry Gamal Mohamed and Labib Mohamed Labib
Correspondence Address :
Ahmed Mohammed El-Marakby
Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dental Sciences
Al-Farabi colleges, Riyadh
Received on: May 20, 2017, Accepted on: May 30, 2017, Published on: June 06, 2017
Citation: Ahmed Mohammed El-Marakby, Fuad Abdo Al-Sabri, Shukry Gamal Mohamed and Labib Mohamed Labib (2017). Anti-Cariogenic Effect of Five-Carbon Sugar: Xylitol
Copyright: 2017 Ahmed Mohammed El-Marakby, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License,
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Dental caries, the most chronic disease affecting mankind, has been in the limelight with regard to its prevention and treatment. Professional clinical management of caries has been very successful in cases of different severities of disease manifestations. However, tertiary management of this disease has been gaining attention, with numerous methods and agents emerging on a daily basis. Non-nutritive sweeteners have gained popularity as they are sweeter and are required in substantially lesser quantities. Xylitol, a nutritive sweetener, is five-carbon sugar polyol, has been found to be promising in reducing dental caries disease and also reversing the process of early caries. This paper throws light on the role and effects of various forms of xylitol on dental caries and oral hygiene status of an individual.
Keywords: Xylitol, Dental caries, Oral flora, Five-carbon sugar