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Keeping Kids Cavity-Free Before They're Ever Born: CariFree Believes Xylitol Could be This Generation's Answer
Date:1/18/2009

One Oregon company, Oral BioTech, is embracing this new research on xylitol with a xylitol-rich line of products for both adults and children. Part of the motivation for these products has been the relative lack of effectiveness of our previous generations' use of available homecare products.

Albany, OR (PRWEB) January 18, 2009 -- Exciting new research shows that the management of the dental caries infection that causes cavities in expecting mothers results in a significant decrease in the risk of decay for their children. It has long been known that the primary root of transmission for the communicable dental caries infection is one of a vertical nature. This means the infection is transferred down from generations, most commonly from the mother or primary caregiver, to the child. In fact, one of the primary bacteria known to initiate the dental caries infection, Mutans Streptococci, has been identified in an infant's mouth as young as 3 months old. For most children, this is before their first tooth has ever erupted. Given their mouths already house these decay-causing, highly acidic bacteria when that first vulnerable little tooth erupts, one can understand why this disease continues to wreak havoc in our pediatric populations.

However, emerging research on a promising sugar-substitute, xylitol, could hold some of the answers. While the term "sugar substitute" has been used, over-used, and even controversialized, xylitol is in a league of its own. This sugar substitute is not only natural, found in such sources as birch trees, fruits and vegetables, but is even produced in the human body during normal metabolism. This sugar, while regularly consumed by the bacteria in plaque, is not fermented and therefore will not result in the production of the acid which normally occurs after meals or snacks. It is this usual acid production from bacteria that causes enamel
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