Xylitol is a plant-derived sugar substitute that can be found in many “natural” children’s toothpastes. Some studies have also found this ingredient to help prevent decay, making it an attractive substitute for fluoride in toothpastes for very young children.
The safety of xylitol has been well-established and its presence in toothpaste, even those that may be swallowed, is certainly okay. It’s efficacy in cavity prevention, however, is far from firmly established.
If you are wondering what type of toothpaste is best for your child, please call Cedar Rapids dentist Dr. Blaine McLaughlin at 319-373-5082 to schedule an appointment today.
The type of toothpaste you and your children use can play a role in the health of your teeth and gums. So too can the type of toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash you use. Because one size most certainly does not fit all, it is important to discuss your concerns and address any questions you have about daily care to an experienced family dentist like Dr. McLaughlin. During your routine cleanings and examinations, Dr. McLaughlin will be happy to listen to your concerns and provide you suggestions based on your unique oral health needs.
For an appointment with Dr. McLaughlin, please contact Dental Touch Associates today. Our dentist serves Cedar Rapids, Marion, and surrounding Iowa communities.