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Problem: Dental caries is a common form of tooth infection among adults and children. The disease is easily transmissible, and therefore a great focus should be put on prevention to ensure healthy and proper oral hygiene for the population. Xylitol use has been proposed as one of the most effective preventive interventions against dental caries.
Methods: The literature review engaged different electronic databases such as PubMed, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and Cochrane Library in evaluating the effectiveness of xylitol use in preventing dental caries in both children and adults. Articles used in the review were published between 2016 and 2021 to ensure the relevance of the research.
Significant findings: Many studies have revealed definitive evidence that xylitol is highly effective in preventing dental caries in both children and adults.
Conclusion: Conclusively, dental caries is a common form of tooth infection among adults and children. For this infection, prevention is essential, and one of the most effective strategies for prevention is the application and utilization of xylitol. A large number of studies have demonstrated that xylitol is highly effective in the prevention of dental caries among the population. However, further research should be conducted to develop proper guidelines on its application in preventative interventions.
dental caries, caries, xylitol, effectiveness, children, adults
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