xylitolXylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener found primarily in trees. This substance reduces the level of germs in the mouth that cause decay. When incorporated in chewing gum, mints and candy, xylitol can decrease a child’s risk for developing decay in the future.

Xylitol-containing items can be found at the store or online.

For more on Xylitol, read this helpful information from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.