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Courtney Vannah



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Dental caries is a common illness in adults and is caused by the demineralization and decay of tooth structure. There are different factors that can contribute to dental caries, such as poor oral hygiene, an abundance of cariogenic bacteria, frequent consumption of sugary or acidic foods and drinks, and a maintenance of low pH in the oral cavity. While the best prevention of dental caries is brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily, there are other options for patients that may be helpful, such as products containing a sugar alcohol called Xylitol. With this being said, the purpose of this research is to answer the following research question: What effect does xylitol have on reducing dental caries?

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Dental Hygiene


This poster was chosen as a finalist at the 2018 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, MA.

How Sweet It Is, To Be Xylitol



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