CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1988 |
Chewing gum after meals may be the next best thing to brushing for preventing tooth decay--that is, if the gum contains the natural sweetener xylitol, according to a University of Michigan study. Xylitol has been shown to reduce cavities by 50%, said Kauko K. Makinen, a professor of dentistry and biochemistry at the school. Makinen based his findings on a study of 324 11- and 12-year-old children in Ylivieska, a rural community in northern Finland, conducted between 1982 and 1987.