Xylitol is a five carbon sugar found naturally amongst many fruits and vegetables as well as birch. It is a ‘tooth-friendly” natural sweetner found in many toothpastes, chewing gums, and candies.
It assists in the inhibition of certain strains of cavity-producing bacteria, and in effective doses can actually assist in remineralizing teeth, and keeping them from being attacked by plaque.
If your child is allowed treats, consider using treats sweetened with xylitol, such as Drjohns.com that can be found at your local health food stores. Additionally several toothpastes that are free of dyes or saccarines ustilize xylitol such as tanner’s tasty paste.