Chlorhexidine and xylitol gum in caries prevention

Spec Care Dentist. Sep-Oct 2003;23(5):173-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2003.tb00307.x.


This paper presents the current best evidence on the respective and comparative outcomes of chlorhexidine and xylitol and extrapolates these data to individuals with special needs. It analyzes the probable mechanisms of action for both chlorhexidine and xylitol then reviews individual products and discusses the anticipated effectiveness of these products in individuals with special needs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local / therapeutic use*
  • Chewing Gum*
  • Chlorhexidine / therapeutic use*
  • Dental Care for Disabled
  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Mouthwashes / therapeutic use*
  • Sweetening Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Xylitol / therapeutic use*


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Local
  • Chewing Gum
  • Mouthwashes
  • Sweetening Agents
  • Chlorhexidine
  • Xylitol