Army's "look for xylitol first" program

Dent Assist. Mar-Apr 2004;73(2):38-40.


Xylitol is a sugar substitute not well known in the United States. This sugar substitute is not only low in calories but can also help prevent dental caries. The U.S. Army Dental Command's Health Promotion Program is constantly seeking additional prevention measures to enhance the oral health of America's Army. The Dental Command has created the "Look for Xylitol First" initiative aimed at training all members of the dental care team on the positive benefits of xylitol and to teach patients how to be smart consumers and evaluate products for their xylitol content.

MeSH terms

  • Dental Caries / prevention & control*
  • Health Education, Dental*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Military Dentistry
  • Military Personnel*
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Sweetening Agents / therapeutic use*
  • United States
  • Xylitol / therapeutic use*


  • Sweetening Agents
  • Xylitol