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Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can help prevent cavities. It inhibits both the growth and the stickiness of the bacteria (plaque) that causes tooth decay. Xylitol is available in many kinds of sugarfree gum. It is best to use products listed as the first ingredient. The higher concentration of xylitol, the more effective the product is. Examples of gum we recommend include: Ice Breakers Ice Cubes, and Mentos Pure Fresh Pure Breath. If you prefer mints instead of gum, we recommend Tic Tac Chill mints. Both CVS and Target carry these products. Note: xylitol can be toxic to dogs.

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