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Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that has been shown to interfere with the oral colonization of decay-causing bacteria.  Incorporation of xylitol into chewing gum, candy, toothpaste, and infant oral wipes has shown promise as a caries (cavity) reducing agent.  Studies have shown Zylitol wipes to be safe and well accepted by most infants and parents.  Conscientious use of xylitol wipes with infants shows promise as an effective caries (cavity) preventive practice.