Maternal consumption of xylitol for preventing dental decay in children

  1. To evaluate the effects of xylitol (consumed by mothers) at reducing tooth decay in their children compared with alternative treatments (e.g. chlorhexidine, fluoride varnish, placebo, or no treatment).
  2. To assess 1 above (caries reduction in populations) at different levels of baseline caries risk.
  3. To assess any reported changes in bacterial levels (of any species) in children/mothers.
  4. To describe participant satisfaction levels.

This is a protocol.