What makes toothpaste sweet?

Many toothpaste are sweet because they contain an artificial sweetener such as sodium saccharin, a form of saccharin. Unlike sugar, saccharin doesn't promote tooth decay. Some toothpastes contain xylitol, a natural type of sweetener known as a sugar alcohol. Xylitol doesn't promote tooth decay and may actually offer some protection against cavities.

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