Infants, Toddlers & Young Kids (0-4)
3 Things to know:
1. Baby teeth are important:
Baby teeth can decay and get cavities. It’s important to
avoid cavities if you want your child to have healthy adult
teeth. Baby teeth hold a space for adult teeth and their roots
make the pathway for adult teeth to erupt in their correct
2. Xylitol can protect baby teeth:
Healthy bacteria protect baby teeth, and these healthy
bacteria transfer to adult teeth and can protect them for years.
Wipe baby’s gums regularly with xylitol, starting even before
teeth erupt into the mouth. Xylitol helps make mouth bacteria
healthy, to eliminate plaque and encourage healthy bacteria to
3. Cavities are caused by bacteria and they are transferrable:
If adults in a family have bad teeth, they can transfer
cavity-bacteria to the next generation. Adults can use xylitol
and change the health of teeth in the family! Babies born by
Caesarian section are at risk of cavities because they are often
missing healthy bacteria. Moms can use xylitol and share healthy
bacteria from their own mouths!
|“As a mother of five, I wanted to give my children the gift of healthy
teeth that would last a lifetime. Now you can protect your children’s
teeth and let them enjoy optimum oral health and no cavities!”
Dr. Ellie Tips
- Don't use fluoridated (tap) water to
mix formula milk – it can damage to your baby’s brain and
adult teeth. Fluoride toothpaste is not necessary unless
your child has a cavity.
- Use xylitol crystals dissolved in
water on the toothbrush or sponge in place of toothpaste.
Avoid toothpaste with glycerin.
- Teeth are not damaged by whole cow’s
milk in a baby bottle, and it can be diluted with water.
Teeth are not safe with skim milk (because it contains more
sugars). Teeth are easily damaged by juice, soda, and
flavored waters, even when they are diluted.
- If a toddler or child has cavities,
it means the baby’s mouth is infected with harmful
cavity-forming bacteria, and these can infect new adult
teeth as they erupt. Start your baby on a xylitol routine.
If the cavities are in new front teeth, wipe these 5 times a
day with a solution of xylitol made by dissolving xylitol
crystals in water.
- Keep juice to one drink a day – and
avoid juice between meals. The acidity of apple or citrus
juices damage teeth and promote cavity bacteria. Consider a
baby bottle with water or cows milk, sweetened with half a
teaspoon of xylitol.
For babies, toothpaste and should be avoided
because many children’s toothpastes contain sugar, sorbitol or
acidic components. Instead use a soft toothbrush dipped in a
solution made from a 4-gram packet of granular xylitol dissolved
in warm water. Be sure baby has her own toothbrush, and
disinfect it regularly. In addition to brushing, xylitol wipes
and teething gels can be applied to baby teeth to rid them of
bacteria and strengthen them.
Toddlers love to learn at this stage so this
is a great time to establish a dental care routine. Encourage
your toddler to brush his teeth on a regular basis, especially
before bedtime. If you use toothpaste, use only a pea-sized
amount, since ingesting paste is not recommended.