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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 place.

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 protect teeth.

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.

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