Dear Dr. Ellie,
I am a parent of special need daughter, and she has a lot of gum overgrowth, due to particular seizure medication she received when she was younger. It is very difficult to do a really good dental brushing of her teeth. Could you tell me where I could purchase xylitol spray. Thank you for your time.
I am a Pediatric and a Special Needs dentist, so I understand many of the problems that pertain to your daughter’s situation.
I would like to suggest that xylitol can be an enormous help to improve the oral health of anyone, but especially anyone who breathes through their mouth or who is unable to clean teeth thoroughly with traditional methods.
Xylitol will rid the mouth of harmful and aggressive bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. It will also help to strengthen tooth enamel.
Xylitol has many great health benefits and 15 grams of xylitol is produced naturally in our human bodies every day!
Nature has provided a wonderful antibacterial agent for oral health but one that is healthful, safe and even tastes delicious!
I would suggest using granular xylitol in foods and drinks to provide at least 6.5 grams a day ( baked into cookies, ice cream, banana bread or sprinkled on cereal for example). This will ensure your daughter has the necessary amount of xylitol each day to eliminate the disease bacteria.
For cleaning teeth: A product produced called “Spry gel” can be wiped onto teeth I am not certain how it tastes.
I can also send you samples of a Spiffy tooth wipe that is popular and has been suggested for cleaning the teeth of infants and the elderly or for those unable to clean teeth with a toothbrush. Spiffies come in some good-sounding flavors of grape or apple. I know the Pediatrician who started this company and I am always happy to endorse the product and send you samples to try.
You can dissolve a packet of xylitol in water and use it to wipe or brush onto teeth. Xylitol works no matter how you eat, apply or use it.
Thanks for your interest and I would be delighted help your daughter overcome her dental issues.
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods,
Rochester, NY 14623