Dear Dr. Ellie,
I have a question for you that I hope you can give me some advice and encouragement on.
My 2 year old fell about 3 weeks ago and chipped three of her front teeth; the two front teeth and one to the side. She had already fallen and chipped one of her front teeth so now that particular tooth has a bigger chip missing. About a week later that tooth turned brown. We went to the doctor and he said if she gets an abscess he will have to remove the tooth. Also that there is nothing he can do about her tooth–she will have that little brown tooth until she looses it around age 5. So I am so upset. Which led me to your website. Oh by they way, he also said she had two cavities, not bad ones, and he would need to give her laughing gas to repair them. Oh my God! I am not ready for that!
I guess I want to know if chewing the gum after meals, drinking the tsp of xylitol in water before bed (she likes to have milk before bed) and brushing her teeth will help to strengthen her chipped teeth as well as keep it from developing an abscess? And what about the cavities? I nursed till 1 1/2 and she likes to go to sleep with milk. I think that is the culprit from what I read, something about “caries”, but I dont know.
Any advice you may have please share it with me. Any particular regimen I should follow to help protect her teeth….
A Mommy in Chicago
Dear Chicago Mom,
I would be happy to talk with you on the phone if that would help you (no charge).
If you would like to do this just let me know a number and a good time to call.
I am a pediatric and a general dentist and I have worked with children for many years.
Your ideas sound great use the gum for “tooth-cleaning” after meals and snacks. This way, whatever your child eats her teeth will be safe and tooth-healthy. The last thing you leave on your teeth after each meal is the important thing.
If you finish a meal with apple juice on your teeth they will be in danger. If you finish your meal with some Zellies your teeth will be safe! It is that simple.
Milk itself does not cause tooth decay as long as it is regular cows’ milk. Soy and formula are different and they can be harmful to teeth. Whatever she drinks, you do not have to worry as long as you “clean” teeth with some xylitol.
The most damaging drinks for teeth are soda (diet and regular) apple juice, fruit-punch or any of the Kool Aid drinks, juice boxes etc. It is hard to stop kids from drinking juice so just make sure that after the drinks they clean off the “juice goo” with Zellies. In 6 months you will notice a big change in these teeth.
I recommend cleaning toothbrushes carefully every day to get rid of harmful germs that grow on toothbrushes. Each morning after brushing swish the brush in some Listerine and rinse it off then let it dry before using it again. Keep her brush in the kitchen or at least away from any open toilet bad germs are flushed into the air and can land on toothbrushes if they are in the same room.
Children’s toothpaste often contains sugar and bad stuff. I would suggest buying bubblegum flavor ACT and use a drop of it on her toothbrush to clean her teeth. She is too young to rinse and spit out safely but if you just use a drop of ACT on the brush, this can help harden teeth.
ACT and Zellies work together to REVERSE soft teeth and in this way REVERSE cavities. Maybe we can surprise her dentist!
I am sorry that you have been blamed for these problems. I explain to people that it is NOT their fault and how EASY IT IS to protect teeth. Good luck and please let me know if I can help with more information.
Please keep in touch,
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