Hello Dr. Ellie,
I have a son that is about to turn two, and his teeth are stained red from koolaids and sports drinks. And three of his front teeth are no longer smooth. I was reading about the Xylitol and saw that it could help reverse his tooth damage. I have been trying to make homemade flavored water, but he doesn’t like it. Since it is summer he has been drinking alot of the koolaid because milk was making him vomit. Also I had finally gotten him off of formula at around 18 months, using Gatorade. Unfortunately that and the koolaid did quick damage to his teeth. I’m not sure if he would be able to eat the mints and he is definitely too young for the gum. Do you have any suggestions, I feel horrible for him and I’m trying everything I can find. Thank you.
Try to give your son a “tooth friendly” food after drinks. A piece of cheese, some banana, or a little xylitol in water (kids are usually fine with it and do not notice: All you need is about a half teaspoon of xylitol in a glass of water).
If the drink will not work try adding xylitol to foods like dipping fresh fruit in some granular xylitol or sprinking it on cereal or yogurt. If he still uses a bottle or sippy cup try to use xylitol water in the cup or at least add a little xylitol to the juice.
If you start diluting the juice with xylitol and water you can gradually wean him off the juice and onto the xylitol. This may be a bit of an effort but you will be happy a couple of years from now.
I would also try to brush his teeth with ACT bubble gum mouthrinse. This is a dilute mouth rinse (obviously he is too young to rinse with it but put a drop of the rinse on a clean toothbrush). You want to try and use xylitol and ACT together because if you do you will be able to encourge these teeth to heal themselves.
Make sure you and other family members have clean toothbrushes and clean your own mouths with xylitol. The bacteria that harm your babies teeth can come from your own mouth. The germs that form cavities live on toothbrushes and also transfer during a kiss or sharing food.
Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions,
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