Child Cavities

Hi Dr. Ellie,

Thank you so much for the wonderful sites and information. I am a mother of 2 (4 ½ year old, and 2 year old) and wish I had discovered your sites much sooner. We found out last week that my 4 ½ year old has three cavities in her mouth one of them which our pediatric dentist is suggesting we have capped, I am planning to get a second opinion from my dentist. Do you have any thoughts on capping baby teeth? She is not experiencing any pain.

We started using xylitol yesterday, is it possible to repair her damaged teeth over the next several months rather than having them filled? I know it is very difficult for you to answer this question without seeing an x-ray, I would hate for the problem to get worse.

We live in Toronto and I am not able to buy Closys or ACT do you have any other suggestions. I am very anxious to start the CWT program.

Why are our dentists and GP’s not promoting the benefits of xylitol, is it happening more in the US? I am very frustrated by this.

Thanks again for all the help and information you provide.


Dear E

It sounds as if you are doing the best possible. Keep applying the xylitol in any form.

Dissolve a teaspoon of xylitol in about a cup of water and then keep this solution in the refrigerator. Make this solution (Z water) into a drink, wipe it on the teeth brush it on teeth or just add it to other drinks.

You may want to use Fluoriguard mouth rinse (in place of ACT) and it will work in harmony with xylitol. For a child under six I would suggest using a small applicator and apply a drop or two of the rinse to the decayed teeth.

The ACT bubblegum rinse is the one I prefer for kids because it tastes goo and works but any 0.05% fluoride rinse will work.

In 6 months of using xylitol regularly you should see a marked improvement in your child’s teeth. The most important thing is control the bacterial infection in her mouth BEFORE her permanent teeth erupt.

It takes six months of xylitol to control the infection. You want to try and apply at least 6 grams of xylitol to these teeth every day ( about 1-2 teaspoons of xylitol). Zellies has chewing gum for kids and fruit mints that may be enjoyed and useful to “apply” xylitol to her teeth.

If you place an order and would like a sample of bubblegum ACT put a note at the end of your order and we will send you some.

Thanks again for your question.

Good luc I believe you will see a big difference in a few months cannot promise you will avoid fillings and caps. If your dentist sees improvement maybe you can ask him or her if you can continue a little longer with your new routine.

Let me know if I can help,
Dental Health for Everyone!
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Rochester NY 14623

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