The following is a Q & A between Dr. Ellie and a mother about dental care. We hope you find it helpful. If you would like your dental and oral care questions answered by Ellie Phillips, DDS, comment here or go to the Zellies website.
Q: My daughter (10-yr old, no cavities) has light brownish teeth with white marks on them. Is it a bad idea for her to use the ACT mouth rinse?
Will it make her
tooth spots worse??
A:The quick answer is that ACT will help not make this worse.
Q: I am kicking myself because I let the dentist 2 weeks ago (before I found your website) talk me into giving my daughter a fluoride foam rinse. I have no idea how much fluoride was in it, and I know its probably my imagination, but I am now imagining that her spots are more prominent!
A: You did nothing wrong and the spots will not be worse!
I am not promoting foam fluoride treatments at the dentist because for a child like yours there is evidence that that do nothing useful.
Q: Can I mix some xylitol in unsweetened Cool-aid and have it count towards the 6.5 gm daily total? I am having a hard time getting them to take enough mints/gum. But the xylitol sweetened cool-aid is very acidic (pH paper says 4.5 or 5) and I am wondering if that eliminates some or all of the xylitol benefits.
A: Quick answer is that I think it would be much better if your kids ate or
drank xylitol AFTER this acidic drink. I would suggest that you make up a some xylitol water: add two teaspoons of xylitol to some warmed water (so it dissolves) and keep cool in drinking bottles in the refrigerator.
Let your kids know that this Z drink will protect their teeth from the damage that Cool-Aid does to their teeth…so have a sip at the end of every drink or snack.
Alternatively try other tooth-protective foods to protect your kids teeth from the Cool aid: cheese, dairy, nuts etc…and try sprinkling xylitol on their cereal in the morning. It bakes into wonderful banana or zucchini bread and peanut butter cookies..another clever way to get kids to eat it!