Hello Dr. Ellie,
I was reading about fluorosis and how xylitol could help. I had a couple of questions can children use Closys II rinse? and why don’t you use or recommend the Closys II toothpaste?
Xylitol as you will read has uses for all of us! It provides benefits for all ages: from newborn to older adults.
ACT rinse has a benefit for kids and adults from the age of 6 onwards. The dilute sodium fluoride in ACT helps new 6-year molars mature quickly and tips the remineralization balance in a child’s mouth. I recommend the original ACT anticavity not the Restore version.
Young children, on the other hand, should not need to use all the other products in the complete mouth care system. I view my system for tooth care in much the same way as I view skin care.It is not really necessary for children until they turn into teens or young adults unless they are suffering some kind of problem or are at high risk for disease.
Young children usually do not need Listerine or Closys if they are healthy, have a good diet and are not taking medications or suffer allergies or asthma which would give them a problem because of dry mouth conditions. Nature seems to provide healthy children with an alkaline mouth, but as the hormones kick in or if you add things like braces this can make the situation deteriorate quickly. ( I also realize that the diet of teens can be a problem!) Then Closys will be a help to prevent gingivitis.
If teens are developing gingivitis or if they are going to have braces/ or have braces then Closys will really help a lot. Use it without flavor and before brushing teeth. Use it to swish around and then brush. I would still recommend ACT rinse at the end of brushing and also the repeated exposure to xylitol after meals and drinks etc.
I don’t have a real problem with Closys toothpaste but I have not really seen any special results from using it either. I like Crest Original and it has the benefit of the sodium fluoride in the paste. Crest has a good amount of polishing agent but not too much to scratch enamel.
When they measure abrasiveness of toothpaste on a scale of 1 to 200 you want a paste to be around 100. Closys is under this number at around 65 I think (is it abrasive enough? I don’t have the answer) whereas Crest was tried and tested in the 1960s and came out at a perfect abrasiveness of 102.
I find that people with allergies and reactions to Sodium Laurel Sulphate do not have this problem with Crest Original. I cannot tell you why this would be it is just a long time observation. It appears that Crest Original is one of the very few pastes made in the USA all the newer ones seem to come from China. This is not necessarily a bad thing just another observation!
Enjoy the book and please let me know if you have any other questions,
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!