Hi Dr. Ellie,
We have been using xylitol, Act, MI paste, and Listerine on our toothbrushes for a couple of months. We started protocol due to problems on our dauther’s now 21 months old front, top four teeth.
All of a sudden, my son (3.5 years old) seems to have some changes happening on his front two teeth. His have always looked great, but I am seeing some thin enamel I think that is what it is and some semi-chalky lines
Very distressed what could be going on?
Tooth damage is always related to acidity and/or dry mouth. If you can pin-point the source of acidity that is harming these teeth this will help you control the problem.
Remember juice of any kind is very acidic. Even diet products can damage teeth through their acidity.
I assume you are “cleaning” your toothbrushes with the Listerine which is good. I recommend swishing the head of brushes in Listerine but wash them off under the faucet and then store dry.
What kind of toothpaste do you use?
I would suggest in place of paste, use a drop of ACT on the toothbrush to brush his teeth.
I would be interested to know how you are using the xylitol for your kids.
The best time to eat xylitol is after meals either in the granular form or dissolved in water.
Give your kids a drink of this at the conclusion of meals, snacks or after any juice drink.
Xylitol will not be as effective if you simply add it into the juice. View xylitol as “cleaning” teeth AFTER foods and drinks that may have damaged (demineralized) them.
Hope this helps,