Dear Dr. Ellie:
Are the white spots cavities? My daughter has a few, and they don’t look like “normal” cavities. If I follow these recommendations can I continue with night time nursing?
Do you offer the xylitol wipes for when we are away from home?
Also is the xylitol gluten free?
White Spots are the start of cavities.
When a tooth gets damaged by bacteria, minerals are pulled from the tooth surface.
This leaves microscopic holes in the tooth, which makes light reflect differently off this (porous) tooth surface and makes the area look white/opaque.
At this stage the tooth is soft, stains and can easily be damaged. If you push hard on these soft areas you can poke a hole in the enamel and form a hole or cavity.
If minerals return to these soft white areas they can “remineralize”, rebuild and repair the damage.
Xylitol heals the deeper layers and ACT the outer layer. As the tooth heals the white spots will disappear.
The sugar in breast milk cannot harm teeth but the sugar from breast milk feeds harmful acid producing bacteria (plaque bacteria). These harmful bacteria dissolve minerals out of teeth.
Xylitol gets rid of harmful acid-producing plaque bacteria so your milk cannot harm teeth.
Good luck! sorry I do not have the wipes for teeth but you can make your own from packets of xylitol dissolved in water.
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