White Spots on Baby Teeth

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I am very concerned about the white spots on my son’s teeth. His pediatric dentist has not given us any answers on this. The only thing he said was that medications when he was a toddler/baby could’ve caused it. Well, he’s never had any medication. I’m so worried. I did read on another website that Zellies can help this. I’m also going to take him to another dentist. What is your recommendation? Thank you
-T

Hi T,

White spots on baby teeth are usually a sign of demineralization a loss of minerals.

Any juice or acids in fruits or in drinks will pull minerals from teeth, leaving a white patch.
You don’t have to stop all juice and fruits! If you protect teeth after the juice everything will be fine!

The best way to protect teeth is with xylitol. I suggest granular xylitol. Dissolve a teaspoon in about 6-8 oz of water each morning. You can use this solution to brush teeth after meals, or drink this Z-water after meals or after juice, to take away acidity and “clean” teeth.

Xylitol also works in harmony with dilute sodium fluoride, to repair white spots.
Use xylitol during the day. Then at night and in the morning, use a drop of bubblegum ACT and brush it gently over these spots always last thing at night. If you combine ACT and xylitol you will be helping to remineralize/ repair your son’s teeth.

The next question is whether the rest of the family and caretakers have plaque-free mouths?
If your son is in the care of people with infected plaque he can be infected from them.

It is important that anyone in contact with your son (kissing and sharing food) is on a similar oral health regimen. I would suggest the family consider the xylitol in water idea for themselves.
Or Zellies delicious mints and gum (the mints contain 0.5 gram xylitol in each mint and the gum is one gram).

To get enough xylitol each day you can mix and match the source. It does not matter if you have more than 6 grams each day but healing will not occur if you have less. The ideal is to space xylitol throughout the day especially after meals and snacks.

If you meet a dentist who will apply some fluoride varnish this may help speed the healing of these teeth. Pay attention to how these teeth look in about 6 weeks from today. Maybe mark the date on your calendar!

Be vigilant make sure to keep on this xylitol and ACT routine every day. Please let me know if you need more help and I would be interested in the outcome!

Best Wishes,

Ellie Phillips DDS
www.zellies.com
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623
(585) 272-1270



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  1. Hello! I have a twenty month old that has white spots on his two front teeth. I brush his teeth regularly and do not believe it is due to decay. I have read your suggestion regarding xylitol and Act. Should the drop of Act on a cotton swab be used on him at this age?

  2. A drop of ACT and regular use of xylitol in solution would be my suggestion.Use xylitol multiple times during the day – in granular form or in water. You want to try and expose these teeth to xylitol 3-5 times a day – preferably after eating. Brushing teeth does not ensure against tooth decay.I wonder what you are using for toothpaste on the brush – You could put a drop of ACT on the toothbrush in place of toothpaste. Good luck – I hope this is not decay – but why wait to see? Xylitol and ACT are your insurance against this situation becoming a problem! Wishing you a Happy Holidays,Ellie Phillips DDS http://www.zellies.com26 Corporate WoodsRochester, NY 14623(585) 272-1270

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