Research over the past few decades has come a long way in helping to prevent cavities from forming. Fluoride has been well known to help strengthen teeth and enamel in adults and children alike. Most toothpastes and water have fluoride in them, but an extra dose of fluoride is recommended and given to every patient here at our office.
Xylitol is a sugar that has also been around for a long time. This sugar actually helps prevent decay. Xylitol can be found in some chewing gum and has been proven especially helpful for new moms. A study showed that if a new mother chews 4-5 sticks of gum containing the sugar Xylitol, the new baby is 70% more likely to not have cavities in their mouth. Xylitol has been proven as a very helpful sugar that not only does not cause cavities (like typical sugar has been proven to do), but benefits teeth. Our office encourages patients to utilize the benefits that can be achieved by chewing gum with Xylitol and using fluoride. We sell this gum in our office or you can buy it online.