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I'm considering adding xylitol to my dental regeneration protocol!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
would rinsing my teeth with it dissolved in water be effective?<br>
-or does it have to be consumed?<br><br>
does it heal cavities, regenerate teeth, and remove plaque?<br><br>
what products do you recommend?<br>
-i'm hesitant of spry infant tooth gel b/c it contains grapefruit seed extract(very acidic) causes enamel erosion
 

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I use toothpaste with xylitol - it's from Tom's of Maine. DD has the children's version from the same company. And I also chew xylitol gum. I have no idea if it is working because bad teeth run in my family. Something seems to have slowed down the dental disintegration, but it is hard to say what that is specifically. All I know is Xylitol DOES taste good and certainly is not making things worse.
 

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We use pretty much the entire xylitol selection:<br>
- Toothpaste<br>
- MI paste (for ds)<br>
- spiffies dental wipes (for ds)<br>
- spry xylitol gum (for me)<br>
- spry xylitol mints (for me)<br>
- xylitol sours and mints from Emeraldforestsugar (for both ds and me....I crush his, since he's still so young)<br>
- xylitol sweetener, which I use in smoothies, popsicles, etc.<br><br>
The reason for all that is the Early childhood caries my son developed a few months ago. We have only been using xylitol for about 3-4 weeks now, so I can't really say too much about how good it's working yet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
And we're also doing the nutritional program (see "healing cavities with nutrition"-thread) with all that cod liver oil, butter oil, raw milk, grass fed beef, etc . So I wouldn't even know exactly which of all those things is working.<br><br>
Therefore I agree with the PP, xylitol doesn't make it worse and there's at least a chance that it's helping, so we'll keep taking/using it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have been using xylitol mints and gum for a few months now, and my teeth are much smoother and less sticky. I don't get the plaque build up anymore.
 

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I believe that xylitol helped dd's severe ECC to arrest (along with HealOzone and other changes). Dissolved in water is not the best way to take it for dental purposes. You need total 5-10 g per day spread out over at least 5 servings, in the form of gum or sucked candies so that it stays on the teeth as long as possible. Xylitol has been shown to work in several ways including controlling bacteria, alkalinizing the mouth, and creating conditions for remineralization. I wouldn't worry about the small amount of the grapefruit seed extract in Spry Infant Tooth Gel - xylitol is so alkaline that I assume it would overpower the extract.
 

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From my understanding of Xylitol the bacteria consume it just as they would any sugar and it halts their reproduction capabilities. My dentist siad that she disolves a bit of the sugar in her kids water (I haven't done this because I don't really want my kids to prefer sweet water). But the idea of it as rinse might work! My brother in law is also a dentist and he told me of a professor he had that had a cavity for like ten years and purposely didn't get it filled because he wanted to prove that Xylitol would halt the decay.
 
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