• 1.GENERAL TOPICS
  • What is a Pediatric Dentist?

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are proud to specialize in pediatric dentistry.

    Our entire staff is very good with children. We know and understand how children think so that we can start them off right. We want them to associate the dentist’s office as a good place, instead of being scared. We take our time with each patient so that they have an enjoyable visit.

    Our dentists (and entire staff) understand the importance of good oral health even as young children. They have specialized training with primary teeth. They are here to help protect and restore children’s teeth so that they can speak and eat easily, as well as having a wonderful smile. They understand the growth and development of children’s teeth so that they can start their oral health off correctly.

    We also understand how important it is to take care of your children’s teeth. We will work with parents to ensure that their children are taking good care of their teeth at home. We also monitor for any problems so we can catch them early. We will work with your child’s regular doctor if needed for any problems.

  • Why Are Primary Teeth Important?

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the oral health of your children.

    Primary teeth, also called baby teeth or even deciduous teeth, start to develop in the gums during pregnancy. When children are between six months and one year old, their teeth should start to come in. By the time they begin preschool, they should have twenty baby teeth.

    Many people don’t believe that primary teeth are important, so they don’t take care of them at home the way that they should. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that your children have their first checkup within six months of getting their first tooth.

    Teething can be quite painful, so many parents try anything to soothe their children’s gums. Children can chew rings, wet towels, and even fingers to get some relief. Teeth come in slowly, but most three-year-old children should have twenty teeth.

    Primary teeth are important for many reasons. They are needed for speech. It is really important that children learn to speak clearly. Primary teeth are needed to pronounce words correctly. They also keep the tongue in place in the mouth while speaking.

    Primary teeth are necessary for eating and good nutrition. Children with bad teeth have trouble eating. They are often malnourished and underweight. It takes time, practice, and good teeth to learn to chew and eat correctly.

    Having good oral hygiene is also good for children’s self-esteem. Children are quick to make fun of others who have ugly teeth. Good oral hygiene gives your children the confidence to make friends and promotes positive social interaction.

    Primary teeth are also needed to hold the space for the developing adult teeth. They help align the adult teeth as they come in and make sure that the jaw develops properly. If needed, spacers can help make room for the adult teeth to come in.

    If you start your children off right when they still have primary teeth, you are setting them up for a life of good oral health. By taking care of their teeth now, you are showing them the way to fight off periodontal disease and cavities. If you don’t take care of their teeth well, your children may lose teeth, which can cause spacing problems when the adult teeth begin to come in.

    If you have questions or concerns about primary teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Dental Radiographs

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer dental examinations and X-Rays for our patients.

    Regular dental examinations and X-Rays are the best way to ensure that you have a healthy smile. We start each examination with a professional cleaning so that we are able to examine your mouth and teeth closely. It is our goal to find and correct any problems before they become major ones!

    X-Rays are used to examine the inside of your teeth. We are hoping to be able to catch any problems that we can’t see with the naked eye! Using radiology, we are able to see which teeth are developing cavities. We may also see some teeth or gum areas that may require some extra work.

    If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Dental Emergencies

    We are here for you at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, especially during emergencies.

    It is very important to be prepared in case your child has an emergency. Even though we wish that they wouldn’t, emergencies do happen. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.

    You need to contact us right away if you are having an emergency! If we are not open, go to the nearest emergency center.

    If your child loses a permanent tooth, it is important to keep it wet until you get to the dentist. If possible, place it back into the socket. If that is too painful, have your child keep it between his or her cheek and gums or place it in milk to try to save it. Please do not put the tooth in your child’s mouth if you are concerned that he or she might swallow it.

    In the case of a cracked tooth or bitten tongue or lip, always have your child rinse out his or her mouth with warm water. A warm compress will help reduce swelling. If your child has something stuck in his or her teeth, gently use floss to get it out. You shouldn’t try to remove it with something sharp. To avoid Reye’s syndrome, children should not be given aspirin for pain.

    Children should always wear a mouthguard during sports and other physical activities to protect their teeth. They should avoid chewing hard food like hard candy, ice, and popcorn kernels. These foods can break teeth. Both children and adults should use scissors instead of their teeth to cut or tear things.

    If you have a dental emergency, contact us immediately at (801) 302-7938.

  • What's the Best Toothpaste for my Child?

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to your children’s oral health.

    Many oral products claim to be the “best for children,” so it can be quite overwhelming when the time comes to select the right toothpaste and brush for your children. Still, the proper selection is really important to maintain good oral health in your children.

    Many people wonder why they should even brush children’s baby teeth. It is necessary because baby teeth are needed for eating, speaking, and jaw development. Baby teeth are also needed so that the adult teeth come in properly.

    Brushing their teeth when your children are young gets them off to a good start to having a healthy mouth for life. It prevents bad breath. Brushing also removes buildup on teeth, stopping periodontal disease and cavities.

    Not all toothpastes are equal, but most can be abrasive enough to help remove stains. Most also contain plaque-fighting ingredients and fluoride to strengthen teeth. They also come in flavors that are pleasant to taste so brushing can be more enjoyable.

    Toothpastes have other differences as well. Some are thicker than others. Many have different flavors and contain different amounts of fluoride. Though fluoride is really helpful for strengthening teeth, too much of it can be bad for children. They can get a condition known as dental fluorosis if they ingest too much. This is most common in children between ages one and four, so avoiding purchasing toothpastes that are too high in fluoride during this time.

    You should also know that adult toothpastes may contain harsher abrasives, which can weaken children’s sensitive primary teeth. Some even contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can cause painful mouth ulcers in young children.

    When choosing the right toothpaste for your children, you should choose one that is age appropriate. While you want to start good home care habits early (even before the first tooth comes in), you won’t need toothpaste until the first tooth arrives.

    When you first start brushing your children’s teeth, you should select toothpaste that is free of fluoride. Usually, it is considered baby toothpaste. To get your children off on the right foot, choose a flavor that is pleasant to them.

    When your children get to be about two or three or so, you can switch to a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You should also make sure the toothpaste has the ADA logo on it. Use the smallest amount and work with your children to practice spitting out the toothpaste. This takes time and patience, so stick to it. If your children swallow a small amount of fluoride, it won’t hurt them.

    If you have questions or concerns about choosing an appropriate brand of toothpaste for your children, contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Eruption of Your Child's Teeth

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to helping our young patients who grind their teeth.

    Teeth grinding is also called bruxism. Though many children grind their teeth occasionally, some grind their teeth on a regular basis. Over time, this can damage your child’s teeth and cause many other dental problems.

    Children who grind their teeth usually do so when they are sleeping. Dental problems like an abnormal bite or missing teeth can cause the grinding. Teeth grinding is often seen in patients who suffer from sleep apnea as well. Stress and anxiety can also cause teeth grinding, both during the day and at night.

    Since most people grind their teeth at night, they might not even realize they do it. However, waking up often with a headache or a sore jaw may be a sign of bruxism.

    Teeth grinding can cause a lot of problems. Your child could loosen his or her teeth to the point of losing them completely. Your child could also break a tooth or several teeth. Chronic grinding will wear your child’s teeth down until there is barely much left of them. Chronic grinding can really hurt your child’s jaw and change the appearance of his or her face.

    The easiest way to fix teeth grinding is by wearing a mouthguard at night. However, if the grinding is caused by stress, you will need to find ways to reduce your child’s stress.

    Caffeine can make teeth grinding worse, so you may want to cut back on your child’s consumption of soft drinks and chocolate. Avoiding giving your child sweetened liquids like soda and sugary snacks like chocolate will also help prevent cavities.

    If you have any questions about bruxism, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Thumb Sucking

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to your children’s oral health.

    We all know how soothing pacifiers can be for small infants. Pacifiers can comfort them and help them fall asleep. As parents take away the pacifiers, we often see thumb and finger sucking start. This is quite natural but can be harmful to children’s mouths.

    Excessive sucking can cause the front teeth to come in crooked. If the sucking continues, your children’s bites may be off. Their jaws and bones may not grow properly, requiring extensive dental care to fix (if fixing is even possible).

    To help your children stop these habits, you need to be very watchful. Reward them for not sucking their thumbs, especially in stressful situations. If you have a very anxious child, you need to find other ways to help him or deal with anxiety.

    Many parents place their children’s fingers in socks to stop the sucking. In bad cases, their dentist can help. There are mouthpieces that discourage sucking, or we can prescribe a medication to put right on the thumb.

    If you have any questions about thumb and finger sucking or pacifier habits, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Endodontic Services

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer endodontic services to our patients.

    Endodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that deals with the dental pulp in the center of teeth. Usually if your child needs endodontic work, you would have to take him or her to a specialist instead of being treated by a regular dentist. That is why we are proud to be able to help our patients by offering specialized endodontic procedures!

    If your child’s dental pulp is infected or diseased, it is really important to get it treated right away so that your child can have a healthy mouth. The most common procedure we perform is a root canal. Root canals are done to stop the infection or disease and also to prevent it from reoccurring.

    We also help patients with cracked teeth and any type of dental trauma. It is our goal to protect your child’s dental pulp, allowing your child to keep his or her natural teeth no matter what we have to do.

    We are glad we can save our patients from having to make trips to multiple dentists just to get routine endodontic procedures. We want them to have healthy mouths and smiles.

    Our dentists and entire staff are dedicated to learning the latest dental treatments so our patients can have the smiles they deserve.

    If you have any questions about our endodontic services or need your child seen by one of our dentists, feel free to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • What is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?

    The earlier we catch problems with your child’s bite, the simpler they are to fix. The results are often better and require less work than if we wait to begin treatment. We may not need to keep braces on your child for as long when they are younger, which means less expense for you.

    The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children visit an orthodontist as soon as their dentist notices that there might be a problem or before they are seven years old. We may not have to do anything when the children are this age, other than monitor their mouths. However, if we continue to watch your child, when a problem arises, we can start treatment right away!

    Early intervention can be beneficial. We will watch how your child’s mouth and teeth grow and develop, so if we see something that needs to be done, we will do it. We will also know exactly when to start treatment, if it is needed.

    You may wonder why the AAO emphasizes age seven. At that age, the first adult molars are coming in and helping establish the back bite. So then, we can evaluate your child’s bite, both front-to-back and side-to-side. There are many reasons to start treatment early. Early treatment allows us to do the following:

    • Make room for the permanent teeth when there is overcrowding
    • Ensure facial symmetry
    • Reduce trauma when the front teeth are protruding

    Also, early treatment reduces the need to remove teeth and reduces the time patients must wear braces. Though many people don’t believe in orthodontic treatment, without it you may have to deal the following problems according to AAO studies:

    • Crossbites can result in unfavorable growth and uneven tooth wear.
    • Open bites can result in tongue-thrusting habits and speech impediments.
    • On the other hand, with orthodontic treatment, you may have the following benefits:

      • A healthier mouth since crowded teeth can be hard to brush, which can result in cavities and gum disease.
      • Fewer broken teeth since protruding teeth are more likely to get broken.

      We truly believe that orthodontic care is about more than just a pretty smile. We believe that it makes you healthier. If you have any questions about orthodontic care, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

  • 2.EARLY INFANT ORAL CARE
  • Your Child's First Dental Visit

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are proud to take care of your children’s dental health.

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that children have their first dental appointment when they are close to their first birthday.

    Many people put off a child’s first dental appointment because it can be quite stressful for both the child and the parents. However, in order to start a child off right on the road to good dental health, it is important that parents overcome their own phobias and make sure that the first visit goes well. They need to remain positive in order to ensure their children have a good visit every time they go to the dentist.

    Pediatric dentists also want your children’s visits to go well. They receive extensive training in child psychology. They make sure their offices are inviting. They choose colorful paints for the walls. They have a selection of games, toys, and books for when children are waiting to be seen. They hire staff members who are good with children so that each visit goes well.

    How can a parent prepare for their children’s first visit? Parents need to stay positive. They need to tell their children that the dentist keeps their teeth healthy. They should not use words like cavities, decay, drill, needles, or any other scary words. Even dentists try to avoid those words during the visit to make sure it remains positive.

    If parents have other children in addition to the one being seen, it can be beneficial to leave them at home. Too much commotion in the office can make it hard for a child to sit still. It may also help to bring another adult along, that way one adult can hold the baby while the other listens and asks questions.

    It is always helpful if a child knows what to expect during a visit. There are many books on the topic that you may want to read with your children to help reduce any anxiety they may be feeling. The Berenstain Bears, Dora the Explorer, and even Elmo are all featured in books about going to the dentist.

    For their first visit, your children will get to meet and become acquainted with the dentist. Then the dentist will look at the development of their teeth and jaws. The dentist may ask questions to figure out the children’s overall health history. After that the dentist will determine the health of the existing teeth and gums. Finally, the dentist will answer any questions and help you formulate a home care regimen for your children.

    If you have any questions or would like to set up your child’s first dental visit, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Sippy Cups

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the health of your children’s teeth.

    Frequent and prolonged use of sippy cups does lead to increased tooth decay in toddlers. Sippy cups are wonderful at what they are supposed to do, which is to help toddlers transition from using bottles to using regular cups. They are also great because they don’t spill when they are dropped or knocked over. However, many parents continue to use them even as their children age. Because of this, more children are being diagnosed with pediatric cavities and baby bottle cavities.

    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents make a child’s first “well-baby” dental examination six months after the first tooth arrives. Dentists use this time to talk to parents about good oral care at home, eliminating sippy cups, and getting rid of unwanted oral habits (like thumb sucking).

    Sippy cups can be used as soon as your children are able to hold them. However, as soon as they can handle an adult-sized cup (usually by the time children are about one year old), you should stop using sippy cups.

    Children can start getting tooth decay as soon as they start getting teeth. For this reason, parents need to start their children off right with good oral hygiene at home.

    While sippy cups are necessary, there are ways to prevent decay while your children are using them. Try to give your children water instead of sugary liquids in them. Don’t let your children take cups to bed, and don’t give them cups to soothe them.

    You should also monitor your children’s drinking habits. Children should not be drinking continuously from the cup. If you want to give your children sugary drinks, you should do so only during meal times when their saliva is high, helping to remove the sugary solution from their mouths. Also, make sure that you clean the sippy cup regularly. You don’t want bacteria to grow inside them.

    Sippy cups, by themselves, do not cause decay. The main problem is what is inside of them. Many parents fill them with sugary liquids like breast milk, formula, juice, soda, and other drinks that promote decay.

    Sippy cups are meant to allow only a small amount of drink out at a time. Because of this, the sugar in the liquid stays in the mouth and around the teeth. Bacteria feed on sugar, producing acids which attack the tooth enamel. As the enamel weakens, it becomes susceptible to decay.

    Because of this, it is really important for your children to visit their pediatric dentist twice a year. We will look for signs of cavities (especially between the teeth). We will also monitor the development of the teeth to make sure that your children have healthy mouths.

    Since sippy cups are important for parents, the American Dental Association (ADA) has announced that some are better than others. They recommend avoiding ones that claim they won’t spill because this means that in order to get a decent drink, your children have to keep sucking and sucking. Then the sugar in the drink will continue to swirl around their mouth and teeth.

    They also recommend using cups with spouts because they promote good drinking habits. They are not just bottles for older children.

    You may want to get larger sippy cups, which promote the use of two hands and thus make transitioning to a cup easier.

    If you have questions or concerns about tooth decay or the use of sippy cups, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • 3.PREVENTION
  • Care of Your Child's Teeth
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    A child’s first dentist appointment should be scheduled within six months of the first tooth’s arrival. Since even the youngest children can get decay, it is really important to visit the dentist regularly. During these early visits, we are looking for any problems and trying to help you get in the habit of practicing good dental care. It is important that you stay positive so that your children enjoy coming in to visit us.

    To avoid cavities, you should avoid giving your children sweetened liquids like soda. Even though some drinks do not have as much sugar as soda, even fruit juice, milk, and formula contain some sugar, which can cause decay. It is also important that you don’t put your children to bed with a bottle. The prolonged contact of all that sugar on their teeth is just asking for cavities. This problem is so common it has a name: baby-bottle caries.

    It is always important to set a good example for your children. They are great at following your lead, so you should brush and floss regularly while they are watching. They need to learn from you how important good dental care is. If your children are interested, give them a toothbrush and teach them to brush their own teeth. You will still need to help, but at least they are showing an interest. Most children are able to brush their teeth properly by the time they are six or seven years old.

    It is important that you make brushing fun for your children. You can try different flavored toothpastes and different brushes with special characters on them. Maybe you can sing a special song while brushing their teeth. However you do it, the important thing is that you teach your children about good dental health.

    If you have any questions about caring for your children’s teeth, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Good Diet = Healthy Teeth

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to your child’s dental health and diet.

    Though many parents worry about their child’s weight, they don’t think twice about what their child’s diet is doing to his or her dental health. Your child needs to have healthy eating habits to ensure that his or her dental health is the best it can be. Just by watching what your child eats, you can decrease the amount of decay and gum disease he or she will develop.

    The American Dental Association recommends avoiding foods high in sugar and other foods that can cause cavities.

    You should consider changing your child’s diet in accordance with the ADA’s recommendations, though you should always consult a doctor before starting a new diet. If your child has special dietary needs, you should to talk with us about foods that your child can eat to help with his or her oral health.

    The American Dental Association has several recommendations for a healthy diet. They suggest drinking plenty of water instead of sugary drinks and avoiding sugary foods and snacks between meals. You should teach your child mindful eating--eating a balanced diet full of nutrients from each food group, including whole grains, vegetables, dairy, and protein.

    Besides eating well, your child needs to brush his or her teeth at least twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing at least once a day and visiting the dentist at least twice a year will help ensure that your child’s mouth is as healthy as possible.

    If you have any questions about your child’s dental health and diet, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • How Do I Prevent Cavities?

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to preventing cavities in children.

    Though most adults don’t think about it, it is quite common for children to get cavities. There are two reasons that cavities develop so frequently in children. First, children often do not brush their teeth the way they should. Second, they eat sugary diets and drink sugary beverages.

    Cavities can be very painful for children. If left untreated, they can lead to decay and periodontitis. For this reason, parents need to make sure their children are eating well and taking care of their teeth at home. It is also important that children visit the dentist twice a year to help prevent cavities and maintain good oral health.

    Cavities are caused by eating sugary food regularly. Sugars and carbohydrates stick to the teeth. Then plaque (a sticky film) forms on the enamel of the teeth. Bacteria that lives in the plaque continues to build up as more sugary food is consumed. The bacteria emit acid which weakens the enamel, making it more vulnerable to tooth decay. If the condition isn’t treated, the acid breaks down the enamel and moves inward.

    Even though your children will lose their baby teeth, these teeth are still important and need to be taken care of. Children need to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. They also need to visit their dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. During those visits, the dentist may seal their teeth. The dentist may also use a fluoride supplement to strengthen their teeth.

    Even if you take good care of your children’s mouths, you need to keep an eye out for cavities. Though large ones can be painful, your children may not notice the smaller one. The sooner cavities are caught, the easier they are to treat.

    For this reason, you should keep an eye out for symptoms of cavities. Children may complain about a toothache or general pain in their mouths. You may notice sensitivity to cold or hot foods. Some children wake up in the middle of the night crying from the pain.

    Sometimes cavities are so small that dentists need to use x-rays to find them. If you think that your child has a cavity, it is important to have him or her seen right away.

    There are many ways to prevent cavities. Regular dental visits and good home care are necessary for good health. You should also watch your children’s diet. Cut out sugar, sticky foods, and other snacks and drinks that can cause cavities. Snacking also exposes the teeth to extra sugar during the day. It is important to not give your children drinks at bedtime because the sugar in the drinks will just sit in your children’s mouths all night long.

    Sippy cups also have been known to cause cavities because the sugary liquid in them sticks to children’s teeth. Pacifiers can also cause bacteria to grow in children’s mouths. They should be washed thoroughly in a sink not in your own mouth, which transfers bacteria. You should never dip a pacifier in anything even in an effort to calm a child. Honey or any other sugary substance will stick to children’s teeth and allow cavities to form.

    The best way to maintain your children’s good dental health is regular brushing and flossing. They also need to visit the dentist regularly to make sure they don’t have any cavities or to get any cavities they do have taken care of right away.

    If you have any questions about preventing cavities, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Fluoride

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the prevention of tooth decay.

    We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages.

    For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.

    Because of this, you may be wondering if your child needs fluoride treatments. Often water is enhanced with fluoride, so additional fluoride treatments are not necessary. However, if your water is not enhanced with fluoride, your child may need fluoride treatments. Your child may also need a fluoride treatment if he or she has symptoms like receding gums. You may also want to have your child treated if he or she wears braces or is taking medications that cause dry mouth.

    Fluoride treatments can be completed at your child’s routine dental appointment. They are painless and quick, taking only a few minutes. When performing the treatment, your child’s dentist will apply gel, foam, or varnish on your child’s teeth. Treatment works best if it is done one to four times a year.

    You may wonder what else you need to do in addition to getting your child regular fluoride treatments. The American Dental Association recommends drinking fluoridated water and using a toothpaste with fluoride.

    If you have any questions about fluoride and your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Mouth Guards

    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer nightguards and mouthguards to our patients.

    Mouthguards are used to protect your child’s teeth and mouth.

    Children may grind their teeth at night, which can cause a lot of damage. It is often beneficial for them to wear a mouthguard at night.

    Mouthguards are also helpful during sports activities. They can help protect your child’s teeth and jaw from any potential damage from accidents like a blow to the face.

    Whether or not the sport your child plays is high-impact, wearing a mouthguard might be helpful in case your child clenches his or her teeth during the game.

    There are many types of mouthguards. Some are pre-formed while others are customized to fit a child’s teeth and jaw. Most mouthguards are used only on the top teeth, though some children need to have mouthguards on both their top and bottom teeth.

    After a thorough examination, we would be happy to discuss your options so you can protect your child’s teeth from grinding at night and damage during sports activities.

    To learn more about mouthguards and how we can care for your child’s teeth, please contact us today at (801) 302-7938.

  • Xylitol - Reducing Cavities
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    Here at Jacobsen Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the health of your children’s mouths. We are proud to offer xylitol, which helps reduce cavities.

    Unfortunately, tooth decay is common even though it is highly preventable. If decay is left untreated, it is painful and can really affect the teeth. Decay can make eating and speaking more difficult and change the look of your mouth.

    Some children are more likely to suffer from tooth decay even with routine brushing and dental appointments. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) believes in the benefits of using xylitol to help reduce tooth decay in children.

    Xylitol is found in many fruits and vegetables including berries, corn, lettuce, and many others. Studies have shown that children who eat between four and twenty grams of xylitol a day, divided among their meals, are up to 70 percent less likely to have dental cavities.

    Since a cup of berries has less than one gram of xylitol, it can be hard to get children to eat enough xylitol to make a difference. Xylitol is also used as a sugar substitute found in gum and other health foods. No other sugar substitute offers the same benefits.

    However, eating more than the recommended amount does not mean that your children will get more protection. It is recommended that you give your children only the correct daily amount to fight cavities.

    Some children are more likely to get cavities because of their oral care habits and diet (especially if their diet is high in sugar and carbohydrates). Some children’s teeth are more resistant to buildup than others.

    The bacteria left in your children’s mouths feeds off of sugars and carbohydrates. The bacteria attacks their tooth enamel, leaving it weak and more susceptible to cavities.

    Xylitol is used to neutralize the acid which helps to keep your children’s enamel strong. This helps to decrease the amount of cavities they get. Xylitol also helps to get their saliva moving to clean away more food, bacteria, and plaque.

    There are times when xylitol should be used with fluoride to remineralize teeth and strengthen the enamel so it is less likely to form cavities.

    Though there are many benefits of chewing xylitol gum, young children are not able to do so. However, if you have a child who is still nursing, he or she can get benefits through breast milk!

    Once your children are a little older, they can get xylitol in fruits and vegetables. You may also want to use it as a sugar substitute. When your children are old enough, it can be beneficial for them to chew gum with xylitol in it.
    If you have questions or concerns about xylitol or tooth decay, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (801) 302-7938.