Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that has been shown to interfere with the oral colonization of decay-causing bacteria.  Incorporation of xylitol into chewing gum, candy, toothpaste, and infant oral wipes has shown promise as a caries (cavity) reducing agent.  Studies have shown Zylitol wipes to be safe and well accepted by most infants and parents. … Read more »

Yogurt and Cheese can improve Oral Health

  Long known for their healthful effects on children, dairy products contain calcium, phosphorus and bioactive peptides important to oral health.  Recent research suggests that the consumption of milk, cheese and yogurt may suppress the formation of caries (cavities) and help prevent periodontitis.  Studies have found increased calcification of the enamel and remineralization of teeth after… Read more »

Breast Feeding/Orofacial Development

Breast-feeding is the best form of nutrition for infants.  The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breast-fed for the first 6 months of life, with supplemental breast-feedings for at least the first 2 years of life. In addition to the systematic benefits of mother’s milk, breast-feeding promotes healthy orofacial development, including nasal… Read more »