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New Jersey Dentist Says There's a New Way to Prevent Cavities

There is a new standard for preventing tooth decay and you may be surprised about what you are about to read. Dr. Lucy Slutsky, a New Jersey dentist says prevention is no longer just flossing and brushing your teeth. Not everyone has the proper skill or dexterity such as children, teens, elderly, nursing home residents, people with arthritis or those in the hospital, adds Dr. Slutsky.


Prevention needs to work beyond brushing and flossing. The new standard for prevention is first managing and controlling the good and bad bacteria in the mouth followed by brushing, flossing, etc. 


Dental researchers have found that xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol found in many fruits & vegetables can reduce plaque levels up to 50% with five exposures of xylitol a day. That’s comparable to the effect of daily brushing and flossing. Xylitol tastes great and is a natural sugar. It metabolizes sugar in a totally different way by blocking the bad bacteria that causes plaque and cavities. It also controls oral pH that dentists say is another new way to prevent cavities.

Xylitol has the same sweetness as sugar (sucrose) but with 40% fewer calories and none of the negative tooth decay or insulin release effects of sugar. It also has a low glycemic index (7) and has little effect on blood sugar levels. Xylitol is available in gum, candies and other treats that children and adults can enjoy and simultaneously improve dental health.

Researchers have also found that probiotics play an important role in establishing good oral health by providing good bacteria to keep a proper balance.

Dr. Slutsky recommends cleaning more in between your teeth where plaque tends to build rapidly. She also recommends first dry brushing your teeth followed by brushing with tooth paste. Dry brush first until the teeth feel & taste clean then add toothpaste. The dentist also suggests tongue cleaning with a brush or tongue cleaner because bacterial biofilm often forms on the tongue and that sets the stage for more cavities.

Xylitol and Evora Probiotics is available in many health food stores and pharmacies.

Dr. Lucy Slutsky practices at 100 Northfield Avenue in West Orange and 11 Kiel Avenue in Kinnelon. Visit her website at

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