TUCSON, Ariz., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Spiffies(TM) Dental Wipes, introduced today by Dr. Ray's Products, are the first individually packaged, disposable gum and tooth cleaners with xylitol for children from four months to five years of age. The new product is being introduced at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session in San Francisco, May 27-31, 2004.
"In my practice, I see the tooth decay caused by babies going to sleep with bottles and drinking sugar-laden fruit juices," states Ray Wagner, M.D., board-certified practicing pediatrician and inventor of Spiffies(TM). "Parents need a product to help them comply with physicians' and dentists' recommendations to wipe babies' teeth and gums after feedings. I created Spiffies(TM) to give parents a convenient, safe and effective way to clean their children's teeth and to prevent cavities," explains Wagner.
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "perhaps the most prevalent infectious disease of our nation's children," as noted by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its policy statement on oral health risk. Pediatricians, family physicians and pediatric dentists recommend that parents and caregivers start cleaning infants' teeth and gums from the time the first tooth appears.
In addition to being an easy and efficient way to clean the teeth, Spiffies(TM) Dental Wipes contain xylitol, a safe, natural sweetener proven to prevent dental decay and gum disease. Xylitol cannot only prevent decay from occurring, but has even been shown to reduce existing decay in children.
Wagner recommends cleaning children's teeth after each feeding, or at least three times per day to gain the maximum decay prevention benefits from Spiffies(TM). Using a dental wipe also helps establish a regular routine of oral hygiene. Spiffies(TM) are designed as a gentle and effective first product to use with infants, or as added protection in between brushing.
Individually wrapped and disposable, Spiffies(TM) are ideal for use when away from home, or when it's not convenient to brush children's teeth. The parent or caregiver simply wraps the towelette around a finger and rubs it over the child's teeth and gums. The wipes are grape-flavored and easily accepted by infants and children because of the naturally sweet taste of xylitol.
About Dr. Ray's Products
Dr. Ray's Products was formed in Tucson, Arizona, in 2003 by Ray Wagner, M.D. and Marti Wagner. The company is dedicated to improving human health through the focused application of the nutraceutical xylitol and other functional foods. For more information about Spiffies(TM) Dental Wipes, or Dr. Ray's Products, visit http://www.spiffies.com/, or call 520-615-0751.