Sunday, March 25, 2007

Fluoride Varnish and Xylitol

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

Our rural healthcare pediatric office has recently begun a fluoride varnish program and we recommend Xylitol products to replace the usual gums and candy to help prevent caries in teeth.

We would love to be able to offer them some options and references, however we are unfamiliar with most of the gums and candies that have Xylitol in them, and there are few avaialble in our rural area.

Our Pediatric office has been recently indoctrinated into the practice of fluoride varnishing with our high risk patients and hopefully, the end result will be seeing less patients at the age of 3-5 with multiple caries and no dental provider. I've read that Xylitol is something akin to other non-sugar sweeteners, and would like to know if it is available as a sugar substitute in basic granular form.

Would you please tell us a little about your product, granular Xylitol and any references, and materials that you may have.


Hi S,

The fluoride varnish can be very useful and works synergistically with Xylitol. I have always been a fan of this varnish it has been used in Europe for over 30 years.

Granular Xylitol is great and can be used in various ways to help improve dental health. It can be used as a sweetener in baking and there are plenty of recipes that use Xylitol in this form which are diabetic friendly!

I developed the Zellies because of my frustration in not finding great tasting and 100% Xylitol products. Too many times the Xylitol is mixed with other and sometimes unhealthy sweeteners and other "fillers." Zellies are all Xylitol and natural sweeteners. And they are the best tasting Xylitol mint too!

I have been a passionate preventive dentist for over 35 years and you can find reference material on my sites: and

Xylitol can help patients get completely better no cavities no gum disease this makes for a happy office!

I would be happy to talk with you more about this and the various ways to use Xylitol for children who are at high risk. Feel free to contact me and we can set something up.

Take care and thanks for your interest in zellies and in xylitol.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What Do Dental Caries Look Like?

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I am a parent of a 2-year-old son. How can I tell if he is getting a cavity? Is there any way to tell before the dentist does x-rays and wants to do fillings?

- B

Dear B,

It is great that you are concerned about Early Childhood Caries (ECC), which is unfortunately all to common. The first sign of dental caries is a small white spot on the enamel surface of the tooth. This is sometimes easy to see and on a front tooth. These are white, wavy lines or spots, close to the gum line. This is actually indicative of damage done by bacterial acid, and are seen before the cavity appears. If you lift your son's lip, you may see the lines this is the early indicator of the caries disease.

These white spots can actually be reversed, (remineralized) by the application of fluoride if the problem is recognized early enough, and/ or with the use of a Xylitol product, such as Zellies.

Cavities will often be visible holes in the enamel, and appear brown, or black.

I hope this answers your question. If you have any others, please feel free to contact me.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Monday, March 19, 2007

Early Childhood Caries

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

My dentist told me that by daughter has ECC, and that they will need to do fillings. What is this? My daughter is almost 3. Is he talking about cavities?


Dear B,

The short aswer is yes, your dentist is saying that your daughter has cavities but it is a little more complicated than that. Early childhood caries (ECC) is a disease which affects young children. It is an oral disease which can occur in children up to the age of three. ECC is a rather new term that covers several reasons of childhood cavities includuding baby bottle tooth decay, nursing caries, and other caries from drinking soft drinks, or juice, and drinking from a sippy cup for prolonged periods.

A baby gets the bacteria that feed the tooth decay from other infected people almost all adults! This is transferred by sharing cups, kissing, or from a feeding spoon that has been in the parent's mouth.

I would love to talk to you about this further, including how you can stop your baby from getting more cavities and protect your own teeth. Please contact me at your convenience.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Stained Teeth

Dear Dr. Ellie,

A freind of mine recommends your product. But before I start I would like to know if it works for tetracycline stained teeth.

Thank you

Hi A,

Tetracycline stained teeth are a problem.

Probably the best way to lighten them is with the latest laser treatments, usually offered by a cosmetic dentist.

This kind of treatment is around a thousand dollars but only takes a half an hour.

I would never recommend the over-the-counter beaching products to you, because they will neither work, nor be healthy for your enamel.

The most important thing you CAN do is get rid of any staining on your teeth. You need to do this in a safe and gentle way for your already compromised enamel. You need to protect your teeth and work to BUILD their strength. Strong healthy teeth look brighter and therefore whiter.

I would recommend my Clean White Teeth (CWT) tooth care system. You can purchase all the products in drug stores locally or online. The important part of this system is the order in which you use the products.

The CWT system set up a kind of "chemistry" that whitens, strengthens and builds healthy tooth enamel for you. You cannot use a mix and match with other products, or you will inactivate the system. Nor should you read the "instructions" on the bottles or you will have conflicting methods of use.

For example I suggest a "finishing" rinse be used BEFORE you brush your teeth!

I can send you out a small sample set since you have a special situation. You will get the idea of how this works and see if it is doing anything to help you. I honestly do not know if it will whiten your teeth but it is a pretty amazing system. All I would ask is that you keep in touch with me and tell me if it is working on your teeth.

If it does, please let me know so that I can share the results with other people in a similar situation.

Let me know if you would be interested in trying the CWT System. I would be delighted to help you.

Ellie Phillips DDS.

Where to Buy Closys

Hello Dr. Ellie, 

I wonder if you could please tell me where I could purchase Closys locally? I live in Albion, is it available in NY? I am starting the clean white teeth system, and want to get all the best products.

Thanks so much, and me soft cavity prone teeth thank you too!


Hi K,

You can order Closys on line from our other website or at Walgreens stores.

Walgreens is more expensive because we buy directly from the supplier and do not mark it up.
Thanks for your inquiry please let me know if I can help explain xylitol use or the system in any way.

I am happy to have a phone call conference with you at no charge.

Hope this helps,
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods,
Rochester. NY. 14623.

What Does Fluoride Do?

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have always wondered, what does fluoride do for the teeth? I know my densist gave me fluoride treatment as a kid, but never understood why. Can you help explain it for me?

N J.

Dear N,

Fluoride is a pretty powerful ally in the fight against tooth decay. It aids in the remineralization process, encouraging the minerals to heal the damage done to the teeth by the acids in the mouth. Also in this process of remineralization, the teeth actually become harder, and less prone to tooth decay.

Additionally, fluoride inhibits mouth bacterias ability to produce the dangerous acids that decay the teeth.

Fluoride is commonly found in tap water here in the States (although I have concerns about that) and in fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses such as ACT. It is important to expose the teeth to fluoride a couple times a day (2-3), but be careful not to ingest too much of it, as this could cause serious problems.

I hope this answers your questions!

Best Regards,

Dr. Ellie Phillips

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

How do Cavities Form?

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

Can you tell me what causes cavities? I know it it the tooth decaying, but why does this happen?

A R.

Dear A,

It can take months or years for a cavity to form in a tooth. And in order to get a cavity, the tooth must have plaque and dietary sugars to feed mouth bacteria. Over time this bacteria demineralizes the tooth at a particular spot where the plaque has collected. The longer this happens, the bigger the cavity.

But just as your teeth can demineralize, (become weak and form holes), your teeth can also re-mineralize. Natural minerals, found in things that your natually consume, (or Xylitol in its many forms), can aid in this process of remineralization, as long as the mouth is in a hospitable non-acidiccondition for remineralization.

This is why Zellies and the CWT system works! If your mouth is kept clean and non-acidic (as soon after eating as possible) and you get the minerals you need to remineralize, you won't get more cavities, and you will be able to heal the small, or forming ones you have.

Take Care, and keep the great questions coming.

Dr. Ellie Phillips.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Fruit Zellies

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I just wanted to say "thanks" for the package you sent me. I received it yesterday afternoon. I opened it and found a sample tin of your citrus flavored Zellies and a ph testing kit. Thank you so much!! When I popped one of those citrus Zellies in my mouth I was immediately transported back about 40 years to when I was a kid. I use to love Sweet-Tarts (and I have the fillings to prove it. LOL)

These Zellies taste exactly like Sweet-Tarts... except they're good for my teeth!! Amazing.

I guess I'll have to include the citrus flavor along with my next order, too.

Thanks again, Dr. Ellie.


Saturday, March 10, 2007

From the Zellies Mail Bag...

Hello Dr. Ellie,

WOW! I'm impressed!!

I received my Zellies order yesterday. That was fast. But what really impressed me was how the order was packaged. When I removed the bubble-wrap and saw my products wrapped in your logo gift-wrap I was surprised. I don't recall any company doing that... at least not in the past 30 years. This clearly sent the message that "these are something special" and deserved the extra attention. Plus, the enclosed gift pack was something I had not expected.

I've owned several businesses and I have to tell you that you are "right on" with your marketing. You really "WOW" your customer and give them more than they expect. That's the secret to building a loyal customer base. Not many companies go the extra mile these days... and the ones that do stand out. But the product has to perform, too...

...And yours does! These mints are delicious. They are exactly what I've been searching for... a replacement for Tic-Tacs and all the other sugar and artificial sweetened mints out there. Plus, they're actually good for my teeth!

I will definitely be sharing them with friends and ordering more. The summer berry flavor sounds delicious. I can't wait to order some of those. Please let us know when they're ready.

Thanks, again, for your attention to excellence both in your product and your marketing!
Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Are there other resources for Xylitol information?

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have read your blog and the Zellies website, but where can I find additional information about Xylitol? Can you point me to a couple good sites?

J in Michigan.

Dear J,

I am happy to provide you with many different sources of information on Xylitol and Xylitol products. While I have my own Xylitol mints and gum (Zellies), I am happy to recommend other sources of Xylitol and information. It is my personal mission to educate the public on Xylitol, and Zellies is just one way for me to do this.

About Xylitol Websites:
Besides the Zellies site, I also have a site called Clean White Teeth that has a lot of good Xylitol information.

Sweet Living - features a wide selection of products with xylitol. There is a cookbook for sale for the people in your life with a sweet-tooth, but who still want to have a healthy smile! Makes a great gift.

Dr. Joseph Mercola: Sweet Deception discover the deadliest health deception linked to artificial sweeteners, and why Xylitol is good for you.

Xylitol Commercials:
Xylitol is used world-wide and is advertised heavily in Asia and Sweeden. Here are a few commercials:
Xylitol Commercial 1
Xylitol Commercial 2
Xylitol Commercial 3
Xylitol Commercial 4
Xylitol Commercial 5
Xylitol Commercial 6

Xylitol Books:
Here are a couple good Xylitol Books:
Sweeten your Life the Xylitol Way
The Sweet Miracle of Xylitol

Xylitol Abstract:
This Xylitol Abstract was written for medical professionals, but has a lot of good clinical information and research.

For Babies:
There is a great product called Spiffies. These wipes are made with Xylitol and safe for use on babies and toddlers when you can brush their little teeth. Their site has some great information and there is also a blog.

Good luck and please let me know if there is any more information you need. I am always happy to talk with people personally.

Best Regards,

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Friday, March 02, 2007

Breast Feeding and Tooth Decay

Aloha Dr. Ellie! 

I've just purchased several of your Zellies and Xylitol products, which I hope will help reverse the brown spots on my 1-yr old daughter's top teeth. My daughter usually falls asleep while nursing. Has this caused her tooth decay? Will the Xylitol reverse this? My other daughter had incomplete enamel formation and had to go thru several painful dental sessions. I want to do everything possible to avoid this with my 2nd daughter.

Here are some of the questions I had:

- Can I give the baby too much xylitol? How much is the right amount per day for my 1 yr old and my 5 yr old?

- Is it okay to give the baby a sippy cup with water/xylitol in it so it bathes her teeth during the day?

- Right now I'm dipping my finger in hydrogen peroxide, wiping her teeth, then dipping my finger in the Act fluoride rinse and wiping her teeth. I do this 2-3 times per day. She hasn't learned how to spit yet.

She also takes liquid vitamins with fluoride (we don't have fluoridated water here). Is this routine okay? How should it change once I receive my xylitol products (in addition to what you're sending, I bought gum, candy, and the bag of granules)?

- Do I need to stop breastfeeding right away, especially at night, to save her teeth? We’ve pretty much stopped sharing food and drinks already.

- Are Group B strep and strep mutans associated? I tested positive for GBS during both pregnancies. With my first pregnancy, I had a high fever so when my older daughter's teeth came in they were already brown, and I was told this was incomplete enamel formation. My 1 yr old had 3 teeth at 3 months, and then 4 at 4 months. She now has 8 teeth and 4-15 month molars are popping through. The front teeth seemed fine until a few weeks ago. That said, I'm trying to figure out how both girls ended up with such terrible teeth. Is there something they can take to kill the strep mutans?

I live in Hawaii, and I find we don't have a lot of good information on dental health. I'm not sure why that is, but I know I've never heard about or been told about xylitol until a Google search for remineralizing baby teeth brought me to your
website (thank goodness). I've never had to worry about cavities so this is all new to me. I'm 38 years old and have no cavities.

Looking forward to talking with you!

M, Jenny in Hawaii

Hi J,

You do not need fluoride inside your body it is not a vitamin I worry about children having too much fluoride.

I will explain when we talk on the phone HOW fluoride works enough to wipe a little on the baby's teeth.

Don't be afraid of breast feeding and don't worr Xylitol is the complete answer to the strep mutans issue.

It is amazing how quickly you will see results.

This is NEW DENTISTRY a way of protecting teeth despite the problems you may have.

Native Americans used to believe that the birch tree was a gift from the gods I think they understood the power of birch sugar ( xylitol) .

Native Americans wrapped their medicines and herbs inside the bark of birch trees they knew it would protect their precious treasures. It will protect your children's teeth.The good news is that xylitol works no matter WHEN you apply it. You can wipe your baby's teeth during the day.

Xylitol will CHANGE the bacteria in her mouth to become healthy and protective.
Healthy bacteria do not cause cavities and they do not form sticky plaque.

It is not important WHEN you eat xylitol it is how often and how much that is important.
Try to brush your baby's teeth with a little solution of xylitol in water from time to time.
(1/2 a teaspoon in an ounce or two of water.)

When you need help the spiffies baby wipes are a quick way to do the same thing.

You can also bake xylitol into cakes, puddings, custards etc.

Even full grown adults only need to have around ONE TEASPOON of xylitol a day for it to protect teeth!

For a baby just a very little bit is going to work wonders!

I will send you some granular xylitol, a baby toothbrush and some spiffies to try.

Keep in touch and let me know if you need me to visit you out there in beautiful Hawaii ( it is 10 degrees and snowing here!)

Good luck and enjoy your sunshine,

I look forward to talking soon,
Ellie Phillips.

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Dear Dr. Ellie, 

Is ultra-sonic scaling superior/gentlier than manual scaling? and does either one have harmful effects on enamel? Will Zellies help this supposed "damage"? 



Hi J,

I never enjoyed any dental treatment and scaling was as bad as any other it hurt!
As a dentist, I worry that cleanings can damage the delicate enamel, remove the hardest part of the tooth ( the outer layer) and cause sensitivity.

I think ultra-sonic cleaning is probably the best.

I would eat Zellies and use ACT ( a dilute fluoride rinse) as much as possible before and after the appointment.

If you have plaque and it calcifies this can be bad for your gums so scalings would be important.

If you do not have any plaque it will not calcify and you will not need scalings.

So, the good news is after eating Zellies for six months you will have eliminated the bacteria that forms "plaque".

No bacteria = no plaque.
No plaque = no cleanings!
(The last cleaning I had was over ten years ago!)

I would recommend starting to eat a small handful of Zellies each day as a routine.
Have your scaling now but continue to eat Zellies.

When you return for the next cleaning ( in six months) you should have less to clean away and a year from now you may find that you have no plaque.

If you want faster results there is a wonderful mouth rinse routine to speed the healing process.
At the very least I would recommend using a mouth rinse called Closys before you brush your teeth it helps to loosen the plaque deposits.

There are other rinses to help prevent gingivitis and a fluoride rinse to heal roughened areas on your teeth.

The details are available on

If you have any questions or do not understand the three-rinse system please feel free to arrange a telephone call with me( no charge).

Or you can e-mail me any questions.

Thanks for your interest and good luck with your new dental program!

Ellie Phillips DDS.
Dental Health for Everyone!
26,Corporate Woods,
Rochester NY 14623.