Thursday, May 31, 2007

Xylitol Alternatives

Hi Dr Ellie, 

Can you advise me please ?

I found 1 kg of xylitol crystals (Sugar) from an online health shop. Can I use that as substitute for Zellies Mints? Also I found Oral-B mouth wash with Sodium Fluoride (0.05%), can I use those 2 in combinations as alternative? And how much xylitol sugar can I intake ? 


Hi N,

Yes and yes! Xylitol crystals can be used in place or together with the Zellies mints. Oral B fluoride rinse will work. It does not matter HOW you eat xylitol you can even swish it around your teeth and spit it out if you really want to! What you need is to GIVE the harmful bacteria in your mouth a chance to absorb about two teaspoons full ( 6.5 grams) regularly each day for at least six months. This regular "dose" will gradually wipe out the harmful bacteria population. The bacteria absorb the xylitol but cannot process it so they use up all their energy and are gone!If you keep eating xylitol for longer than the six months the new "xylitol-resistant" bacteria are tooth-protective ones and do not stick to teeth so plaque stops forming. You can eat way more than the 6.5 grams of xylitol each day up to a quarter pound of the crystals is perfectly safe each day. You can bake with xylitol, make it into cakes or add it to cereal or on fruit etc. During the 1940s they ran out of sugar in Europe and xylitol was used as table sugar for years. It is high fiber, diabetic friendly and has a low glycemic index ( all good things!) ACT will always be my favorite 0.05% sodium fluoride rinse because I KNOW that it works. On the other hand, if you have trouble getting it the Oral B should also work fine. It may not be quite as effective I don't know for sure. ACT has special ingredients that "coat" the teeth. Make sure you keep the Oral B rinse in your mouth for as long as possible, because it only works when IN CONTACT with YOUR TOOTH SURFACE. Also it is good not to eat or drink for half an hour after using it preferably use last thing before going to bed at night. Good luck and keep me up to date with your progress!

Ellie Phillips DDS

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Zellies and Xylitol - is there "too" much?

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I know that 13 or so zellies a day provides the right amount of xylitol needed, but is there any downside to having a whole lot more like 40 or 50 zellies in a day? My teeth are looking and feeling great since I started using Zellies a few months ago and now have family and co-workers hooked on them too...

Thank you, Laura L.

Dear Laura,

I am delighted that your teeth are feeling good wait until you have been on the program for a year!

My family and my staff have been eating way more than 13 Zellies each day for about ten years!
Everyone I know eating Zellies has seen nothing but benefit.
Your body makes 15 grams of xylitol naturally every day ( equivalent to 30 Zellies) and that makes me feel very comfortable about a quantity in this range.

FDA has given it approval for "unlimited" consumption (not that I would pay a lot of attention to FDA!.... After all, they OK'd Splenda!)

I know that a quarter pound of xylitol a day has been deemed fine even recommended for people with osteoporosis- some doctors believe it has beneficial effects on aiding the absorption of calcium. In any case, during World War II in Europe, people ate xylitol in place of sugar and used it for baking etc. It was because of this that the many benefits were discovered .

How much sugar/carrots/fruit should someone eat?
It is an interesting question and I don't know if we actually have a real answer because there are too many variables.

Before I started promoting Xylitol I paid a professional researcher to look through everything anyone ever said about xylitol. He was paid to find negative information for me I think there was a bonus for each bad comment!

Dogs should not be given xylitol to eat (but it is used an ingredient in some dog toothpastes).
In the 1970s Redbook magazine published an article talking about gastric problems from the "artificial" sweetener xylitol. This turned out to be an article written by an oral care company that trying to stop xylitol was coming to America (because it would interfere with their business). In my opinion "Sorbitol" is the "artificial" sweetener we need to worry about.
People should avoid sorbitol in any foods or drinks- and learn not to confuse xylitol and sorbitol.

I would say, "enjoy your Zellies"!

Take care and have a great weekend,
Ellie Phillips, DDS

Monday, May 21, 2007

Success Story!

Greetings Dr Ellie,

I haven't written to you for a while. The update is the Zellies treatment is working. It's been 2+ months now and the caries in questions has healed or remineralized successfully. If you remember I had two cavities one on my premolar which has healed but the blackness on one edge on my tooth. What I mean from dark spots is one get dark spots before the tooth collapses and form cavity is not healed. Do I expect the off-white sealant type formation fill over ?

Kind Regards,

Hi Sara,
Great news! Are you doing the Closys/ACT mouth rinse system and Zellies? Do you have access to continue to use these products? I will send you as much information as I can - we are going to make a downloadable seminar (free) and also a downloadable seminar booklet to explain the system. Again, I am happy about your progress. I have a dental book coming out later this year where there will be more information and success stories such as yours.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Friday, May 18, 2007

Remineralized White Spot Lesions and Bleaching

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I was just wondering in your experience, how successful is the bleaching of remineralized white spot lesions on teeth? After finding some staining between my front teeth I have been to the dentist who has given me some tooth mousse to use for a few months. I don't really want to get veneers but if bleaching can remove most of the stain I might just get them bleached.


Hi J,

White Spot lesions when they remineralize generally are white.
I wonder what color are your stains?

White spots are demineralized areas and you correctly talk about remineralizing them.
Now you talk of bleaching them: be careful! Bleaching methods usually cause demineralization!

I would suggest nothing more than my three step system.
I think that using Closys as a pre-rinse, and ending with ACT fluoride rinse would be in your very best interest.
You can go to the website to find out the entire system.

If you combine this system with xylitol/Zellies products you will not only remineralize, strengthen but protect and whiten your teeth all at the same time.
You need to worry about why your teeth demineralized in the first place and work to gain control.

I hope this helps! It is really a lot easier than it may seem!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mouth Bacteria - Eliminating the bad stuff

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have read that it takes a year of regular xylitol use for the bacteria to stop growing in the teeth? This seems like a long time. Is that true?

Thank you,
J M.

Hi J,

The bacteria thing is like this:
The "dose" of 6.5 gradually eliminates the bacteria that cause all the damage...5 weeks from teeth, 6 months from saliva, tongue etc.
Once these bacteria have gone ( about 6 months) they are replaced by a xylitol tolerant strain which is non adhesive.

This change over obviously may start to happen during the extinction of the harmful ones I am sure it is progressive...
By the time you get to one year the new kind (which are non adhesive) have populated.
This means by the end of the year your mouth/teeth are colonized with non-adhesive ones.

Now plaque stops forming on teeth...

.....well actually the plaque that people think is plaque stops forming
In fact, plaque still forms but it is a healthy muco-protein with healthy bacteria that coat the teeth and protect them( plaque is actually good for teeth if it is healthy).

I hope this helps the point is that it takes about a year to switch over, but at 6 month the mouth is considerably healthier, and producing the "better" bacteria.


Ellie Phillips, DDS.

Next Seminar: Power of Xylitol

You are invited to my next seminar: The Power of Xylitol!

Title: The Power of Xylitol

Description: Dentist Ellie Phillips describes the use of Xylitol for dental health and which over-the-counter oral care products work in harmony to heal early cavities and improve dental health and which ones you should avoid.

Date: Wednesday, May 9th

Time: 7-8pm (registration at 6:45)

Location: Double Tree Hotel, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester NY

Cost: $10 ($15 at the door)

Notes: There will be a reception at the conclusion of the Seminar with complimentary Xylitol desserts, coffee, and tea. CE credit available for dental hygienists.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Proper brushing

Dear Dr. Elli
I love your sites and blog. Thank you so much for putting such good, realistic advice online. I have a question for you and it seems like it should be simple, but I don't really know the answer: What is the best way to brush your teeth?

Thanks, I look forward to hearing back from you.
S W.

Dear S,

Thanks for writing in. The general rule is to spend 2 minutes brushing twice a day. You should hold your brush at an approximate 45-degree angle against your gumline. Brush gently from where the tooth and gum meet to end of the tooth in small light strokes. If you brush too hard you could potentially cause receeding gums or tooth sensitivity.

Do the same thing on the outside and inside of your teeth. Then to clean the ends of your teeth, (the chewing serfaces) use short strokes, getting into the pits and corners.

Don't forget to brush your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the insides of your cheeks too!

When you are done brushing, rinse thoroughly with Listerine, and then with ACT. First to clean the mouth and then to protect thr teeth with the fluoride.

Dip your brush in Listerine to clean it before your next brushing to kill any bacteria that may have gotten on it from being in the bathroom (yuck!) You don't want to put that back into your mouth.

I hope this helps Happy Brushing!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Friday, May 04, 2007

From Our Inbox

Here is another testimonial about our Zellies products

“Dr. Ellie, I originally spoke with you about 3 months ago. It was during that conversation that you introduced me to your products and program. All I can say is my mouth has never felt healthier! I cannot wait until August when I go for a cleaning to see what positive comments the hygienist will have regarding, plaque, tartar, etc. I had only been following your program about 1 month before my last cleaning and it was the first time the hygienist did not say I should floss more often. Thanks for everything!” Nick H.

Do you have a testimonial about Zellies or the CWT system? Please comment here or write to we would love to hear from you!

Closys and Avoiding Clorinated Water

Hi Dr. Ellie,

We're all enjoying the Zellies mints and I'm using the Closys II rinse twice a day.

I've read that there's a link between chlorinated drinking water and chlorinated shower water and cancer. Do you know if this is the same chlorine that's in Closyss II?



Hi Linda,

I agree about avoiding Chlorinated water.

Do you know that things like the antibacterial "triclosan" in Colgate Total (R) can react with the chlorine in tap water to form chloroform which may cause mouth ulcers and even may be carcinogenic?

On the other hand, Closys is a "chlorine dioxide system" .

The "Chlorine" in Closys (Cl2O) has as much to do with "Chlorine" as "Hydrogen" has to do with "Hydrogen Dioxide" know Hydrogen Dioxide best as H2O ( = water!)
I think you will agree there is a big difference between hydrogen and water!

Hope this helps to make you feel better about this!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Xylitol Serving Size

Dear Dr Ellie,

Hello, I see the 150 pieces of raspberry gum for kids. My question is how much does a single piece of gum weigh, or how much does the 150 pieces of gum weigh? Also the same question for the other flavor gums if the size/weight is different. What is the required serving for the gums as well, one piece? two pieces?

Many thanks,

Hi Tom,

If you are trying to have the "dose" of xylitol necessary for changing the oral bacteria to make them healthy you will be looking to consume about 5-6 grams of xylitol each day. Zellies products are all made with 100 percent xylitol so you get good 'dosage' in every item.

In kids gum there is 0.5 grams in each piece.
In adult gum there is 0.7 grams in each piece.
In each Zellies breath mint there is 0.5 grams

You can mix and match the way you consume xylitol to give the total of 6 or more grams (a safe amount is up to 100 grams a day).

You can even buy it as granular form and use it on cereal or to bake cookies or cakes!
It all counts towards the daily "dose" of about 6 grams.

Time Line:
As you start eating 6 grams of xylitol daily:
Harmful bacteria in your mouth absorb the xylitol ( thinking it is sugar!)
Harmful bacteria cannot process it
They keep trying.
Harmful bacteria use up all their energy and disappear (it is called the futile cycle).
In Five weeks:
All the harmful bacteria will have gone from the plaque on teeth
In Six months:
All the harmful bacteria will have gone from the saliva, skin of your tongue and mouth
After one year:
Any new teeth that grow in your mouth( or any teeth have been cleaned by a dental professional) will now only have healthy bacteria on them.
Only healthy bacteria will be in your mouth.
Only healthy plaque will form.
The next dental cleaning you have will be different your dental professionals will comment how good your teeth look!
After two years:
In an otherwise healthy mouth these benefits will continue ( even if you stop eating xylitol)
If you have an acidic mouth or high risk factors for cavities, continue eating xylitol to protect your teeth and remineralize them.

Good luck and let me know if this was your question!
Thanks for your interest in Zellies products,
Ellie Phillips DDS