Monday, December 15, 2008

Can I heal a cavity?

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I am 33 and never had a cavity until now. 



My father was a dentist but now is retired. I am one of those people who never snack and immediately brush my teeth after eating. It has worked well for me, except at my dental appointment in June, they discovered a small pit cavity on my upper right second molar. 


My father examined it at home and said it was just a small catch and to not get it filled. However he just looked at it again and said it was now a small cavity. He believes I should get it filled because it is so small and would require such a simple filling. I have worked hard to have perfect teeth for 33 years and would like to keep it that way. I have had a very stressful last couple of years. Could this have caused my cavity? 


For the last couple of years I switched from Colgate to Tom's of Maine toothpaste without fluoride. My dad believes fluoride only benefits children's teeth. Also my dad believes mouthwash with alcohol causes oral cancer. My father does not believe teeth can remineralize once there is a hole in the enamel, even if it is small. It is very important to me to keep my teeth cavity free.

Is there anything I can do to heal my cavity?

Thanks so much. 

KB



Dear KB,

Many dentists think like your father.

I can only direct you to read the stories on my website and blog. I can only tell you that my system is great and will help more than you imagine.

Do you think that 6 months of trying the system would be worth any "risk?"

If you read my website you will see that stress is a risk factor for dental disease because your saliva becomes very acidic. Dry mouth is another risk factor and may apply in your case.
I also feel that the use of fluoride as a rinse is very beneficial.

I recommend the use of Crest Original toothpaste and ACT is also an important part of my Complete Mouth Care System.

I use this system myself and thousands of others also use it twice daily. Many people will tell you that this system WORKS!

The fact is that you must decide whom you are going to listen to and I am certainly not going to tell you to disobey your father! I am not sure how I can convince you. Maybe you could convince yourself if you gave the complete system a try!

Good luck
Ellie
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

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