Friday, October 31, 2008


Dear Dr. Ellie,

My gosh! I have been empowered.

My whole lifestyle has changed and I love my teeth now. They look and feel different. Already they look shiny and feel smooth and clean under my tounge. My breath is fresh, I can breath on everyone with confidance. I will share this with everyone in Honolulu, especially my children Mother and my clients.

We will never be without Zellies ever! I admire you. You are wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Suzie Treichel - Honolulu

Testimonial and Reinfecting Mouth Bacteria

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I have been using your system daily for almost 4 months and I notice big positive changes. My teeth feel so much smoother, healthier, cleaner. Many thanks to you! Question: If I kiss someone, sharing saliva, who has not used your program, or if I share food with someone, each dipping our own spoons into the dish, will I re-infect my mouth with bad bacteria?

And, if so, how much of a setback will this be in my healthy mouth, if I keep using the system?

Thank you again!


Dear E,

Anyone who consumes at least 7 grams of xylitol each day will slowly eradicate harmful mouth bacteria from their mouths.

In five weeks studies show that the bacteria have gone from plaque on teeth and by three months most of your saliva will be clean of these critters!

By the end of six months the skin of your tongue, skin of your mouth and everywhere else will be free of these disease bacteria. You are well on your way to this! I would mark 6 months from the date you started eating xylitol

Studies with naval recruits were done in the 1960s.
The study took recruits with bacterially "clean" mouths and gave half of this group a dental cleaning. Then everyone was made to rinse with a solution containing harmful mouth bacteria.
The recruits who had the cleaning picked up the infection with the harmful bacteria. The ones who did not have the cleaning were protected by the existence of a film of healthy bacteria on their teeth so they did not get infected.

The moral of this story:
Once you have changed the flora of your mouth it is valuable to you.

A course of antibiotics or a physical cleaning away of the healthy film on your teeth will leave you vulnerable. After taking antibiotics or after having a dental cleaning you are vulnerable to a change in bacteria.

If you think about intestinal flora in your gut it is the same. A course of antibiotics can wipe out healthy intestinal bacteria and leave you vulnerable to infection by harmful ones that can give you stomach upsets etc.

For intestinal health people suggest probiotics foods that promote the regrowth of health intestinal flora. It is the same with your mouth. Xylitol basically provides you a pro-biotic that encourages healthy flora while ridding you of harmful ones.

Your concern is genuine. You should be careful to eat enough xylitol following a dental cleaning or course of antibiotics since your teeth will be vulnerable. This is also why it is important at these times to make sure you have a clean toothbrush!

I have a testing kit that measures the numbers of harmful bacteria in your saliva. My husband and I took the test a little while back and we both registered results of so little bacteria we were off the charts and undetectable!

I am hoping that this will be a test that hygienists offer their patients to monitor the effects of six months on xylitol. It was really nice to have a reading that showed our mouths so healthy.

Thank you for this interesting question.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Chalky White Spots

Dear Dr. Ellie,

Will your system help a 15 year old chalky spots on teeth from (as the orthodinist says) not brushing well over several months when the braces were on? The braces were just removed because orthadontist said the teeth have damage and some soft spots. The Orthodontist wants to do clear retainers removable in 3 weeks. What are your thoughts on this? Will your program help her teeth? When she uses the program, should she do it when she is first awake, before breakfast or after breakfast?

Have your heard of epic fluoride toothpaste and what are your thoughts on using this at school after lunch because she will not have time to do the mouthrise treatment during the day at school. Can she also do your treatment after dinner if she needs to?

-Concerned Mom

Dear Mom,

Yes my cwt system will help your 15 year old very much. I do not recommend the xylitol mouth rinse nor the toothpaste - not when you have an acute problem and are trying to heal teeth. I would recommend using my entire system twice a day. If you do not have time, I feel it is better to use ACT rinse after meals. Using ACT a few extra times during the day will be great if you have only a little time. Zellies mints and gum are delicious and will help.

Epic mints and gum are similar and are also very good. (It is only the Epic rinses and toothpaste that I would not advise you to use at this time). If your 15 year old combines at least 7 grams of xylitol each day with my system twice a day and maybe an extra rinse or two with ACT - you will be amazed at the speed of the healing you should expect. The system will only work if you have all the ingredients EXACT be very careful to get the correct toothpaste, the ACT regular ( not restore) and only use the items in the correct order. Eat the Epic or Zellies mints and gum after every drink, every meal, every snack throughout the day and night.These xylitol mints and gum will help protect the teeth and help heal them. The combination of these items works in harmony to clean the mouth, protect the teeth and heal any damage. If you have any remaining questions do not hesitate to ask me.

Thanks for your question.
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

News Release: Arizona Dental Hygienists' Assiciation

October 29, 2009

A Good Step in the Right Direction...
Arizona State Dental Hygienists' Association (ASDHA) Has Recently Endorsed Xylitol As a Good Sugar!

Congratulations Arizona! Xylitol has a long and distinguished history of use. It remains amazing that so few people know about xylitol. Below is a time line with perhaps the most exciting date being October 15th 2008:

1900 - Xylitol used as a diabetic sugar substitute
1940s - Xylitol eaten as table sugar in Europe
1950s - Doctors notice children who eat xylitol have fewer ear infections
1960s-1970s - Research explores effects of xylitol with amazing study results
2001 - At NIH symposium, benefits of xylitol are shown scientifically significant by Evidence Based Evaluation
2001 - US Military adopts xylitol for dental preventive program
October 15th 2008 - Arizona State Dental Hygienists' Association adopts xylitol as a preventive method for patients.

Congratulations Arizona! View Complete News Release

If you have any more questions about Xylitol or the benefits of Xylitol, visit my website at and view the About Xylitol page or contact me directly.

Thank You,
Ellie Phillips

Acid Reflux and Sorbitol

Dear Friends,

I have wanted to share this information with you for some time and I am looking for your experiences and feedback. Please comment below or email me at

People appear to suffer acid reflux symptoms when they eat sorbitol regularly.

This may make sense if sorbitol were to increase growth of acid-producing bacteria in the esophagus. ...not proven just my hunch... (We know sorbitol can cause plaque bacteria to grow and multiply).

My experience is that people with acid reflux symptoms find great relief eating xylitol sometimes their symptoms go away altogether. I think it depends on the origin of the problem and if it is anatomical or some kind of infection that has symptoms of acid reflux.

People with acid reflux have dental damage from the stomach acids with decalcification and a high risk environment for the growth of acid-loving harmful plaque bacteria. Xylitol is definitely there to help especially last thing at night when these people often have an acidic attack.

Children with chronic ear infections usually have associated symptoms of acid reflux and dental damage associated with this. Xylitol has been shown to reduce ear infections in children, relieve the symptoms of acid reflux and help protect and repair teeth.

In my opinion, xylitol seems pretty useful for these conditions!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

5 Year Old With Severe Decay

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I have a 5 year old that has already had extensive tooth decay and we are now facing 2 root canals. He is primarily a mouth breather which I think contributes. I have tried to use the gum and mints but have a hard time being consistent due to school and his age. Do you have suggestions? Do you have a xylitol spray and/or an opinion on this. I have used your program with GREAT SUCCESS for the past year and cannot thank you enough! He is too young for Listerine, should I use the closys before I brush with regular crest followed by flossing and act? Thank you for any help you can give me. We are very worried about him.


Dear SS,

I would brush your son's teeth with Crest paste and help him learn and practice to rinse with ACT. You do not need Listerine for little kids and they do not need the Closys at this time either.

There is a bubblegum flavor ACT which kids really like. Make sure his toothbrush is kept very clean every day.

To "practice" with a mouth rinse I usually suggest putting a drop of the ACT in a cup of water and see if he can rinse and spit without swallowing it. If the results are not good continue with this the reward being more drops of ACT in the water each time it is successful.

Eventually you will have the confidence that he is not going to gulp the mouth rinse down in one gulp. Now you can have him rinse with the ACT every time after brushing.

If you find nights when he is too tired to brush - at least get him to rinse quickly with the ACT.
Same thing if you can after breakfast in the morning.

I would really like you to encourage him to nibble or drink some xylitol regularly. You could try the kids gum it is raspberry flavor or try baking some cookies with granular xylitol.

Another suggestion: you could make a xylitol drink and keep it in the refrigerator just put a 4 gram packet into a cup of warm water (so it dissolves) then maybe put it in a cool-looking water bottle and keep it handy for him. He could take this to drink to drink at the end of lunch at school. He must understand that he has to protect his teeth with this special "Z water" after any juice like apple juice etc.

Just some suggestions.

The use of xylitol and ACT together will be very healing. Less plaque will form and his teeth will soon begin to strengthen. Anyone with a dry mouth finds improvement happens even more quickly than other people.

The other good thing is that you are going to change this problem and remove harmful bacteria from his mouth before the eruption of the rest of his permanent teeth. This is a perfect moment to change his life in a better oral health direction forever.

I think you will see a reversal of the trend very soon.

Please let me know if you have other questions,
Ellie Phillips, DDS

Monday, October 27, 2008

peridontal disease

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I have been told by my dentist that I have periodontal disease very bad. She says I will lose my teeth anywhere from 5 to 20 years. of course no one wants to hear that. it scares me but I can only blame myself. I am getting the scaling/root planing done and will start going every 3 months for checkups. in your opinion, is all the extra money involved worth trying to keep my teeth or should I just look into the option of seeing if dental implants will work for me. they are extremely expensive so i don't know if they will even be an option. I'm just trying to plan ahead and I don't want to keep spending money that could be put towards a 'new tooth'. I know the disease is irreversible but does xylitol help at all? Any thoughts or ideas would be of great help. 


Dear J,

I will contact you again next week but please START ON MY PROGRAM NOW!!!

Closys is a wonderful mouth rinse you can buy it at Walgreen
DO NOT add the flavor to it.
Use Closys as a mouth rinse for about a minute before you brush your teeth.

Another very important thing : Make sure you clean your toothbrush every day in some Listerine...or a tooth brush sanitizer this is very important. Swish your toothbrush in some Listerine and then rinse your brush under running water.
Let the brush air dry never store in a bag or in a drawer.

Also make sure your toothbrush is away from the toilet area of your bathroom. When you flush the toilet germs can go up in the air and land on your toothbrush. Some of these germs can become gum disease bacteria.

With these things you will see immediate improvement.
Use Closys, then brush your teeth with the clean toothbrush and crest original toothpaste.

I would recommend rinsing the toothpaste off with Listerine and then rinsing the Listerine off with ACT.

All of this is written on the brochure on my website and you can print it from your computer or write to me and I will send it to you.

Zellies will make this routine even more effective.
But Please do not give up!

Maybe if you do all these things with a good routine you can amaze your dentist the next time you go. Please do not give up. This is a bacterial infection we just have to clean it away and make sure you do not reinfect your teeth.

Good luck and I will contact you again later in the week.

Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods,
Rochester NY 14623

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Act, Act Restore, Act Anti-cavity

Dear Dr. Ellie:
Does it matter in your complete mouth care program if you use the Act restore or the Act anti-cavity?
Dear AVB,
I never suggest substitutions for the real deal products. In the case of ACT there are many subtle differences between it and other kinds that may look alike.

In my mind ACT contains a perfect blend of ingredients (I wish it were colorless and did not have sorbitol maybe in the future they will make a clear one unsweetened or sweetened with xylitol!) It has the perfect dilution and ACT contains sodium fluoride (this is the most stable and well tested of all fluoride compounds). What makes the original ACT so good is that it contains other special ingredients. These ingredients seem to add a "cling' to the solution.

These so-called "inactive ingredients" seem to make it work better than sodium fluoride alone. I would always suggest ACT rinse over the stronger gels and pastes that many dentists recommend. The ingredients in ACT may work so well because they help ACT to linger long on the tooth surface in the little dips and crevices of your tooth surface. I think that rinses get the product were it needs to be better than the gels and pastes.

The longer a dilute solution of 0.05 sodium fluoride is in contact with the tooth surface, the better job it will do of strengthening and repairing your tooth. This is why you should not eat or drink after using the ACT preferably use last thing at night or at least a half hour before eating or drinking.

I tried Equate and some other "similar" products and I do not believe they will work the same.
I do not like the new Restore products either and they also contain alcohol.

My advice stick with the one we know works well. I have suggested patients use the mint ACT for decades and seen the greatest results! This is what I am my own family use all the time.
I have absolutely no affiliation with this product.

Thanks for your question,
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

Remineralizing Cavities

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I am really excited about your program. But I was wondering something. I went to the dentist today and she said I have 5 cavities and that I need fillings immediately. Can I start your program without getting the fillings in hope that they will get better.

Thank you very much


Hi C,

You can definitely start the program now. Even if you end up getting these filled they will last longer if you begin this system in advance.

In fact I would send you immediately /today to Walgreens to get ACT mouth rinse ( check the photo on carefully to see the image and don't buy Restore by mistake) Also get the original Crest regular toothpaste.


Your local health food store may sell xylitol mints or gum. Any brand of 100 percent xylitol will work. Of course, Zellies taste the best and are the best but any xylitol will work for today.

The use of xylitol and ACT together will help to heal your teeth.

Use the xylitol after everything you eat or drink or whenever your mouth feels acidic or dry. Use the ACT mouth rinse after cleaning your teeth.

If you want to use the entire system great, but at very least use the correct toothpaste and the ACT rinse. Use the rinse twice or three times a day hold it in your mouth for as long as possible. The longer this ACT (dilute 0.05% fluoride rinse) is in your mouth the more healing will occur. When you spit out do not rinse the residue/thin film off your teeth go to bed at night leaving this residue on your teeth. If you eat or drink during the night eat some more xylitol or rinse again with ACT.

Imagine you have a deep cut on your hand. The flesh needs to heal and also the skin for the wound to go away. Xylitol helps the deeper layer of your cavity heal and the ACT works on the outside "skin" of your tooth. Together these products will work wonders but it takes time.

If your teeth do not hurt you may be able to buy some time. I am not in a position to tell whether or not to have those fillings done.

I would hope that your dentist has helped you figure out what caused the problem : WHY you have those cavities. Cavities are caused by mouth acidity > usually + dry mouth.

Now start to reverse them.One guy was able to reverse four cavities in a couple of months.
I have no way of telling how deep these are and I have no authority to advise you on this.

Good luck the ACT and xylitol are amazing and will help. This system can reverse cavities but it takes time and I do not know how desperate your situation is.

You could ask another dentist for a second opinion. There are dentists who believe in remineralization and reversal of cavities and some do not. You may want to ask the office staff if your dentist believes that cavities can be reversed. This would tell you something.

Good luck and let me know if you need more information especially if you need links to papers and studies that show remineralizaion.


Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

White Tongue After Mouthwashes?

Dear Dr. Ellie:

Hello, I found your site after some friends from Rochester gave me the link. I recently had a tooth prepped for a crown and I have been chewing xylitol gum plus using plain crest, CloSys mouthwash and biotene instead of Listerine. it's been a week since my temp crown was put on and I've been having mild discomfort on that side and elsewhere in my mouth, I'm wondering if that could have anything to do with the new regime. Also, today I noticed my tongue was white, and I am worried that I have killed off all my natural mouth bacteria and now I have thrush... have you heard of this before?


Dear KCS,

I am sorry to hear that you have dental problems.
It sounds as if you need some help and I have great confidence in the system that I recommend.
It has helped many people end dental problems people who have tried all kinds of other rinses, pastes and gels.

The most important thing is not to mix and match products.
Biotene may not do any harm, but I do not endorse Biotene I have never seen results with this product.

If you find Listerine taste too strong I recommend diluting it with warm water. You can put just a few drops in warm water. This will be better than using another product that may interfere with the system.

It is important to start with Closys before brushing. The Closys lifts the debris and helps you brush better. The Listerine (diluted if necessary) is the best way to rinse the toothpaste off your teeth. Immediately after you spit out the Listerine you rinse with ACT.

ACT may be the most important of all the rinses.You did not mention using it.
It is essential to use this rinse after the Listerine. ACT needs to be the last rinse in your cleaning routine.

If you are eating xylitol I wonder if you are eating Zellies mints or just using xylitol in the granular form. Xylitol is actually "pro-biotic" in that it helps "grow" the healthy bacteria in your mouth.

If you use this routine you will only eliminate the harmful mouth bacteria and you will encourage fresh new healthy ones to protect your gums and teeth.

Xylitol will remove any fungal infection from your mouth. If you do have thrush xylitol will help eliminate this. Xylitol helps people with discomfort from yeast infections under dentures and also those with sores at the corners of their mouth (it is called angular cheilitis) which is a kind of thrush infection. In fact, xylitol sugar cannot be used in bread making because it inactivates yeast!

I know it is hard to have confidence in something so simple and so different. You need to finish every meal or snack with a little xylitol. At the end of the day you want to have consumed about 7-8 grams of xylitol (around two teaspoons). If you do not use enough Xylitol you will not see results. You can eat more than this but for dental health 7-10 grams is about perfect. The best time to eat xylitol is at the end of a meal for a number of reasons.

I would encourage you to try this system again. Make sure you have a CLEAN toothbrush molds and bacteria grow on toothbrushes. Never store a toothbrush in a drawer or covered in a bag or under a plastic cap. This is very important for anyone who has crowns and tricky places where bacteria get lodged in their mouths.

A toothbrush is easily cleaned in Listerine swish it around and then rinse under the running tap. Shake off and air dry your toothbrush completely EVERY DAY. You want to make sure that your toothbrush is never stored near a toilet with every flush bacteria float in the air and can land on your toothbrush. Sorry ! but it is the truth!

Good luck and please let me know if you have any more questions.
Ellie Phillips
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Closys Dosage

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I am not looking at the rinse at the moment I think it is called Closys??? Anyways, do I use 2 cap fulls like it says on the back? I know you said to not listen to what the labels say but I wasn't sure about that rinse.

I used the Mouthcare System products last night for the first time and my mouth felt new and refreshed. I also think the fruit mints taste like bubble gum and like the gum as well.

The date I started the system was Oct 14 so 3 months from now I am looking for results and I think I will see them...

Thanks soo much and keep me updated on anything else that may help my problem. Thanks again for taking the time to email me.


Hi JW,

Any amount of rinse is fine you need enough Closys to swish around in your mouth.
I like to swish it around my molar teeth and over my tongue to help clean the back of my mouth.
Some people use the Closys in their WaterPic machines but swishing works fine for most people.

The only rinse to be careful with is the Listerine. Do not swish Listerine for too long especially if you have sensitive teeth. I would not use this rinse any longer than 30 seconds that is long enough to kill the germs but not do damage to your enamel.

Immediately you spit out the Listerine, start to rinse with ACT

Use enough ACT for comfort and keep THIS rinse in your mouth for as long as possible. Think of ACT as moisturizer for your teeth smoothing out the dry, flaky enamel and making it smooth and shiny!

The longer the ACT is in contact with your teeth the more soothing and smoothing you will enjoy. Spit it out at the end and try not to eat or drink for at least half an hour after using this rinse.

I want a progress report in a couple of months!
Good luck,

Ellie Phillips, DDS


Hi Dr. Ellie: 

I still cannot believe I found your website and you! I am so grateful for you. I am doing everything you told me and although it is slow, you did tell me that, slowly it is better not slowly getting worse. I will continue to always use the rinses as I fear the worse if I stop. I am still so amazed that something as simple as a rinse can do so much good. Why isn't this told to a lot of people? So much pain would be avoided! I go back to the oral surgeon for my post op this Thursday and will tell her how this wonderful system is working for me. She did tell me that during this visit which will be 7 weeks after my surgery, that she would give me a courtesy opinion of the sensitive tooth in question. Boy is she going to be surprised.

Dr Ellie: do you think in time I will be able to eat on this side and not experience the sensitivity? I wish there were a dentist like you near my home, I would be so ecstatic. Thanks again for your help, your gift, and most of all your time to explain things to me. You are a true gift from God. God Bless you and your family. I will give you another update soon.

Dear M,

Thanks for the great update. I do not think anyone can tell you what may happen to already damaged teeth
but I say keep your fingers crossed! You sound happy and I am glad that your teeth are feeling generally better.

The system that I recommend was developed by thinking about teeth logically, with common sense. You ask why others do not know this well, often it is hard to believe something simple can be good.

The system was really developed by patients themselves. As a dentist I looked in many mouths and discovered that people using certain products had really nice teeth. I was in a very busy office often seeing 60 patients a day. I saw all kinds of people and I talked with everyone.

Next I started to tell the people with bad teeth to use the products that worked for the people with good teeth.

I put the facts together. This was not an idea developed by a company trying to sell a product line.

Unfortunately dentists today do not treat their patients the way we used to, years ago. I am old enough to have worked before the era of hygienists and periodontists. I treated the whole family and would could check plaque on teeth before a cleaning or treatment. We always had discussions about what patients ate and how they cleaned their teeth. We looked for risk factors the reasons WHY they had good or bad teeth.

Today most patients go for a "cleaning" long before a doctor "looks" at their teeth. So much information is lost during this cleaning. Where else do you get treatment BEFORE you see the doctor? What if you DO NOT NEED a cleaning? Is it good to have one even if you do not need one?

This is a great topic for discussion! Today many decisions are based on what insurance pays. I think this is unfortunate.

Good luck and I am hoping for more happy reports after your next dental visit. Remember to keep your toothbrush clean and enjoy your Zellies!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Mouth Bacteria & Kissing

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I have a question about mouth bacteria and getting reinfected. If I kiss someone, sharing saliva, or if I share food (and possibly saliva) with someone, will it take me six months of good care again to get rid of the bad bacteria, or will a few days of good care take care of it? And is the CWT program not very useful if one regularly kisses someone who is not on it?


Dear EW,

Your teeth are covered by bacteria either healthy ones or harmful ones. That is nature and we cannot eliminate bacteria completely hard as we try! What we can do is make sure we only have healthy ones and xylitol is the way to do this.

The healthy bacteria in your mouth do not harm teeth and actually form a barrier to protect your teeth from invasion by bad bacteria. If you have been eating xylitol regularly for five weeks the bacteria covering your teeth will be healthy, protective ones. Once your teeth have healthy bacteria they will fight off infection with bad bacteria.

Right now, if you were to be in contact with unhealthy, infected saliva they would not attach to your teeth. Your healthy bacteria are going to protect you. Your healthy population will defend you.

The problems come if you are on a course of antibiotics. Antibiotic medication would leave your mouth without any normal defense (since antibiotic medication would wipe out your healthy bacteria)

It is a similar concern after a dental cleaning. When your teeth have been denuded of all the bacteria with the pumice cleaning there is no film left on your teeth to defend them. Eating xylitol encourages healthy bacteria again. Be sure to keep a regimen of at least 7 grams a day for a week after a cleaning (you may want to be selective whom you kiss during this week!)

Xylitol is a simple way to make sure you repopulate your mouth with healthy bacteria.

When your teeth are left without protection from healthy bacteria they are vulnerable.......and you may pick up dental infection bacteria again. It would take five weeks to remove the infection.

I hope you will not be worried xylitol is amazing product and it is going to help you stay protected!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Xylitol toothpaste and mouthwash

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have been using Zellies and we love them. I was searching for a more natural toothpaste with Xylital and I found Vita-Myr and a Natural Mouth wash. Wanted to know what you thought of them since you promote not to use certain ingredients found in the current products. 

The websites with the Xylital products are Vita-Myr herbal toothpaste it has all the natural and effective ingredients used in our Zinc-Plus formula with the added cavity fighting and antioxidant power of Xylitol and Co-Q10. Plus it has Clove Oil, Myrrth, Grapeseed, folic acid and more. It doesn't taste bad either. I ordered the Childrens' formula for my daughter. They sent a sample of the mouthwash and it taste good and leave your mouth feeling good. Personal Care section I ordered the mouthwash from her is was less expensive. They also have a Xylital spray and tooth paste.


Dear MG

Thanks for your feed back on these products. I have tried to find products that are more natural but so far unsuccessful. The products I recommend work in multiple ways Closys is not only a pH balanced pre-rinse that protects teeth from tooth brush abrasion but it works amazingly well to eliminate bad breath and periodontal pocketing.

I would love the items to be "natural" but my over-riding goal is perfect dental health. The products I recommend used in the way I recommend are the only way that I know to achieve this.

I am a clinical dentist. My system was not developed in a laboratory. My system was developed in the dental office working with patients.

I used to interview all my patients sometimes 60 patients a day asking questions and LOOKING at their teeth. I saw the same patients year after year and noted changes in their oral health good and bad. I am a pediatric and a geriatric dentist. I have 35 years of dedication to preventive care. I have tried products on my own teeth and tried many other products (including the one you suggest).

I always come back to the system that I recommend on my website.

Of course you can use whatever you like. This is why there are so many choices out there.
I cannot persuade anyone to stay with my system.

If you want to experiment I would suggest that first you achieve perfect oral health, if you do not have this already.

My idea of perfect oral health is:
No plaque build up (I have had one dental cleaning in twenty years)
No new cavities for at least two years (I have not had any fillings replaced or cavities in forty years)
Your teeth that look and feel great and have an A+ grade at the dentist.

If you already fit this profile then try my system for a week or two.
Now you will have a benchmark to compare what you are doing.
Any changes you make will make your mouth feel better or worse.

My teeth are shiny and comfortable.
When I tried out a new xylitol toothpaste I could not stand the sensation. It was gritty and seemed to scratch my teeth.
The paste had xylitol in it but its abrasive factor was all wrong. Some less abrasive pastes do not clean teeth well a toothpaste has to be just right to remove plaque but not scratch teeth.

I hope I have explained why I stick with my system so doggedly.
I have never found alternatives to replace the products I recommend.
I have tried most of the pastes and rinses especially those made with natural products and discounted them all.

Of course you can use anything you like.
You can trust the package but the proof of a product is really determined by using it clinically for a long period of time.

I would make sure that you do not accept anything less than a goal of perfect oral health.
Never accept the myth that cavities "happen" or that people have soft teeth syndrome or aging teeth.

Good luck and thanks for sending me all the links and suggestions.
I wish I could tell you there were perfect products out there.

You could take some comfort in the fact that we are not eating these pastes and rinses!
Dental Health for Everyone!
26, Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

Tooth Pain with Sugar / Xylitol

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I am interested in trying your xylitol products for building up healthy teeth and protection from cavities, however whenever I eat sugar or anything sweet my teeth hurt very badly. I tried the last few days putting xylitol granules in my mouth and swishing them around and I got the same terrible tooth pain that I get when I eat white sugar. Have you ever heard of anyone with tooth pain from xylitol? Does this mean that it could be hurting my teeth? Thanks!!


Hi S,

Pain when eating sugar usually happens if you have porous or weak tooth enamel ( which could be on the root of a tooth exposed to the mouth). When you eat sugar mouth bacteria form acids.
It is the acidity that causes teeth to hurt and it is the acids which eat away at the tooth surface making it weaker and even more sensitive.

Xylitol can rid your mouth of these bacteria and their acids and in if you eat it often enough xylitol will stop bacteria forming acids in your mouth. Xylitol can even help put minerals back into your teeth and make them stronger and less sensitive.

First I would make sure that the xylitol granules you are eating are pure xylitol and not a mix of xylitol with anything else. I would also try to make sure you have birch xylitol it seems to be the purest, and this may be an issue if your teeth are so sensitive.

Personally I would like to know more about WHY your teeth are so sensitive.
Do you use whitening products or drink acidic drinks?

If you wanted my advice I would get you to use my Complete Mouth Care System as soon as possible. At very least I would have you rinsing with ACT as soon as possible at least three times a day. I think that Zellies gum would be the gentlest way to give your teeth xylitol but any Zellies products would work. Later you can try using other forms of xylitol when your teeth become stronger and less sensitive.

Let me know if you need some help getting started.
Good luck,

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Zellies Origin

Dear Dr. Ellie: 

Can you please tell me where Zellies mints and gum are made? I couldn't find this info on the site. 

Thank you!


Dear C,

The chewing gum is made in Scandinavia from birch and hardwood xylitol and the mints are made in the USA.

The information is low on this page you will see it if you scroll down!

Zellies are delicious!
Thank you for your question.

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


Hi Ellie,

Our package arrived today, thanks very much. My daughter loves the mint chocolate and grapefruit vanilla gum, I got a big hug and a “you’re the best mom ever”. Who would have thought I could feel so good about giving my kids candy and gum!

Thanks again for everything that you do.


Waterpic & Closys

Dear Dr. Ellie. 

I have gum problem do you think I would benefit from using a water pic? If so, should I add Closys and if so, how much (and how often)?

Again, many thanks.

Be well,


Dear Ted,

Some people like the Water Pic to help conquer gum problems and it seems to help them.

If you do decide to use it, I would put the Closys into the machine and use it before brushing. You can use the Closys undiluted. It will use quite a bit of your expensive solution but it may be very effective this way.

You could dilute the Closys but I wonder if it would be as effective.

My suggestions would be to use the water pic with Closys on alternating days. Use it once a day maybe when you clean your teeth in the evening (if that is when you have the most time to use it.) This way you will soon know if it makes a difference and which method "feels" the best to you.

Once you have regained your gum health you may not need to use the water pic any more.
We have reports of pocketing up to 10 mm getting better with regular use of Closys. It took about 6 months and this patient never needed treatment.

Good luck and please let me know how things progress, Remember to keep your toothbrush very clean at all times!


Tooth Sensitivity

Hi Dr. Ellie:

I am back from my trip to PA and wanted to give you an update.

-->20 days using rinses and crest
-->13 days using Zellies

Thanks to you, I have noticed a slight improvement. The cold sensitivity is not "shocking" as it was, but there is still a slight reaction to cold. But then again, I am not eating on that side yet. Had a teaspoon of ice cream last week and of course the tooth reacted but only for a split second. But if I put the rinses on it, no reaction. If I drink water, no reaction. Is that a good sign?

How much longer do you think before I see more improvement. Will the cold sensitivity continue to decrease?

No reaction to HOT.

I just read in my local paper an article on teeth with large amalgam fillings. It said that molars with large fillings will develop vertical and horizontal cracks in the teeth near the cusps. Eventually, the cracks can go deeper into the tooth root and the tooth will need to be pulled, or need root canal. Can you just briefly tell me what this means? Is this why I am having a problem all of sudden on this one tooth, which also happens to have a large filling in it, (filling was done years ago) I do not want another extraction. I know last December the xrays showed nothing wrong with the tooth, and the dentist told me that it was just a sensitive tooth and said that nothing can be done. (I guess he didn't know about your system!)

I love the mint zellies. they are great.


Hi M,

Your report of less sensitivity to cold is a very good sign. Ice cream only a small reaction wow!
I would expect another three weeks on the program should be enough for you to forget those sensitive days.

You will need to continue the rinses and eating some xylitol to constantly protect your teeth especially if you have acidic saliva. Personally, I depend on Zellies. Without them I would have sensitive teeth my own saliva is often acidic. This would quickly damage my teeth without the protection that comes from xylitol.

Large fillings are embedded into a tooth. I describe them looking like a brick in a wall , surrounded by a thin layer of cement. Problems start when the cement layer dissolves away.

This happens if acidity in your mouth dissolves the cement layer. Mouth acidity dissolves the cement and also damages the thin surrounding tooth enamel that supports this filling.

Once the enamel and the cement have chipped or dissolved away, the filling is left "floating" without a seal around it (imagine a brick that has lost its surrounding mortar).

Liquids can flow down the channel between the filling and the tooth (where the cement used to be) and stagnate underneath the filling right by the nerve of the tooth. This is why the nerve gets involved and the decay will continue UNDER the filling. As the filling sinks deeper into the softened tooth it will crack the tooth and often this is when a tooth's life is over and it needs to be extracted.

The good news is that if you use using healing mouth rinses and xylitol you will encourage minerals to pack holes in your teeth and build back strength into weak places even under a filling. As the liquids travel down into open spaces they will help heal, repair and stop the disease process.

You need all the ingredients in my system to make this happen: without the rinses the xylitol may take too long to deal with the damage. Without xylitol the harmful bacteria could continue to live in the deeper tooth layers. You need it all the rinses combined with xylitol will give you amazing results.

I await your report from your next six month check up!

Take care,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monosodium Phosphate

Hi Ellie,

I just read in a health mailing I received that monosodium phosphate is good for rebuilding tooth enamel. Do you have any knowledge about this substance?

thank you.


Dear F,

In order to rebuild tooth enamel the process requires calcium and phosphate minerals, however these minerals are available in our saliva. The process that I recommend for tooth care uses mouth rinses and xylitol to encourage these minerals to go into your teeth by adjusting the pH of the mouth and also stimulating mineral rich saliva to flow around your teeth.

If you rinse with the dilute sodium fluoride (ACT) solution, it works as a catalyst to encourage these minerals into your teeth to rebuild them. The longer the dilute solution of sodium fluoride is in contact with the tooth surface, the more minerals will flow into the tooth. This is why I recommend using ACT at the end of the mouth rinse system.

When you spit out the ACT rinse, a residue remains in the pits and fissures of the tooth surface the very places where teeth crumble and crack. ACT has always been my favorite dilute sodium fluoride rinse because of its so-called "inactive" ingredients. It appears that these inactive ingredients make ACT residue to flow around the tooth surface and help the liquid linger a little longer on the tooth.

If you just used a solution of sodium fluoride it would wash off the tooth surface quicker and not be as effective.

Xylitol also helps rebuild teeth in the deeper layers. Xylitol helps move calcium and phosphates from the saliva in your mouth (they naturally occur in the mouth liquids) into your teeth.

I am happy with the system that I recommend and do not believe that there is much to improve it. I know some studies from years ago that compared sodium fluoride with sodium monoflourophosphate and found the simple sodium fluoride compound was much more effective.

I am always interested to help you find the way through this confusing jungle!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Why Closys?

Hi Ellie,

I saw the Closys rinse on your site. Should I be using this, too?

I already feel like things are changing in my mouth. My husband said that my teeth look a little brighter these last couple of days.

Take care,


Dear A.,

I recommend Closys for several reasons:

-->Closys (when used before tooth brushing) will help prevent tooth brush abrasion (see notes below about tooth brush abrasion)

-->Closys (when used without adding the flavor) appears to lift bacteria from periodontal pockets around teeth

-->Closys helps control bad breath
Closys adds a special boost to the CWT system that I recommend. Those who use it as part of my system just love the results!

Tooth Brush Abrasion
Tooth brush abrasion has recently become a buzz word in the dental world.
It is easy to damage or rub away delicate tooth enamel during tooth brushing (the dental word for this rubbing away is "abrasion").

If your enamel has been softened by something acidic it will be especially easily rubbed away.
Remember that your mouth will be acidic after drinking something that is acidic (fruit juice, apple juice, soda, diet soda, Gatorade, wine, coffee, beer etc). Your mouth can also be acidic if you have acidic saliva or if you have acid-reflux problems.

There are many people who have acidic saliva people under stress or anyone who is sick or on a mineral-deficient diet.

Women over the age of 30 often have acidic saliva.

Anyone with hormonal imbalance (teens) or anyone with a dry mouth (medications, stress, sickness etc) will be prone to acidic saliva.

In other words, this means that most people with adult teeth need to be careful about mouth acidity!

If you brush your teeth when they are "acid-softened" they will be easily worn down or abraded.
Closys is acid-neutral so it is a perfect Pre-Rinse to use before brushing your teeth. The goal for dental health is to build up dental enamel to the thickest and strongest possible.
Thick and strong tooth enamel will be shiny and whiter-looking.

For these reasons I recommend every adult should use an acid-neutral rinse BEFORE tooth brushing. I guess you could rinse with salt water, xylitol water or eat a Zellie mint before brushing. Those things would work and would make your mouth alkaline. (Beware: baking soda makes the mouth alkaline, BUT I do not EVER recommend using baking soda because I believe it can cause serious gum recession.)

Closys has additional benefits besides protecting your teeth from tooth brush abrasion.
Closys is quite hard to find in stores and is relatively expensive.
You have to decide your priorities.

If you have any signs of gum disease, morning breath or bleeding when you brush, I would suggest you definitely choose Closys as your pre-rinse. I usually send people to Walgreens as they have a good price. Ask the manager of your local Walgreens to stock the larger 32 oz size (and ask them to stock Zellies and put them on the same shelf!!)

If you add Closys into your routine, use it before brushing and swish it around your teeth particularly around the back molars. You do not need a lot so one big bottle will last a long time.

I will soon be offering small travel size bottles of Closys on the website.
Personally I cannot live without this rinse! But I would add a side note: I do not recommend Closys toothpaste I only recommend Crest Original paste.

Hope this helps!
I am delighted to have your progress reports!

Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods,
Rochester NY 14623

CWT System Questions

Dear Dr. Ellie:

First, thanks for being there and for answering questions.

I just got my order yesterday Closys and Zellies mints. How important is using the Listerine and the ACT neither of which I now have?

Many thanks,

Hi TH,

My "system" was created to help three kinds of people. Those looking for:

1.) Maintenance and general prevention:
2.) Those at risk for gum problems or who have (or have had )gum disease such as plaque build up, bad breath, bleeding, recession, periodontal problems, loose teeth.. etc.
3.) Those at risk for tooth problems or who have or have had cavities, broken teeth, worn teeth, staining, sensitivity etc

I believe that everyone can benefit from the prevention that xylitol offers:
Xylitol will 'clean' up your mouth from gum disease plaque and cavity-producing bacteria. (It takes six months eating 7 grams a day minimum)

Xylitol protects teeth from acidity and helps put minerals back into their structure to heal teeth.(Whenever you eat it)

I would advise adults to use the entire rinse system but there are certain "parts" of this system that focus on specific dental health issues:

Closys helps those in group (2) especially those with EXISTING gum problems, bad breath, plaque build up, periodontal problems etc.

Listerine helps PREVENT FUTURE gum problems (but I do not think that Listerine improves an existing gum problem you need Closys for that). Listerine "cleans" toothpaste off your teeth and makes ACT work more efficiently by "prepping" the teeth ready for this final rinse. I would never leave Listerine on teeth.

ACT is a protective and remineralizing rinse. This works best for those with the last group of problems (3).

The dilute sodium fluoride in ACT will help repair the outer layers of your teeth, make teeth shine, and make teeth more resistant to acid attacks. I believe that this is important as we age, for those with a dry mouth and for anyone with an acidic mouth. Used after Listerine, ACT works particularly well.

I would suggest using all the above but I guess if you wanted to select only one it would depend on what your problems are.

I hope this explains why we have three rinses!


Baking with Xylitol

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I was interested in using the xylitol for baking. Does 1 cup of xylitol equal one cup of granular sugar?


Dear VT:

Karen Edwards is the guru of baking with xylitol.
She says that you can use equal amounts. Here is a link to her book on Amazon.

Hope this helps!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

White Spots and Cavities after Pregnancy

Hello Dr. Ellie:

Your product sounds like it is for me. But I need to make sure I get everything I need to solve the problem.

I had a baby last year and after I had her I starting noticing these white spots coming on my teeth. It started with my bottom two teeth and now is spreading to other teeth, including my other two bottom teeth and a lot of my other teeth.

I had went to the dentist last year and they said it was de-calcification. But with the economy in the shape it is we are soo tight on money and I haven't been back since. So what do I need to make sure this doesn't get worse it only gets better. I am concerned that my teeth are going to start looking bad.

I also get cavities really easy so I need something for that problem too.

Do you have any idea why I got like this after having a baby??????

Thanks soo much
Maiden NC


This product is definitely for you!

I would also suggest that you use ACT mouth rinse at least twice a day and eat some Zellies after every meal and snack. Make sure that you never use any products containing whitening ingredients no peroxide or baking soda even in toothpastes. Avoid products for sensitive teeth.

My suggestion would be use regular Crest toothpaste to clean your teeth and then rinse with ACT. You should get Zellies 100 percent xylitol mints or gum at least try them and find out how much you like them! They will protect your teeth after the things you eat or drink.

I wonder what you drink most of the time check into that even sugarless drinks are acidic.
If you drink something acidic you must eat Zellies to protect your teeth otherwise this decalcification will get worse.

It sounds as if you may have a drier than normal mouth.
Do you have allergies or asthma?

Zellies and ACT will help you quickly restore some of this strength to your teeth.
Start with this and then when you are ready add the other mouth rinses to the program.
You will be glad you did!
Good luck,

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

Monday, October 13, 2008

Is it working?

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have been chewing Xylitol gum for about 2 months after finding your website. However, I'm not sure if I had the recommended 6.5 grams or more each day. If I only had about 4-5 grams a day is there any benefit? or did I just waste time and money for the past 2 months? 

Thank you,

Dear C,

Xylitol works in different ways:

Helpful benefit #1
Every time you eat a piece of gum you are helping your teeth harden themselves. This happens because xylitol stimulates calcium rich saliva into your mouth and this raises the pH levels in your mouth to exactly the correct pH for remineralization of teeth to occur. The more you harden teeth the better! (never wasted).

As far as effect you have to out-balance the amount of damage you are doing to your teeth.
If you are someone with a lot of "risk factors" or you sip soda or acidic drinks all day your teeth will need a lot of help!

If you have a healthy mouth with plenty of natural mineral-rich saliva four pieces of gum is probably enough to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Beware "risk factors" spring up on us( for more details read The Power of Xylitol Book available on my website!)

Helpful benefit #2
Xylitol works by slowly wiping out the bacteria of dental disease the critters that cause gum disease and cavities. For this you DO need at least 6.5 grams of xylitol each day and if you have dental disease in your mouth ONLY that level will eradicate the problem. They have research to show that at 10 grams a day you reach a "plateau" effect in other words more xylitol will not make more bacteria go away.

If you have gum disease that is not improving check your the amount you are regularly consuming. If you are still having cavities check your the amount you are regularly consuming.

If your teeth are still sensitive check your risk factors in other words the reasons you have damage to your teeth and try to balance this damage with repair!

I hope this answers your question.

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

Mouthcare System

Dear Dr Ellie,

Thank you so much for your time, information and help on Saturday. I went to Walmart to get the products you told me about. I bought the ACT brand. Is the Equate Wal-Mart brand ok? I saw that it has the same fluoride, and amount as ACT.

Also, do I need to rinse with the Listerine?

Lastly, are the "natural" toothpastes that have fluoride in them too abrasive? I have seen one before with sodium fluoride.

Sunday night I used the ACT and felt like I could not get rid of the taste. Should I take any xylitol after this before bed?

Again, thank you so much for all your time.


Dear AS,

I never suggest substitutions for the real deal.

ACT contains a perfect blend of ingredients and other ingredients that add a "cling' to the solution. These make it work better than sodium fluoride alone. These ingredients cause ACT to linger long and the longer the solution is against the tooth the better job it will do. I tried Equate and some other "similar" products and I do not believe they will work the same.

I do not like the new Restore products either.

You ask about the Listerine.
You can use whatever you like but if you want the results I wish for you you need to get all the ingredients just right. I think you need to start with the recommended products so that then you will know the difference if you make substitutions. This is how I noticed the "scratching" from the xylitol toothpaste I tried. Yes, this paste contained xylitol but it was far too abrasive.

My system has been developed slowly as a clinical dentist.
This is different from recommendations made by a salesperson for a branded product.

I noticed people who had nice teeth and asked them what they were using. I noticed people who had bad teeth and asked them what they were using. I realized recently that people using Sensodyne were not achieving the results they should. It then dawned on me that the way Sensodyne and ProHealth work they were preventing the system for working properly.

I only recommend things that work. When used in the order and used twice a day you will see results. If you use ACT and xylitol you will see some improvement it may not be as much but it will make a difference.

Good luck I know that it is difficult to gain the confidence you need.
I need to put you in touch with others who have crossed into this "not exactly holistic" territory. Keep thinking how important oral health is for general health. What is the point of using an herbal product that does not work?

Take care,

Question about "Tooth Soap"

Hi Dr. Ellie, 

I came across this: What do you think? I would love your opinion! Also, is Colgate Total toothpaste more beneficial for periodontal disease than Crest Original? Apparently it contains Triclosan (an anti-microbial) and is the only FDA approved toothpaste known to help cure gingivitis. Let me know about Tooth Soap vs. Colgate Total vs. Crest Original. Thank you!

Dear KL,

Do a Google search :
Type in Triclosan and Chlorine (there is always chlorine in the tap water you use to clean your teeth) You will find that Triclosan + Chlorine = chloroform.

I recommend only regular Crest toothpaste and my system!

Remember also that Colgate purchased Toms of Maine!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Periodontal Problems

Dear Ellie:

I have purchased $100 worth of your products but I have a question. Should I suck on the Zellies mints or chew them? Also, if I use the Xylitol sweetener, should that be held in my mouth or could I just add it to my coffee and drink as normal?

I am nearly 74 with some periodontal problems. My dentist wants to do "deep" cleaning but I do not want that if I can avoid it with your products.

Many thanks,


Dear TSH,

It is best to use some xylitol AFTER everything you eat or drink.

It does not matter if you chew or suck the Zellies either way will work.

It is the sugary solution of xylitol in your mouth that is going to help you. I would suggest a mint or two after each meal and snack or after any drink or cup of coffee.

It is OK to add granular xylitol to your drinks - but you will get more benefit to your teeth if you make xylitol the last thing on your teeth after eating or drinking.

Are you using the other products I recommend for cleaning your teeth? The Closys is wonderful for periodontal problems when you use it in the routine I suggest.

Let me know if you need more help.

Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods,
Rochester NY 14623

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Xylitol Sinus Rinse

Dear Dr. Ellie:

How much granular xylitol would you recommend using with 1 cup of water in a neti pot? Does your dental care system help someone who has false teeth?


Dear GM,

I am most familiar with the Xlear Nasal Wash Product. This is a xylitol solution in a spray bottle.

Xlear Nasal Wash is claimed to fight infection, hydrate sinuses and soothe irritation. With the amazing results I have seen from xylitol oral use, I can believe in this product. I do not know the concentration they use but the ingredients are water, xylitol, saline and grapefruit seed extract. My son used this product a while ago and was very pleased.

Your second question:
Zellies will be great for anyone with dentures.
Zellies are quick dissolving mints and they refresh your mouth and help eliminate any harmful bacteria as well as being anti-fungal.

Many people get slimy film and fungal infections under their dentures and at the corners of their mouth. Zellies (eat one or two after every meal) will keep your mouth fresh and help prevent these problems. Zellies come in mint flavor (refreshing) or fruity (for those who do not like mint).

Thanks for your question I hope this helps.
Ellie Phillips
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623

What to do with Crest Pro Health

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have Crest Pro Health toothpaste (I did buy regular Crest for the complete system) but can I use that until it's gone? I'm trying to get rid of the stains on my teeth that are there now.

Why do you recommend regular Crest toothpaste?


Hi CC,
Thanks for the contact address.

I would put your Pro Health somewhere else not in your mouth! Personally, I put the free samples sent to my dental office address straight into the garbage!
I would not even give them away!

Crest Pro Health acts a bit like Spackle. It works to blocks up holes in teeth.
The problem is we want to put minerals back into any holes in your teeth. If they are already blocked up with a tin (stannous) compound it will prevent you putting back the minerals which will strengthen and naturally whiten your teeth. You see tooth color is all about how strong your teeth are. (By the way Sensodyne is similar and seems to prevent the healing and full recovery we are trying to achieve with this system).

The stannous fluoride product in ProHealth is different from the sodium fluoride used in regular Crest. Stannous fluoride is well known for staining teeth. If you ready the tiny print all over the toothpaste box I think you will read this. Many people are also sensitive to this product and complain about mouth soreness.

Regular Crest was made in the days when they were trying to make you the best possible toothpaste. Today I wonder what the motivation is definitely marketing to the public's desire for white teeth not healthy teeth.

Regular Crest is made in America. It has just the right amount of abrasiveness not too abrasive. Some toothpastes even ones made with xylitol for example can be too scratchy and not helpful despite one or two good ingredients.

So I will stick to my guns!
Crest Regular Paste or no paste at all!

Remember to use only a clean toothbrush.
Hope this helps.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tooth Whitening

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I am on your
system now for almost 3 weeks and love it and will not ever stop.

However, I would like to know if you would approve of me using a tooth whitening pen called "Brite Smile". It is sold on QVC. If I was careful not for the product to touch my gums, do you think that it is a safe product to whiten the teeth a little quicker?

I came very close to buying a tooth whitening system that had trays from my Dentist. He said it would take 2 weeks. However, I knew the whitening solution would touch my gums and perhaps damage my teeth so I changed my mind. I have seen the Brite Smile Pen on QVC and thought maybe that would be a little safer.

Please advise. I trust your opinion very much.

Thank you in advance,

Dear STN,

Here are some facts:
-- Tooth enamel is colorless.
-- The color of a tooth is reflected from its surface you know how a hard and mineral-rich diamond sparkles brighter.
-- The softer your tooth the yellower or darker it will look.
-- The harder the surface of your tooth the brighter( whiter) it will look.

Natural Hardening of young teeth is called Maturation:
Every new tooth that erupts into a child's mouth will initially be soft and so it will look dull and yellow. There is a process of natural hardening for a new tooth that dentists call "maturation".
It takes about a year for minerals that are present in the saliva in the mouth to go into the surface of the tooth building its strength and making it hard and whiter.

The use of xylitol and my mouth rinse system encourages this same process to occur but it is able to stimulate this natural remineralization in mature teeth of any age adult. The products I suggest simply enhance this same natural process. The system I recommend stimulates and encourages minerals to go into your teeth . This system and the use of xylitol makes mouth conditions suitable for this natural mineralization process to occur.

This system is designed to stimulate remineralization every time you use the mouth rinse system AND every time you eat some xylitol at the end of a meal or during the day when your mouth is dry. This is how you can naturally brighten (whiten) your teeth.

The worst feature of my system is that it takes time you should continue to see whitening up to two or three years after using the system. I do not know anything about the product you mention. It may work but I do not know how it works.

Most whitening products etch the outer layer of your enamel. Etching enamel takes away the hardness by taking away minerals from the enamel. (This reverses the process we are trying to encourage!)

Etching enamel opens up holes or pores to allow the peroxide bleach to go into them.
The bleaching agent then travels through the softened enamel to bleach the underlying yellow part of the tooth  the dentin layer. In the dentin layer there are live cells that are easily damaged they may even be altered and changed by this process. This is very worrisome to me.

I would encourage you to be patient. Get your calendar and find a date that is three months away. Check your teeth on that date. If you think they look whiter with my system then I would keep going another 3 months. If they still look very yellow then you may want to try a one time bleach knowing that this will weaken your teeth.

If you do decide to bleach your teeth I would encourage you to get right back on the system to build back the strength and brightness into them as quickly as possible.
It is hard to be patient and maybe you cannot wait.

I wish I could tell you what to do, but my experience is telling patients how to brighten and strengthen their teeth safely and slowly with over-the-counter mouth rinses.

Good luck I hope this helps,
Ellie Phillips, DDS

Sunday, October 05, 2008


***We love hearing your news. Feel free to send us your testimonials any time!

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I went to my Dentist today because he needed to make another impression so that my partial can get started. I had just seen my Dentist last week. He asked me to open my mouth. Immediately he said to me. "Wow, you certainly have been working hard at keeping your teeth and gums clean, keep up the great work." I have only been on your system for 2 weeks and it has already made a tremendous difference in my teeth and gums. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. I received my package of xylitol and other goodies today. They arrived so fast. Also, thank you for your little surprise gift. I will be telling as many people as possible about your xylitol. You are truly an inspiration and "An Angel".

Blessings for you,

Friday, October 03, 2008

CWT System and a dental partial

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I wrote you a few days ago about my receding gums and I thank you for your response. I just recently had 4 extractions on the bottom row (middle), all in a row, due to the roots showing completely and one of the teeth was so loose that it had to come out. It has been a little over 20 days since the extractions. I have been using sea salt rinses so that the gums can completely heal because I am having a "partial" put in to replace my lost teeth. 

I am extremely anxious to get started on your complete system and was wondering when I should start. Also, I had a dental cleaning 3 weeks ago however my teeth still look yellow in some areas and they are not as white and clean looking as I would like. I have already had an "impression" done but it is not the final one. I am excited about having some teeth. I am wondering how my teeth, the new partial and your system will work together, since, the color of the partial will be matched up with the color of my teeth as they are now. When your system starts lightening my teeth, how will the partial look over time? I have already purchased your whole system with the exception of the xylitol, which I will be ordering from you today. I cannot thank you enough for your wealth of information and your deep concern for great dental health! 

With Blessings, 

Dear A.,

I think salt water is great for healing tissues. When I worked in Switzerland we used to encourage patients to eat fresh pineapple for a week before surgery to help speed healing. I know some other dentist who have suggested this and seen great results.

I do not see any reason why you cannot start on the system now that your gums are healed over. I would use the system twice a day. Start with the xylitol as soon as you can.
The combination of xylitol and the ACT will strengthen your teeth and this is why they will start to look whiter.

Tooth enamel looks yellow when it is soft.
Having "cleanings" can remove some staining but the process often removes the harder layer of the tooth. Hard teeth are whiter teeth, so "cleanings" do not really make teeth look whiter.
If people notice their teeth are darkening they should take action to reduce acidity in their mouths by eating xylitol after everything they eat and drink.

Xylitol helps to put minerals into the deeper layers of the tooth surface.
ACT mouth rinse helps put minerals into the outer layer.

I would use the system regularly and at least twice a day starting as soon as you can.
When they take a color match for your partial ask your dentist to go a shade lighter tell him you are working to keep your teeth healthier and believe that they will lighten up a little more. Of course the longer you can wait for this color match to occur the betterbut I am sure you do not want to go around for long without a partial in the front. I think you will be happy with the results in the end.

Good luck and let me know if I can help more.
Ellie Phillips, DDS

Gum Irritation

Dear Dr. Ellie, 

I have been on your System for almost 1 month. I use the exact products you suggest. I just started using your Xylitol mints about 1 week ago. My mouth and teeth have been feeling clean and fresh without any plaque buildup since I started.

However, within the past several days I have noticed that my gums are very soft and tender and irritated. They are not bleeding though. I have receding gums and the System seems to aggravate it more so.

I am not sure if the cause could be that I am leaving the Listerine in my mouth too long or perhaps it could be the Act or the Xylitol. Are my gums just trying to heal themselves or do you feel I could have a sensitivity to one of the products?

Please tell me what your thoughts are and advice.

I will be looking forward to your reply. Thank you in advance.


Dear AL,

I can assure you that the Closys, Crest, Zellies and ACT will not cause sensitivity.

All these products are gentle and work a bit like lotion works on dry skin they are healing in the way they work.

Listerine can be aggressive just like it tastes! Listerine cleans the mouth but you may be feel some sensitivity depending on the amount of root surface that it touches. I would suggest diluting the Listerine that you use maybe 50-50 with water and shorten your use time.
dilute Listerine will still be useful but this way it may feel better.

I would not suggest that you give up the Listerine use it dilute followed by ACT. The longer you keep ACT in your mouth the better. ACT behaves like healing lotion while it is in contact with your teeth. This is why we use ACT it last thing in the routine and try not to eat or drink for at least half an hour.

I think you will find this solves any sensitivity problems.

Ellie Phillips, DDS

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

The CWT System

Hi Dr. Ellie,

After I read your directions forthe CWT System over a few times it hit me that the only thing I may not be doing correctly is the listerine part. I use enough closys to squeeze in and out of my teeth for a minute before the brushing and end w/ enough ACT to squeeze in and out for a minute after the listerine. But I don't think I was using enough listeirne to squeeze in and out for 30 seconds after the brushing.

This morning I tried using more listerine and it felt like it was "working". I finished up w/ ACT and thought I solved the problem and was getting the full effect of the routine. But, around 5 minutes later I had a lot of discomfort in a reseeded area (inside of the bottom middle teeth area) like the sensitivity I remember a few years ago when I tried bleaching strips. It was pretty much active on and off the whole day. I've never experienced any sensitivity from your routine so I'm wondering if I need to play w/ the amount of listerine and try to reduce it so I get just enough to squeeze thru my teeth. Or have you had reports that this happens sometimes when people are getting used to using the routine correctly. Any thoughts?



Dear L,

I would say take a "Zellie" (even after cleaning your teeth) if or when you feel sensitivity.

Think of ACT and Zellies as "moisturizer" for teeth.
The more sensitive your teeth the more you need a drop of lotion on them!

ACT is healing on the very outside of a tooth but xylitol goes down a little deeper into the surface building minerals down into the structure. This is why I believe you need both ACT and Zellies for achieving and maintaining perfect teeth.

Nerve endings are in the inside of a tooth, surrounded by soft dentine and harder enamel.
The enamel can develop porosity and have holes or pores in it. (Whitening strips open up these pores (holes) to let the peroxide go deep inside to bleach the soft yellower dentine layer. ....I won't start ranting about white strips here!

My system of tooth care is based on the idea of naturally blocking off any holes in your enamel with natural minerals. My concept uses natural minerals from your own mouth. Sensodyne and ProHealth products work like spackle to fill these holes. These products may work for a time but this is not a natural repair and sooner or later it will fail then your sensitivity will return. I prefer a natural repair that will build strength into your teeth as nature intended.

Xylitol and ACT do not "do" anything to your teeth they simply work as instigators (kind of project managers!) to make minerals from your mouth go into your teeth. Xylitol works a little differently from the ACT. Xylitol puts minerals deeper into the tooth layer closer to the inside which is why xylitol works really well for sensitive teeth. When this process is completed, the holes in your tooth will be blocked up with natural minerals. Now your own tooth will stop air and liquids from reaching these nerves inside the tooth naturally as nature intended!

As you know Listerine is very good at stopping gum disease. The problem with Listerine is that it dissolves som minerals out of teeth (because it is acidic). We have a dilemma should we use it to effectively help stop gum disease while knowing that it makes teeth more porous?

The answer comes by using my system. Using ACT after the Listerine can immediately reverse the damage and since ACT works best in an acidic mouth you end up with teeth that are even stronger than if you used the ACT alone. It is the perfect chemistry to use Listerine followed by ACT.

The only real difficulty comes if your teeth are too soft to deal with the Listerine because they have many holes in them. At this stage it will be a bit of a balance game until we get your teeth hardened up enough.

You may wnat to consider an extra ACT rinse (all by itself) at some point during the day. Also make sure at night while your mouth is dry that you have your teeth protected. Do you drink water during the night or wake up with a dry mouth? Zellies are here to help and protect your teeth during the night!

Another thought, do you take minerals for your body health? Do you eat calcium rich foods much? Have you tested your body pH? Any stress or hormonal changes leaches minerals from our body so women are often prone to sensitive teeth at these times.

Just thinking that you may need some extra help with extra minerals particularly calcium and potassium. USANA make an excellent mineral supplement kind of big to swallow but I swear by them.

Hope these are useful ideas. Every woman needs to understand that her own saliva can be her own worst enemy during stress and times of hormonal change. Our own saliva can become almost as acidic as Listerine. This is why women, in particular, need to use ACT and xylitol for dental protection.

This is what I do!
Have a great day,


Decaying Teeth and No Dental Insurance

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I am 21 years old and I currently do not have any dental insurance. I have three teeth that have decayed. The most obvious one is the one on my front tooth. It has decayed on the side in between the tooth. I have currently being using MI PASTE, oravive, which contains nova in to reverse this problem. I have currently starting using ACT. Is this decay reversible or is my only solution going to the dentist and getting fillings? Or will your system work and how long will it take to see progress? Will the enamel grow back or just harden? Any help that you can provide will be greatly appreciated. Please Help Me.

Thank You

Dear AL,

Teeth can heal themselves but it takes time 6 months to two years most likely.
You must be consistent in your care.

This is why I came up with a special program that makes your mouth feel very clean and fresh while at the same time it repairs and strengthens your teeth. You will love the clean feeling each time you use the rinses and eat the Zellies mints.

If you use this program it will help your teeth.

In the end, if you decide that your teeth do not look nice enough you can always go and have a filling put into the teeth. Any filling after you have been on this program will have a better chance of success and of lasting much longer maybe lasting for life.

I would suggest you try the CWT system. Buy a kit or take great care to make sure you are using the correct products.

It is vital to use only the specific mouth rinses and use them in the exact order. Using xylitol and the rinses I recommend will have a great result for you something you will feel in a matter of weeks.

MI paste is quite expensive. I have never needed to recommend it to my patients. Teeth can repair themselves with xylitol and ACT mouth rinse. Using the complete program can speed this repair and also helps heal gum problems. What do you have to loose?

Let me know if you need more help. I am away for a couple of days but would be happy to talk with you on the phone this weekend if you like (no charge).
Let me know.

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

Brushing During the Day

Hi, Dr. Ellie,

I have another question, if you don't mind. I so appreciated your help with my other issues! I have been using the CWT system morning and night, but I often like to brush once or twice during the day after meals as well. Is it okay to just use the Crest, without the rinses, for this? Or should I just use xylitol alone at these times?


Dear TP

I like to suggest Xylitol to protect teeth after eating and drinking but it is also fine to brush your teeth.

The only problem is brushing acid-softened teeth: that means brushing your teeth when you have just had an acidic drink.

Bulimics have stomach acids in their mouth and are warned not to brush their teeth because stomach acids soften tooth enamel.

It is important to rinse your mouth with water or eat some xylitol BEFORE brushing if you just had an acidic drink, or if your mouth tends to be acidic. The use of Closys in the "program" has various reasons one is because it is pH neutral and makes your mouth neutral before you start brushing.

If you are not using the Closys step be careful not to brush in an acidic mouth.

As far as which rinses to choose or not choose for those extra times each day (by the way, I think three times a day is enough. Use xylitol for the other one!) You force me to prioritize the system from a value added standpoint! You have to decide if your problems are mainly gum or tooth ones.

If you have gum problems of any kind (Recession, bleeding, bad breath, pocketing, loose teeth):
then I believe that Closys (unflavored and used before brushing) is your main ally.
A clean toothbrush is also essential if you are fighting gum disease (To clean a toothbrush: Swish the brush in Listerine, rinse under running water and air dry or use a UV sanitizer. Avoid storing near a toilet since bacteria plume into the air during a flush).

If you have weak teeth, brittle teeth, breaking teeth or fillings, teeth that wear away, staining or sensitivity:
I believe that ACT is your main ally.

ACT becomes a more powerful ally if you use it after brushing your teeth the last thing.
Using Listerine in between the brushing and ACT simply helps to magnify the effects of the ACT.

You can certainly just brush your teeth with Crest Original.

In fact, for those unable to purchase rinses for any reason, I recommend brushing with Crest, and then (before spitting out the paste) take one tablespoon of water into your mouth and make a slurry rinse from the remaining toothpaste.

So, the answer to your question depends on your dental problems.
Anyone will benefit from the Crest followed by a "slurry" rinse.
If you have the time to do another rinse choose the one that will help your dental problems the most.

Hope this answers your question!