Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Enamel Scratches from Hygienists

Hi Dr. Ellie,

At my last dental cleaning, there were significant stains behind my teeth. I get them there very easily. The hygienist was using the scraping tool and with considerable force was scraping the back of my tooth. I asked her what she was doing, she said "removing the stains from the back of your teeth". I said, "Does this hurt or scratch the enamel" and she gave me the typical line "no, your enamel is much stronger than these tools".

Well, I grabbed a LED pen light (powerful), took a mirror and placed it in my mouth and faced my mirror on the wall lights off except the pen light and what I saw horrified me. It's like someone who keyed a car there are scratches/craze lines perhaps everywhere horizontal, vertical. This is on all the laterals and incisors.

Is scraping to clean stains standard hygienist practice? I have craze lines everywhere. I'm hoping you'll tell me that your CWT will fix it all.

What is the best way to remove deep stains from your teeth - especially on the back. I've used your system and the stains back there do not remove. It is safer to bleach them or to have the removed and by what method? There are also chips. The teeth look like they need to get cleaned but the enamel damage has got me very scared. Is there any way to remineralize this mechanical damage the scratches and the craze lines?


Dear H,
Yes, you are correct I am going to refer you to using my system!

Repairs will occur naturally and slowly at the kind of speed that bones repair.
It takes a couple of months so check again in 8-10 weeks and you should start to see some improvements.

Stains are often plaque that has become discolored or it can be soft enamel that gets stained in the open spaces (You MUST read my new book to learn more about the structure of enamel)

You will understand that as your enamel naturally hardens it will resist staining.
It will become smooth so less plaque sticks to it and finally there will be less plaque bacteria to stick to your teeth.

Mouth acidity of any kind is the thing that starts staining.
Acidity can come from what you drink, eat or just acidic saliva (from stress or medications).
If you breathe through your mouth the exhaled air with CO2 in it becomes a source of acidity as it meets the moist tissues of your mouth.

So - what to do?
MY system !!!! plus lots of moments during the day when you nibble Zellies.
Make sure that after anything acidic (coffee, tea etc) you immediately eat a Zellie mint.
You could rinse your mouth with water and then eat one if the drink was dark in color (to protect your teeth at this time from absorbing the stain - since they are still soft). I also recommend making a "tooth wash" from granular xylitol (about a teaspoon) dissolved in water to sip after meals and drinks to wash away the liquids from your teeth....keep it with you all day long.

Use of Closys will help remove these surface stains.
The Crest toothpaste is just abrasive enough to remove plaque without scratching. The original Crest is make from silica of a perfect texture. (Many health food store and expensive pastes ( even ones with xylitol) are coarse and will also scratch teeth badly) aware there are so many hazards trust me please!!

Good luck and let me know how your teeth look in a few weeks.
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Better go with ACT

Dear Dr. Ellie:

Hi, just like to tell you I tried oral b fluoride rinse-fluorinse (Canada). I received ACT today and tried it. You are right it has this clingy feel, fluorinse does not-both have 0.05% sodium fluoride. Those who are using substitutes I would say the inactive ingredients are just as important as the active ingredients. Better to go with ACT.



Hi D,

I say over and over that you cannot just look at active ingredients it is sometimes inactive ingredients and sometimes a combination of factors......I keep saying the same thing... over and over! I am so glad you agree with me!

I think you will enjoy my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye which will be available in stores January 1st 2010 it explains lots of these things.

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Holiday!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Update after Crown

Ellie How are you? Well I had my crown inserted yesterday and all went well. During my appointment I brought up your system since he was amazed how well my teeth looked.

He said once you have restorations you really need to pay extra care to them. I said but I use these rinses! and I take xylitol he said, continue what you are doing obviously it is working.
I gave him your list of rinses and he told me that he is not really a big computer person, but will log on to check out the information. I told him tell your patients to try it for a few months - and then make your decision if it is all that it says it is. He agreed.

I told the dentist; I attribute my good dental health to Ellie she is wonderful and has helped me out when no one wanted to, or could. And that is the truth. You have been there for me every step of the way and I truly appreciate your advice and guidance. 

Will speak to you soon.


Dear M:

This sounds like a very happy ending!

I think if you continue to use the system, in five more months we will have your dentist convinced! Maybe he will order my book from Amazon and read it! Ha! you never know.....

Thanks for all the nice words I am delighted to be of help to you.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Best Wishes,

Granular Xylitol for Athletes

Dear Dr. Ellie,

While I always get an A++ from my dentist for oral hygiene, lately my fall checkups turn up some cavities. Part of the reason maybe that in the spring, summer and fall I ride a bicycle a lot, including some racing. 

To maintain energy with this kind of riding I drink a complex carbohydrate drink (Cytomax in my case). One drinks a little at a time so I have sugar water in my mouth over 6 hour periods many times. I have tried cutting back on the Cytomax and drinking more plain water. That had rather disastrous results in performance and actually safety in riding.

Question: do you think adding granular xylitol to the water bottle with the cytomax would help counteract the sugary environment. Or perhaps a water bottle with a solution of the granular xylitol and water that I could drink between sips of the Cytomax? If you think this might help I would appreciate an idea as to how much xylitol to add per, say, 8 oz of drink or water.

Thank you for your time,


I would think xylitol will be an asset for an athlete like you. Bodybuilders like xylitol because it helps preserve muscle

My immediate thought would be to put fruit Zellie mints into a salt pill container
I think they actually make them to attach to your bike. Zellies mints are quick dissolving
so crunch them up and they will be gone out of your mouth very quickly. I somehow think the fruit will be better taste with the drinks you drink.

I would imagine that Zellies mints would fit into a salt pill container and you could pop a mint after most of your drinks. If you take 18 mints during your ride it would still only be 9 grams of xylitol so this would be an easy and efficient way to "nibble' xylitol and protect your teeth.

In addition I would highly recommend that you consider using my Complete Mouth Care System of oral care morning and night. If you start this program immediately along with the Zellies mints to protect your teeth from the sugar drinks you may be able to reverse some of the damage. Cavities can heal themselves if you provide them with the correct conditions.

Good luck and although granular xylitol would be some use dissolved into the drink, it would not protect your teeth enough from the acidic and sweet conditions that are obviously damaging your teeth.

26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Is Polishing Safe for Teeth?

Dear Dr. Ellie,

My teeth were polished recently by my dentist to remove orthodontic cement. My tooth was smooth, but since then, my teeth have been sensitive and the tooth surface rough. Is polishing safe for the tooth enamel or does it remove enamel to some degree which causes this roughness? What should I do to have this roughness turn smooth should I have it polished with sort of paste, or instrument? I think my enamel is thin to begin with from age (I'm in my 40's and the orthodontic treatment and removing the adhesives/cement)?

I know she uses a Shofu Ceramiste Midi-Point #256B-FG Gritt Ultra and occasionally sandpaper disks from Moore Discs Garnet 5/8 or Sof-Lex from 3M or round carbide bur FG/ 1/4. Pastes she uses are Proxyt, Ivoclar Vivadent.

What do you suppose is the cause of this roughness?

Also...when I had my orthodontics removed, my enamel was what I perceive to be significantly damaged (I've sent close-up photos in a previous email). These include left over cement and resin, chips and ALL of my teeth suffered craze lines. Can the
CWT System remineralize craze lines to the point of disappearance or are they permanent. What about the chips, left over cement/resins and sticky products that appear to be stuck on the teeth despite the standard cleaning and polishing which has not improved this. Do I need a varnish, polishing, etc;? I'm concerned that the repair may actually cause damage, but I don't know. My enamel is in poor condition as you can see from the photos and the vertical craze lines very concerning to me.

Thank you.


Dear J,

I really cannot give you what you are looking for definite answers. I can only tell you stories of people who have turned soft and crumbly teeth into shiny, healthy enamel in about two years using my system.

Obviously mouth rinses cannot remove particles of old resin from the brackets but the system that I recommend will encourage natural healing the kind of healing that takes you slowly from where you are today to a better place tomorrow.The old extra resin is annoying but if it were me I would probably postpone having this removed for at least a couple of months. Remember that teeth are like bones and have a regeneration capability similar to bone. Outer tooth surface, in particular, can heal if you combine xylitol and the kind of fluoride in ACT (especially when used in the system that I recommend).

Yesterday one of my friends (who recently started on my system) went to her dentist. He told her the rinses I recommend were not strong enough. He sold her paste for $30 and made an appointment for her to see another dentist. What can I say? I cannot get between a dentist and the patient nor can I diagnose over the Internet even with excellent pictures like yours.

I have nothing to "sell" my friend except advice that I totally believe in along with thousands of others who enjoy improved oral health. If I were her I would return the paste for a refund and get on my system of care immediately and exactly the way I recommend.

I can say that if I looked at your teeth with your mouth open in my dental office, I would give you the same advice that I give on the Internet to everyone. IF YOU ARE DILIGENT and use the sequence of rinses in the order I suggest every twelve hours, and nibble Zellies mints and gum throughout the day after EVERY SINGLE thing that you eat or drink I believe you will FEEL enough difference before the end of the year to become a believer.

I specify Zellies because I don't know if the other brands will give the same results the results I describe are from people doing what I have just described the sequence of very ordinary rinses and Zellies.....but every day, all day...exactly as described.

I will try to call you later today
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Broken tooth...what to do?

Dear Dr. Ellie:

Thank you so much for personally writing back to me regarding fluoride rinse. It was informative and helped me. I am on your system of rinses and while I was in Rochester I purchased zellies at Wegmans. I am using only the products you recommend.

I have a situation with one of my teeth and I am trying to choose the best option. I have a tooth that has a large filling in it. About a month ago, a very tiny piece of tooth broke off. At the time, I thought I had lost a filling. After going to the dentist, and having it x-rayed, he told me it was actually a tiny piece of tooth. He gave me two options: 

Option 1: Restore the tooth with a filling or

Option #2 : Cover the tooth with a crown. He told me he did not recommend option #1 as he was concerned the tooth could crack in the future without the protection of a crown. He said most of the tooth is a filling. He also sounded like the was concerned the tooth already had a crack but he could not see it. He also told me the root in my tooth is calcified and looked like the root of a 70 year old! I don't know why but could it be because of such a large restoration being done in the past? He said it was very deep and wondered if I had had a pulpectomy done. I'm not sure what a pulpectomy is.

I have not known what is the best option for this tooth. The Dentist also pointed out that if I needed a root canal it could be difficult because of the calcification. Also, if there is a crack and it has gone into the root, he said I would lose the tooth. I went back to the dentist this past week for a cleaning. The dental hygienist took bitewing x-rays and told me I better do something about the tooth in question soon because she said she saw dental decay under the filling. I told her the Dentist had not told me there was decay under the filling. After my cleaning, I asked the Dentist if there was decay under the filling. He held the x-ray up to an office light (as we were standing by the receptionist's desk) and said that there could be and then said that the dental hygienist had looked at it with a better view of light. Well, I would like to know is there or isn't there!!

I am thinking of taking a wait and see approach while I am on this system. If there is decay under a filling, can being on this system reverse that? Or is the crown my only option. I am afraid of disturbing this tooth and then needing a root canal and losing it. If I choose to wait and see, are there any specific symptoms that would suggest the tooth could really be a problem?

Thank you so much. I apologize for the length of this email. If you got through it all, you are a saint! I look forward to your response.

Best regards,

Hi M,
Here goes! I am going to cut and paste from your questions below to try and explain the answers as clearly as possible.

Option 1: Restore the tooth with a filling
A big filling has only the remaining part of the tooth to support it. When fillings are large, biting can cause the filling to push against the "supporting" walls of the enamel. This may cause the walls to break. If you decide to opt for a filling there is always a chance of this kind of break.

So, if you do not crown this tooth it will be vital to strengthen the remaining enamel as much as you can. If you use my Complete Mouth Care System, and protect your teeth with Zellies after meals and snacks, you will strengthen and protect this remaining part of the tooth and reduce your risk but there will always be a chance of a piece of tooth breaking: ( I have large fillings that "should" be crowned but they are now over 40 years old and just fine!)

Option #2 : Cover the tooth with a crown.

Your dentist told you the root of your tooth is calcified and looked like the root of a 70 year old!
Teeth are a bit like trees: you know how a tree grows layers and layer, and increase in thickness around their trunk as they age. As teeth age they produce more and more dentin the part of the tooth under the outer enamel coating. Unlike a tree, teeth do not get bigger and thicker ( thankfully!) but the growth and thickness occurs towards the inside of the tooth.

This means that the live part ( where there are nerves, cells and blood vessels) gets squeezed and smaller and smaller. By the time some people reach their later years, the inside live part of their tooth has virtually disappeared.

This is why treating a cavity on an old tooth can often be done without an anesthetic there are almost no nerves left in the tooth! Whereas, for a young tooth, the nerves are very near the outside of the tooth ( a real problem with all the bleaching that young people are doing with their teeth these days).....another topic!!

Sometimes a cavity or infection in a tooth manages to reach the cells and nerves in the inside of the tooth ( sometimes this is because a cavity's on a part of the tooth close to the nerves for example on the side of a tooth at the gum level where little thickness separates the outside of the tooth from the inside).

If the inside of a young tooth experiences infection it may react by "thickening" itself to try and block off the infection and protect itself!

The tooth uses this aging mechanism to lay down layers of tooth gradually pushing the nerve and the live parts away from the hazard of the infection or cavity. This self-help can protect the vitality of a tooth if it occurs in time and it basically "seals" off the infection. Your tooth may have done this.

Obviously if you opt to do a root canal on a tooth that has reduced access it leaves little or no space for the dentist! The tooth has virtually taken care of the problem by itself and most times this is a very successful solution. Your dentist is correct that a root canal could be difficult because of the calcification and if there is a crack you may need to lose the tooth.

I am not in a position to comment on your last question about the X rays. I can tell you that shadows on X rays simply mean that the X rays have travelled through the tooth fast. This does not necessarily mean that there is no longer any tooth there it may be that the tooth is soft and allows the X rays to go quickly through to the other side. I would suggest that if you start using my Complete Mouth Care System and eat enough Zellies after every meal, clean your toothbrush can start to reverse this situation.

I cannot tell you that you will reverse it completely or stop the need for future treatment but you may especially if the "shadow" is a "question mark".

Decay is the dissolving of a tooth and then bacteria gaining access to this soft part of your tooth.
These bacteria then channel their way into the deeper layers of your tooth...
( You may enjoy my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye available on Amazon it describes all of this!)

So......if you are using all of my system, you will kill off the harmful burrowing bacteria and start to strengthen and rebuild minerals that were lost out of your tooth.

While the tooth is healing there may be slight sensitivity but cold or hot sensitivity should go away within a few seconds. Symptoms of continued pain for minutes or longer indicate the nerve is irritated and that you may need to consider a root canal etc.

I agree that a wait and see has benefits and I am very happy that you are using my system of oral care. I believe that this will really help you to regain the tooth parts that you have lost in a relatively short time. Maybe in 6-9 months the dental office can take another X ray and see if the "shadow" has gone away it will lighten and appear whiter on the film as minerals deposit into the tooth. Minerals reflect the X rays and make this tooth appear whiter on the film

Sorry that the answers are long but you asked!
Thanks for your patience I apologize that it has taken me a while to answer your questions.

Wishing you a very Happy Holidays,
Best Wishes,
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Honey and Teeth

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I am starting your program. I've got xylitol (birch wood), and I'm waiting on my ACT to arrive. Just to clear something up: if you have lets say a Tablespoon of honey then take a tsp of xylitol you're saying you will get no negative effects from the sugar in the honey??


Hi D,

The sugar in the honey does not directly harm teeth.

Any carbohydrate in food that you eat gives energy to bacteria called Strep mutans. Strep mutans reproduce using energy from food  as they do this, they put out acids.
These are the acids which damage teeth and they also make your entire mouth acidic.

Acidity weakens teeth by dissolving minerals out of the tooth structure. If acidity is generalized teeth get weaker, stain more easily and wear down.

If acidity is concentrated against the tooth surface ( in plaque) the tooth in that area breaks down and forms a cavity. So, Strep mutans are one problem, and acidity is another problem even though they are really both acidity problems!

The great news is that when you eat xylitol it takes away mouth acidity and it gets rid of Strep mutans!

So yes, if you eat any carbohydrate or drink anything acidic follow it with some xylitol. This will reverse the acidity protecting your teeth and also help rid your mouth of Strep mutans!

If you continue to eat at least 6.5 grams of xylitol each day ( after meals 3-5 times a day) you will gradually eradicate almost all the Strep mutans from your mouth.

You still need to protect your teeth but you will feel the difference!

26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Monday, December 14, 2009


Dear Dr. Ellie:

I bought the mints, the fruit ones, they are just FABULOUS, taste too good for words and I have tried other brands. I got them at Wegmans to avoid shipping costs. I would like to purchase Granular packets, to try them in tea etc, and want to know if Wegmans sells those also, I could not find them.


Hi EK,

I am delighted that you like Zellies fruit mints isn't it amazing how something so delicious is so good for oral health? We sell granular xylitol on our website shopping cart. (Scroll down the page below the mouth rinses) Alternatively, you could ask at a local health food store in your area. There are many brands of granular xylitol and they vary in texture. Be careful of some that add other products and mix them together with the xylitol.

Zellies granular xylitol is derived from USA grown birch trees.

Thanks so much for your interest,
Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Friday, December 11, 2009

Cavity on the Other Side of the World

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I am an American teacher in Wuhan, China. About two days before flying to China, I discovered that I had a hole in one of my teeth towards the back of my mouth (on the bottom). Not having enough time to get to the dentist, I left it untouched and made my way to China.

Now, after having been here ten months, the tooth looks a little worse, but I've noticed the same thing happening on the exact opposite side of my mouth. After hearing that leaving a cavity for so long can be hazardous to your health, I am unsure of what to do. I will be coming back to the States from China in under two months, but am not sure if I should go to the dentist here in China. I am fond of allowing my body to heal itself naturally, and have come to think that teeth can also heal naturally. 

But, I don't know if these teeth should be checked out immediately or not. I don't have any pain, at least not on an ordinary basis. If I eat something full of sugar or something extremely cold, I may have a little pain, but it's never been so bad that I've been alarmed by it. The holes don't look small to me (actually they are bigger than I would expect a cavity to be considering I don't have any pain).....and they are located right at the gumline. The gums look fine to me. 

Bad teeth seem to run in my family. Last time I went to the dentist I had 11 cavities, my father has a cavity every 6 months when he goes, it doesn't matter if we brush meticulously or not at all....we will still have them. 

What would you suggest me to do? Should I go to the dentist while I'm here, or should I wait until I come back to the States and try a program such as the one you suggest?Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you,


Hi AC,

I am in no position to diagnose on this end of cyberspace but I will do my best to help you suggesting ideas as if you were family (since I cannot advise you as a patient!) I understand your situation and that you prefer to wait for dental care providing your teeth do not deteriorate in that time.

Since the holes are bilateral (each side) this problem must be from an infection of your entire mouth a bacteria that forms tooth-corrosive acids. These harmful bacteria stick to teeth at places that are difficult to clean in dips and crevices. These bacteria form acids that corrode tooth enamel underneath them hence a cavity forms.

The good news is that you may be able to access xylitol in China. Lotte is the tradename for the chewing gum sold there look for the highest percentage of xylitol. I think their gum comes 75%, 80% or 95% ( being more expensive as the percentage is greater). If you can get granular xylitol that would work also.

You need to have 6 pieces of gum each day and/or a teaspoon of xylitol dissolved in water to sip through the day. Regular use of xylitol will kill these harmful bacteria and help your teeth repair.

If you are able to get Crest toothpaste or something similar (with sodium fluoride in the paste) I would suggest using this it works in harmony with xylitol. Make sure to sterilize your toothbrush in some kind of disinfectant every day!

If xylitol is unavailable look for other dentally helpful foods. Licorice root is found in Chinese herbal stores. Eat a little of this, several times a day. Licorice root has been shown to kill harmful bacteria that damage teeth. Swishing cows milk around teeth will help provide minerals for them. Yams are also dentally helpful foods.

Now, I have three questions for you:
Do you use a mouthrinse?
What do you drink mainly?
Do you eat or drink before bed or during the night?

You need to eliminate harmful bacteria and if you do not, the cavity process will continue.
If you cannot access xylitol or licorice root then I think you have no choice but to seek dental help now, especially since it appears these cavities have progressed in less than a year. I am suspicious of what you drink being acidic and especially if you drink anything sweet or acidic during the night time, or if you have a dry mouth for some reason ( allergies/asthma).

I hope you and your family will look into the amazing way that xylitol can wipe out this contagious, transmissible bacteria that has spread through your family to cause damage to so many teeth. You can get rid of this infection and the solution is simple: 6 grams of xylitol every day for at least 6 months.

I hope this is useful information good luck and I wish you a safe return in a couple of months.
Ellie Phillips

Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

When to Pick and Floss

Hi again Ellie,

You said that we should not brush teeth until the teeth are is alkalyzed with Closys. Would that same principle hold true before using toothpicks and floss for removing large food particles?

To focus on surface stains temporarily, is it OK during the day for the only rinse to be Closys and then dissolve zellies in the mouth; and for Act to be the last rinse after the last meal?


PS. I've been referring everyone I come into contact with to your website.

Hi P,

I think flossing and picking etc ( if you need to do this) is best before you start using any of the rinses. Please be gentle and try not to make your gums bleed I don't think making gums bleed is healthy for you (or for them).

To remove surface stains you need to use the system morning and night and eat Zellies (and/or have xylitol) after EVERY meal, snack, or drink. If you want to rinse your mouth after eating you can use tap water followed by some Zellies it will work well and cost less!

Use the routine twice a day: the rinses in the correct sequence WILL work give them time!
Also, don't peer at your teeth under fluorescent light. Fluorescent lighting always makes teeth look darker and yellower. The way enamel reflects light you need to take your mirror to daylight and look at your teeth!

Make sure that the last rinse in your mouth at night is ACT (spit it out) and then go to bed.
Be patient your teeth will thank you.

Thanks so much for your support and for helping spread dental joy to your friends!
Wishing you a Happy Holidays

26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

What about Biotene?

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I think the gum you make is great and your system sounds promising. What is your opinion on the Biotene line of products? My mouth gets excessively dry due to medication. I've been thinking of switching to their toothpastes.

At night I like to use their Oral Balance. These are the ingredients: Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Xylitol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Beta D Glucose, Lactoperoxidase, Lysozyme, Lactoferrin, Glucose Oxidase, Potassium Thiocyanate, Aloe Vera. I usually use ACT mouthrinse at night, wait 30 minutes, and then use the Oral Balance before I got to sleep. Will this disrupt your system?

Hi A,

The system of rinses and xylitol that I recommend is like a recipe for a special cake! If you change the ingredients in my recipe the results will not be what you should experience. Biotene is well known and has been advertised for "dry mouth" for many years. However, I have been contacted by three hospitals who wanted to know about my system. Most of their patients use Biotene but ONLY patients using my system had avoided dental damage during the "dry mouth" of radiation oncology. People on my system usually impress their dentist in four to six months with noticeable oral health improvements.

My system is made for everyone especially those with acidic or dry mouth (these are reasons that make teeth weak, brittle, stained and sensitive). 

If you try my system for a week or two then you could compare how your teeth feel with how they feel using the products now. I would not recommend mixing the products up it won't work. 

Trust Crest Regular paste on a very clean tooth brush. Start brushing after you have first rinsed with Closys. If you find Listerine too strong, dilute it to taste in some water. 

As your teeth get stronger and healthier you will be able to tolerate it better. Rinse the toothpaste off with Listerine, and then rinse the Listerine off your teeth with ACT (let the ACT "soak" into your teeth).

In place of your idea to rinse ACT off your teeth with another rinse I would recommend you snack on a Zellie mint before bed or during the night if your mouth is dry. The combination of ACT and Zellies work in harmony and you will love the outcome! Let me know how this works for you. It would be great to gather all the "dry mouth" user testimonials because this is an awful condition and I think my system can really help everyone.

Best Wishes and Good luck!
Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vanilla Mint Listerine

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I was wondering whether the Vanilla Mint flavored Listerine could be used as part of the
system? It does have the ADA approval on the label, and the active ingredients look the same as the Cool Mint flavor. However, I notice that some of the inactive ingredients are different (Vanilla Mint includes sucralose). Here's a link to the ingredients:

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dear E,

This "system" started with a suggestion to use Original Listerine . This remains the flavor that I use twice daily as part of the system.

However, many people dislike the taste or find it "too strong" so we looked for a sensible alternative rather than make people hate the system. It appears that people using Cool Mint achieve just as much success as people using the Original formula (This comes from reports and patient observations over the years).

Next came people who found Cool Mint too strong so I suggested diluting it to taste. This allows the patient to benefit from the antiseptic effects of the Listerine and also the acidity of the liquid prior to the use of ACT.

(The acidity of the Listerine enhances the effects of the ACT).

I feel that Vanilla Mint is a similar alternative for people who wish to use something other than the Original or Cool Mint.

We need to gather results from people who use Vanilla Mint do their dentists noticed great improvements?- we will incorporate this question into our next on line survey.

So far our survey results have shown that 98 % of people using this system daily have had positive feedback from their health professionals so go ahead "Wow Your Dentist!" and let us know what he says!

Best Wishes,
Ellie Phillips DDS

26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Cracked Tooth

Hello Dr. Ellie,

I’m 24 years old and I’ve been on your system for about the last 7 months and have been very happy with it. My teeth feel so much cleaner all the time and my gums have stopped bleeding. (In the couple of weeks previous to starting your system last year my gums bled every time I brushed my teeth.) I take at least a tsp. of xylitol a day. (I pour a little granulated xylitol out of our sugar bowl into my hand whenever I’m finished eating/drinking tea/etc. plus taking Zellies if I’m out and about.)

So, today was my first dental cleaning since starting. The hygienist didn’t comment on the improvement (but it’s been two years since I had my teeth cleaned!). I was shocked at the difference that I noticed!!

When I had my teeth cleaned two years ago the gum around every single tooth bled and when I left the Dentist office every tooth in my mouth hurt and I ended up taking Tylenol. (I have a pretty good threshold of pain, so I was annoyed that I had to take Tylenol after a cleaning, but my mouth hurt so bad.) This time my gums hardly bled at all (she only used one piece of gauze for the whole time) and my teeth didn’t hurt at all once I left!! I was thrilled!

She says I have a couple of cavities that need filling (I think the last time I had about 17 this time 3!!!) At the end of my cleaning I asked about the swollen place (I had mentioned it when I went in) and the hygienist decided to take an X-ray to show the root that way they’d know if it was an abscess. When she came back in with the X-ray she had the Dentist with her and they said it wasn’t an abscessinstead it’s cracked all the way down including the root!! The Dentist asked if (based on my previous time with the abscess) if I would want an extraction or a crown.

I’m wondering if there’s any possibility that it would reminerialize? I know on your blog you say that if it’s a crack like resulting from an accident it won’t, so I’m assuming that one all the way through the root would fall in that category too.

Any advice?!

Thanks again for all of your help.

Hi M,

If a tooth is cracked there is not much choice. Sorry it is not what you wanted to hear. I would not suggest you leave infection and a cracked tooth in your mouth better to get it removed and move on. The good news: Your "oral health" seems to be excellent! You should be thrilled that you have gained control over your oral health! Congratulations.

It is annoying that old things like giant fillings can continue to cause problems but no more new ones for you! I am so happy that you have found a way to gain control just stick to the system and your dental condition will get better and better! I think that two years is a very significant time for people on my system. When small cavities have healed and teeth are starting to shine and to whiten in color you will be very encouraged.

Keep on and please let me help whenever I can. I am sorry you have a cracked tooth but loosing a tooth is not the end of the world. For general health you need a healthy mouth. Have you avoided sore throats and other illness since on this program? Just remember to clean your toothbrush regularly and ensure you have at least 6 grams of xylitol each day. It sounds as if you do this. Good job! I think you are going to be very happy when you look back and see what you have achieved.

Best Wishes let me know if I can help,

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