Saturday, August 13, 2011


Dear Dr. Ellie:

For a child younger than 6 with cavities, will his teeth remineralize faster without using the toothpaste, will using it further etch his teeth?

How do you know if/when a cavity needs to be filled and what is the best filling if you have to?

Thank you so much for your time and help,


Dear L: 

There are no good fillings. Period. Maybe IRM

I would spend 6 months being diligent about xylitol, tooth cleaning and keeping juice and citrus drinks etc to meal times only. Make sure you have xylitol in the diet - or better yet Zellies fruit mints after meals and drinks. If the cavity is better after 6 months I would ask the dentist to let you continue for another 6 months. If the cavity remains after one year - I guess you will need to have a filling.

In a baby tooth you can ask if IRM is a possibility - that is probably the safest filling and also helps strengthen the tooth.

Prevention - prevention - prevention!

Avoid fillings if you possibly can!


Gum Recession

Hi Ellie -- From your blog:

Dr. Ellie,

My children and I have used your Mouth Care System for over a year, and my once sensitive teeth are feeling great!

Here's my concern:

My 17 year old son saw the dentist yesterday and was alarmed to hear that his gums are unusually receded for his age especially around the bottom lower teeth. The dentist said that his teeth are very strong and healthy, but she's very concerned about his gum recession..

Your response is a long lecture based on the premise that the kid hadn't been using your system correctly. That could be true, but it is pretty disrespectful to hammer on it so much when the lady said her family had been using your system for over a year and reported that she herself was doing great.

An alternative explanation for the young man's gum recession is subclinical scurvy. Many kids don't get enough vitamin C, and my personal experience testifies to the consequences.

From the time I was in grade school (1940s) until about 1970, I had mostly strong, healthy teeth, like this boy, but steadily receding gums. I asked dentist after dentist what do do about it, and got (and tried) all sorts of goofy advice.

Then Linus Pauling's book about Vitamin C and the Common Cold came out. My wife and I had had at least the usual number of colds and looked forward with delight toward reducing their number.

Alas, substantial supplementation with vitamin C had no noticeable effect on our minor illness. But my teeth suddenly and completely stopped bleeding when I brushed, and my gum recession stabilized. (When I told my then dentist, he said, "Oh, yes, vitamin C is very good for that." I wanted to punch him in the nose!) I don't have any photos, but I think my gums are in about the same shape now as they were then.

Vitamin C is cheap and safe. I think it should be part of any recommendation to people suffering from gum bleeding and/or recession.


Hi J,

I respect your comments and I agree 100% with you, that nutritional supplementation, probiotics and good diet is necessary - possibly essential for ultimate oral health. I should definitely have recommended vitamin supplements and minerals in addition to a review of the use of my system.

I actually spend quite a bit of time and think about each question - putting the patient in front of me- in a "virtual" scenario. It is good to have had so many years of clinical experience to draw from. I did this with this question - and was thinking, "why on earth, if he is using my system, is this happening?

If my system is used twice a day and with adequate amount of xylitol - I believe you would be hard pressed to find enough vit C deficiency at age 17 to show up as gum recession. You mention your story - but you were an adult and did not have the benefit of my system to help you.

I think I made an OK judgement since I did get a response from the Mom:

"Thank you so much for your reply. You crafted it perfectly for sharing with my son - I imagine that he will be motivated by your words".

Gum disease is serious - and if I am going to take time to write and reply (at NO charge to anyone) then I need to make my answer clear enough to "encourage" a 17 year old boy to take action.

Maybe in my dental office I would decide if this was the correct "tone" for him - but I had to take a chance. I do not intend to "hammer" him - anymore than I would anyone. I simply try to make the most of my moment and at least "wake" people up!!

Thanks so much for your comments and all the great snippets of knowledge that we can share. Wishing you a great weekend! I love your notes and observations - so keep them coming! They will always get an reply from me!

Best Wishes,


Improved Dental Health

Dear Dr Ellie,

I listened to your conference yesterday (08/10/11). It was really informative. It seams I was doing everything opposite than what you have recommended.

Do you recommend using xylitol on regular basis? Do we gargle couple times a day or mix it in drink and use as a beverage? When I went to the dentist last time, she said I have one developing cavity in back of my tooth other wise everything looks good. Please tell me how I should get rid of this without filling.

Appreciate your help.


Hi J,

Thanks for your message - it seems that this conference discussion generated a lot of interesting questions!

Xylitol can be used to remineralize teeth and help repair them - but it can also eliminate the bacterial disease from saliva to "clean" it.

For remineralization - xylitol is best taken after any drink or meal that could cause damage to teeth because of its carbohydrate content or acidity.

I advise patients to have a little xylitol after everything they eat or drink.

For eliminating bacterial disease you need AT LEAST 5 grams of xylitol each day.

The elimination works best if xylitol is taken in divided doses throughout the day (especially after any carbohydrate that give energy to plaque bacteria and allow them to multiply on teeth).

Putting these needs together will give you ideas for recommending how to use xylitol.

Basically aim for 5 grams or more each day and try to have 5 or more exposures each day.

Most people snack and eat and drink about 5 times a day (So i ask the question " how often do you eat?" - and then assess if xylitol dosage will fit with their meal patterns).

For someone with a dry mouth or sensitive teeth - I often suggest dissolving xylitol in water and sipping this often.

It seems that this constant tiny amount will help develop a healthy biofilm to protect teeth and take away the sensitivity ( probiotics, mineral supplements, fish oil and fermented dairy may be needed also) .

Dissolving xylitol in water is also good for older adults or younger children who may not eat mints or may not chew gum.

Hope this explains the situation - there is more about xylitol here:

Thanks so much for your question - I hope I gave you the information you were looking for.

I would definitely recommend my Complete Mouth Care System to you -

I am certain that if you follow my instructions you can reverse your impending cavity and avoid a filling.

If you have hesitations because of the ingredients in the rinses that I recommend - I would be happy to give you a personal consultation - to allay any fears and explain why I recommend the products that I recommend.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health

Dr. Ellie Call Follow Up

Hi Dr. Ellie,

That was such a great call that you did tonight! Thank you!!!!  I was hoping to ask you a few questions if that would be okay.

Ever since I was little I have had problems with my teeth. I have had a tremendous number of cavities, crowns, etc. I had all of my amalgams removed in 2007 which was really difficult to recover from.

I loved everything you had to say made so much sense.

Would you say the best thing to do from this point forward would be to eat xylitol, keep my toothbrush clean, try to keep my mouth slightly alkaline, etc.?

I recently had a crown put in and the gums around the crown became really inflamed and it was so painful. I have had to floss that area after every meal because food gets stuck in that area. Do you think I need to get a second opinion on the crown? I don't know if it is the right size for the area that it is in or not.

Anything you have to share would be greatly appreciated. And I look forward to hearing the next call that you are going to do in a few weeks.

Thank you,


Hi DC,

Thanks so much for writing to me!

I had a huge response from this call on Wednesday - and I have been trying to get back to everyone ever since midnight on Wednesday!

I think you have digested most of the information and obviously understand the need for xylitol, improved toothbrush hygiene and how mouth alkalinity will aid the development of healthy biofilm.

I feel that the system of mouth rinses I recommend could change your oral health considerably.

Here is a link to the products that I recommend:

You may be curious about the ingredients in some of these products and I understand this.

I am happy to consult with you on the phone to describe in more detail why you need these specific products.

I can link you to my blog at or you can also read my book which describes the system in detail and has an entire chapter on my opinions ( very specific) about the use of Fluoride.

I do not know of any other method that can clean and improve oral health as quickly and efficiently as the system that I recommend.

Perhaps the best idea is to give my system a try for a short time and see what you think.

If you have specific questions - I can try to answer in an e-mail but generally a full discussion WHY you need these products and WHY you must view them in context - needs a live discussion on the phone!

Let me know how I can best help you,

Thanks again for your message,

Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health


Dear Dr. Phillips,

As an oral health consultant, can you please state your position on both ingested and topical fluoride?

Thank You,

J. P. (name removed), DDS, MSc. (epidemiology)

Hi JP,

I would be happy to explain my position on fluoride in more detail.

Basically I have "experienced" fluoride since the 1970's. I lived in a non-fluoridated area of UK at the time and I gave dropper bottles of sodium fluoride to my patients and also put these drops into my own children's water to drink. I was a confirmed believer and looked forward to the promise of shiny, healthy teeth.

My oldest daughter erupted brown front teeth in the early 1980s and my next daughter had teeth pitted with white spots from slightly less fluoride. My oldest daughter had thyroid issues. I was outraged. In the early 1980s I spent all of my free time at the University of Rochester researching fluoride in their extensive library (it was before the days of the internet). I was intrigued by the fluoride story, and I knew there was probably more! I finally completed my search in 2002 when I googled the following: ALCOA, Proctor and Gamble and Coca Cola. I found the identical Board of Directors in these three organizations. This is fascinating since the ADA is sponsored by Proctor and Gamble and Coca Cola and fluoride is the by product of AOCOA. Need I say more?

I started writing a book about the "upside down" way that dentistry approaches disease - and the fact that few think about risk factors that promote cavities and plaque. Small changes in habit and the use of xylitol can prevent these problems. I guess you could call my book a description of "caries management by risk assessment!"

I had spent the first 15 years of my career wading through fact and fiction (by myself) as a clinical provider. I had been sufficiently observant to discover that it was acidity and dry mouth that damaged teeth - not just sugar as we had been told.

I discovered that careless or incorrect care could damage delicate, healthy biofilm - a covering that exists to protect enamel. I saw how the loss of this layer was the reason that people have caries, sensitivity, erosion, recession and dental damage. Most dentists are still focused on removing all biofilm - they have not yet understood that we need this layer to protect teeth from damage!

The gist of my message is that there is a need to develop healthy biofilm with prebiotics. probiotics and in some cases, the control of oral pH through diet and habits. My advice is to work hard to establish a healthy oral flora as early as possible - preferably before the eruption of molar teeth. In cases where there is no dental damage, and no risk factors for damage - nothing more than maintenance is required. Even tooth cleanings for a child with no calculus or plaque is unnecessary in my opinion.

On the other hand, when damage exists and teeth have been traumatized and filled, or destroyed by disease, then I believe the best solution is to treat the mouth with a sequence of oral care products that stimulate natural healing. The products work topically from the outside of the tooth.

The products that I recommend need to be used in a specific sequence to achieve both reversal of periodontal and gum problems, and (used in the same sequence) they will also reverse and remineralize damaged hard surfaces- even to a substantial depth.

In this sequence I employ the use of a toothpaste that contains silica with sodium fluoride (Crest Cavity Protection) and also a dilute sodium fluoride rinse (called ACT).

I call this program of specific rinses my Complete Mouth Care System and it is combined with daily amounts of xylitol - used in a specific dose and multiple small amounts at the end of meals. The products in the rinse routine are only for topical use and only for use by children and adults with adult teeth, and only for children able to rinse and spit. These mouth rinse products are used topically and I encourage good spitting and also disinfection of toothbrushes.

My experience with this system is that it can reverse dental disease when it is used twice a day as described. There is no ingestion of fluoride - it is used topically for the reversal of disease and the rebuilding of damaged areas. There is no benefit from stronger fluoride gels or applications in my opinion (possible exception is fluoride varnish in specific situations - to avoid sealants).

What I have discovered is that there is an amazing synergistic effect of dilute fluoride rinse and xylitol - it is quite staggering. We have witnessed dramatic changes in oral health in the mouths of all ages. Dilute fluoride used in this specific sequence produces sufficient healing for many patients to avoid the toxicity of fillings completely.

I would therefore defend the use of these specific toothpastes and rinses. I never recommend ingested fluoride. I have actually made a video supporting the anti-fluoridation movement in Austin Texas. I do not believe we should be subject to fluoride added to our water supplies. The amount of fluoride being ingested through this supply is of great concern to me - particularly in the case of infants with formula milk (which is another whole story!!).

Please let me know if you would like more information about my beliefs.

I do have VERY strong opinions about fluoride - most negative, but in the case of one specific toothpaste and one specific mouth rinse - I believe they can work in synergy with xylitol to produce astounding benefits for patients. Here is a link to my chapter on fluoride - taken from my book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye:

Best Wishes,

Ellie Phillips DDS


Aloha Dr. Ellie,

Do you know of the drink Kombucha? I have not yet begun using your system, as I am still understanding how it works and what to gather, but i do know you recommend avoiding acidic drinks, and i have heard that the fermented drink Kombucha is quite acidic, but it also has many health benefits for digestion. So what do you suggest to people, like me, who like to drink something like kombucha but want to restore their teeth health? Is there a way to enjoy both?

Mahalo, Thank you,


Hi J,

Yes, I am very familiar with Kombucha and I think it is quite acidic.

There are many healthy foods and drinks that are acidic and quite damaging to teeth (spinach and rhubarb have oxalic acidic, citrus fruits, certain teas etc.)

I do not recommend avoiding acidic drinks - simply you must avoid long periods of acidity that will damage your teeth. The secret is to drink acidic drinks either before or during a meal - and end the meal with a tooth-protective food like some xylitol, alkaline dairy, nuts or fresh vegetables like celery. Xylitol has other benefits for teeth - since it stimulates a flow of alkaline saliva in the mouth - that help restore teeth.

I also suggest a sequence of specific mouth rinses that work within this system - synergistically with the xylitol to restore, rebuild and beautify teeth. Details are on my website - but if you would like a session of personal coaching to help you build this into your lifestyle and have me work with you to do this - then please let me know.

I hope this is helpful! You may enjoy my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye - it explains all of this!~

Best wishes,

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for oral health

Friday, August 12, 2011

Xylitol Question

Dr. Ellie,

How does Xylitol help dry mouth? One patient told me that it makes her thirsty after eating xylitol mints. I did tell her that xylitol would protect her teeth, because the bacteria in her mouth cannot produce acid, decrease plaque formation.

How does xylitol help periodontal disease? How does xylitol work with gram negative microorgarnisms
causing perio. disease?

I appreciate your expertise.


Hi KT,

How does Xylitol help dry mouth?

Dry mouth puts patients at risk for cavities and dental damage because without saliva there is no daily, natural repair mechanism.

Daily repair and "rebuilding" of teeth creates a state of dental health.

For teeth to remain strong there must be adequate repair to balance /supersede any daily wear and tear on teeth.

Rebuilding occurs when minerals in saliva enter the tooth surface and deposit in them.

Without saliva teeth have no mineral supply to aid in this repair process.

Xylitol stimulates this depositing of minerals into teeth.

FYI, Xylitol works synergistically with dilute fluoride rinsing (ACT).

Frequent nibbling of xylitol during the day should be preceeded and following by rinsing with ACT (morning and night). With this, great results will be noticed quickly.

One patient told me that it makes her thirsty

If your patient needs to drink water - maybe tell her to put a half teaspoon of granular xylitol into the water and drink this!

Frequent use of xylitol for people with dry mouth is their answer - they will be happy when they can see how it gives them improved dental health.

Used correctly - benefits should be seen within a month.

A "mix and match" approach with granular and mints/gum is often the best way to achieve sufficient xylitol and sufficient frequency( at least five exposures at separate times each day. Best to have xylitol between meals or after acidic or sugar attacks).

I did tell her that xylitol would protect her teeth, because the bacteria in her mouth cannot produce acid, decrease plaque formation.

You are correct -

How does xylitol help periodontal disease?

It appears that xylitol can suppress many/all the harmful pathogens.

When patients use my Complete Mouth Care System (with Closys, Crest,Listerine and ACT used in sequence) they get extraordinary success.

The details of why this happens is in my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye (

How does xylitol work with gram negative microorganisms causing perio. disease?

I am not sure exactly but we are currently doing some patient Oral DNA testing to try and figure out details.

I agree that much has to be learned and I believe the picture painted by Oral DNA testing is going to help in this process.

Thanks for your question.

Ellie Phillips DDS

Solutions for Oral Health!

author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye


Dear Dr, Ellie,

My 12 year old (whom had all his baby molars capped with silver caps when he was younger) now has all his permanent teeth. Thank God his last dental check up went well.

He now has all his permanent teeth and no cavities or decay. The dentist is suggesting that we put sealants on his back molars in order to protect them from cavities. When I asked him if the sealants were to break would that be damaging, he hastily replied the sealants go deeper in the grooves and continue protecting the teeth.

I have read the chapter on sealants in your book many many times. I have not been able to decide what to do. On one hand you write that we can create healthy bacteria in the molars and they may be protected for years or life.

(I have been treating him with xylitol for a couple of months as well as the rest of the family)

But what if he is infected with bacteria that is not healthy in college or sleep away camp or at school, and has also stopped the xylitol since I am not there to remind him to have it.

Then is it not better he is protected with sealants ?

The ADA seems to encourage it.

This question is also for my six year old.

He also has all his baby molars capped with silver caps. One set of permanents came in now and the dentist would like to apply sealants on those.

I want to do what is best for them as any Mother. I recently had a root canal and do not want them to go through all the dental tortures I have experienced.

Another interesting question is, is are the metal caps harmful in any way. It seems like a good solution. Because I assume there is no bacteria on the teeth once they are covered.

The child only has to be sedated one time and all his molars are protected.

Thank you,


Hi IA,

I think it would be very difficult for you to trust me if I remain simply "an internet person" at the end of an e-mail. After all, I am asking you to take a road that is very different from the road your health professional advises.

I believe you need to trust the person who is treating your children and follow their advice or feel much more informed and confident if you decide to take an alternative approach. If you really want more of my advice - I feel we should talk on the phone. A phone consultation would be $75 for a half hour.

The reason I feel that you need to be confident, is that there are many factors to consider. It is NOT easy to take on the responsibility for one's children's health and decide NOT to follow traditional advice. I understand this. I work with people who rebel and are happy to turn against tradition. I also understand the concern of those who are nervous to make this decision.

Standing in the middle will not work. If you try to balance the two pieces of advice, you will be uncomfortable and nervous and possibly make worse decisions - and that is not what any of us want!

If you follow your dentist's advice, you may want to ask more questions. Ask them about the risks of BPA for children. Today there is so much information about the dangers of BPA in products and in sealants and filling materials. BPA is a toxin that can cause early puberty, cancer and cause kids to gain weight. No dentist should be placing sealants without discussing these hazards with parents.

Let me know if I can offer you more support - but going back and forth in e-mails is only likely to delay a decision and not make much difference. If you take the preventive road you need to be committed and learn all the facts and how my system works. One piece of information that is helpful to people: It takes about a year for a cavity to form - but about 6 months to reverse it with my system!

Hope this helps,



Dear Dr. Ellie: 

I am wondering what the purpose of the crest is. It seems like you have said in children with cavities, just the Act is best to not further damage that right? Is it better to brush or swish with the Act?

When do you have to get a cavity filled and if you do, what is the safest kind? I have my children on the program (xylitol and Act for the younger ones and the whole program for my eight yr. old) and wanted to recheck them in 6 months.

Someone earlier on your blog mentioned from your book about using the program for 2 this a life long program or do you do the whole program and then a maintenance program?

Thank you so much.. we have been on the program for 2 months and are pleased!!


Hi L,

Sorry for the delay in responding to your question. I have had a lot of questions recently!

Toothpaste is not necessary for "cleaning" teeth. You can clean teeth just as well with or without a paste.

The purpose of paste when I suggest it - is for the application of sodium fluoride to remineralize teeth and offer them protection from acidity. Xylitol and probiotics do a far better cleaning job than any paste!

Listerine has been shown to be an extremely valuable rinse for eliminating gum disease bacteria. Recent studies show that a one-minute rinse with Listerine will eliminate almost all the harmful germs that cause gum disease. Twice a day rinsing with Listerine has been shown to be more effective than any flossing for cleaning between teeth.

The problem with Listerine is that it is very acidic - with a pH of 4.2. I suggest the use of Crest Cavity Protection paste immediately before the Listerine rinse to offer an immediate protection from the acidity. The sodium fluoride in this paste is easily released to the tooth surface, since the other main ingredient in this paste is silica ( not chalk). Chalk tends to bind the fluoride and not release it to the tooth surface. This is why I want people to coat their teeth with Crest BEFORE they rinse with the Listerine.

Children do not need to use the complete system until they have adult teeth. Once they start using the whole system - you really cannot pick it apart and use one piece without the other. Children younger than 6 can use xylitol and then brush ACT onto their teeth - until they are old enough to rinse with ACT.

I hope this answers your questions about toothpaste.

As for how long will you need to use this system.... - well........this is your insurance against cavities and gum disease. If you are aware of all the health issues triggered by gum disease - you probably will want to live a healthy, happy , long and active life. I do - which is why a couple of minutes morning and night is not a very big price to pay!

Hope this helps,


Fluoride Question

Hi Dr Ellie.

I am surprised that you recommend a fluoride rinse, with all the toxic effects of fluoride. It seems that small amounts will be swallowed and contribute to the total body burden, that most of us have already to to fluorinated water supply. Can you please explain?

Thanks, Deborah

Hi Deborah,

I get asked this question a lot - and I have tried to address it.

I could have had Kevin Trudeau support and promote my book - if I had thrown fluoride totally to the curb. I would not.

I support the removal or fluoride from our water, no supplements and no treatments at the dentist with the gels. You have to think about how it works and the good and bad. It is a long explanation - and I have a chapter on this in my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.

It is not as simple as just "good" or "bad".

Personally I will take the amount of toxin from the residue of a rinse (that I spit out) rather than the toxin load from a damaged tooth that needs treatment. (BPA in white ones and mercury in silver.)

Without the added synergy of fluoride it is very difficult to get complete healing and a sustained state of ultimate oral health.

Here is a link to my chapter on Fluoride:

Hope this helps to explain!


Thursday, August 04, 2011


Ellie --- my youngest is 2 and he has been slow to talk -- hardly any words at all, but now - this week he is starting to say complete sentences.

Today he said "I want Zellies" clear as day.

You are officially one of his first words. :) thought you would appreciate that.

Also, my husband went to the dentist this week - first time in... maybe 6-7 years. As long as we have been on "the system." The dentist was shocked. His teeth are perfect. Nothing to scrub off. No cavities. My husband even told them he doesn't floss. In fact, he would not allow them to floss him during the cleaning (which again, was not really a "cleaning"). They were not sure what to do with him. The dentist wants to know all about the "magical system" -- he actually was receptive - so I will send him to yout sites, but thought you would appreciate and update from one of the "early adopters" of the complete mouth care system.


Receding Gums

Dr. Ellie,
My children and I have used your Mouth Care System for over a year, and my once sensitive teeth are feeling great!

Here's my concern:

My 17 year old son saw the dentist yesterday and was alarmed to hear that his gums are unusually receded for his age especially around the bottom lower teeth. The dentist said that his teeth are very strong and healthy, but she's very concerned about his gum recession. She said the recession could be due to orthodontics and/or poor mouth care. She lectured him about proper flossing (he's always been a faithful flosser) and proper, gentle, circular brushing with an extra soft brush, and using a proxy brush on the lower front teeth. While she cleaned his teeth, the area of concern bled A LOT. She says that he'll probably have to have gum surgery at some point in the future.

This recession was apparent a year ago at his last dentist visit, but I don't know whether it has worsened since then. I have great faith in your System and, since he loves eating xylitol mints and gum, assumed we were doing the best therapy we could do for his gums this past year, and was surprised to see the bleeding during his cleaning and hear the dire predictions from the dentist.

Is there anything else we can do to help him? He is a generally healthy, fit 17 year old. We have recently found out that his older brother is extremely gluten sensitive, which causes a lot of general inflammation in the body, and I wonder about the rest of us being gluten sensitive. Do you think being generally inflamed from gluten sensitivity could cause gum recession? What do you think about the orthodontics causing gum recession?

I have told many friends about your Mouth Care System and appreciate you and your work greatly!


Hi D,

I think you and your dentist MUST be concerned about your son's oral health - but I do NOT agree that gum surgery is the way to go.

You son has an INFECTION - bacteria that are damaging his gums and will continue to do this throughout life.

There are a lot of different bacteria that live in our mouths - but about 13 kinds that cause gum problems.

The CORRECT use of my system addresses all these 13 kinds in various ways.

You NEED Closys for a minute before brushing.

This rinse does a number of useful things - but it is able to give the mouth an "oxygen bath" and help get rid of anaerobic germs - some of the worst.

The Crest Cavity Protection paste is important to use - and massage around the teeth.

However, its main use is to protect the teeth from the Listerine rinse.

Listerine is very acidic but VERY effective against almost ALL the rest of the bad mouth germs IN ONE MINUTE.

He must vigorously rinse for ONE MINUTE with Listerine in this way.

Finally the ACT rinse is vital to remineralize and help heal teeth.

Fluoride is also concentrated by a certain kind of very unpleasant bacteria that is found in gum disease.

These germs are Spirochetes - and they can actually burrow INTO the gums and get into the blood stream.......into the brain.....ugh!!!

(I don't usually get into such graphic details - but I want to be alarmist enough to make him use my system!!)

Zellies also balance the mouth and mouth germs - promoting good and getting rid of bad.

Probiotics, vitamin and mineral supplements can also be helpful - to help alkalize the mouth and grow healthy digestive tract germs.


You may need to explain to your son that there are a number of things that wipe out/ destroy healthy mouth germs. The greatest culprits are:

Acidic drinks - soda, gatorade, juices, citrus, lemonade and citrus pops etc

Periods of dry mouth - allergies and asthma can block the nose and medications can really dry the mouth

Bleaching teeth - the peroxide in bleaching strips and bleaching pastes will destroy your healthy protection and leave your mouth open to infection

Baking soda - any pastes or rinses with this can unbalance the mouth.

ALSO: if your son is eating chewing gum that contains sorbitol ( NOT XYLITOL) then sorbitol can grow plaque bacteria - and often produces symptoms of acid reflux - which harms healthy biofilm because it causes long periods of mouth acidity............and so on.......

The solution!!

Use my system carefully and EXACTLY - and avoid sipping acidic drinks.

Clean toothbrushes DAILY!!!

My system will NOT work if you mix or match, do not use enough xylitol - or are lazy about twice a day rinsing.

Best drink for oral health? = A half teaspoon of xylitol crystals in water - to sip during the morning.

The only non-acidic drink besides water - is root beer!!

Worst drinks!!! Sodas (diet and regular) - Iced teas ( especially with lemon) - Mountain Dew - and Gatorade!

Hope this explains what he needs to do.

Mouth germs can be measured/viewed - so you would know exactly how many and which of the 13 bad ones are in his mouth.

It may be a good measure and a way to motivate your son.

The test is called a Salivary Oral DNA test and is performed by dentists.

It is easy - you spit into a test tube!!

If you go to the website - you can find out a dentist in your area who is doing these tests:

Best Wishes,

Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health

Fluoride Absorption

Dr Ellie,

I have not been able to find a study to see how much fluoride you absorb when you brush with fluoride toothpaste. My friend is allegic to fluroide & he says if he brushes with fluoride toothpaste he is sick for hours. So this shows you do absorb fluoride when you brush with it. But strangely he said he can drink a glass of fluoride water from the tap and has no bad effects. Which suggests that brushing with fluoride you absorb a signicant amount of fluoride.


Dear A:

Studies with kids eating paste were probably the best. It was in the 1980s - I would have to look them up - but generally they showed that fluoride was excreted quickly in urine.

I use fluoride paste - and I happily recommend it to everyone - my family, friends and patients.

I filter fluoride OUT of my water and recommend everyone does the same with their water - I do not recommend drinking fluoride or giving it to kids as supplements or using strong fluoride gels etc.

Unless your kidney's are shot - you WILL excrete 98% of any fluoride ingested - so in the grand scheme of things ( you only need a rice grain size of toothpaste) I would say your friend needs a better digestive system - better immune system and better kidney support. Then with probiotics, enzyme and kidney support - I think he would be just fine with any exposure during the minute he brushes his teeth.

People often worry about stuff and this turns their stomach - its the worry - not the product. The other thing to think about is that if your fillings corrode or break - you will start ingesting silver fillings or plastic pieces. THESE would be a lot more toxic to your body than the tiny amount of any possible fluoride absorbed from a pea size glob of toothpaste. Just think about the mercury that people are releasing as they whiten or clean their teeth with peroxide! Wow - now that is a REAL problem.

Also I only recommend Crest Cavity Protection paste - none of the others.

Lastly ( as I mentioned above) you only need a rice grain amount of paste on your brush - many people use far too much.

Hope this helps,


Where to Begin?

Dear Dr. Ellie

I had a baby about 10 months ago. During my pregnancy I received several fillings. My insurance only pays for dental services at one dentist in my town. I received fillings about a year before these ones at a clinic in another town. The dentists were shocked at the number of cavities and assumed we were not able to purchase toothpaste etc. We had been drinking soda almost daily and only brushing two times a day. Those soda induced cavities and fillings I received two years ago have never hurt as much as the fillings I received last summer which still hurt and often ache for no reason especially after exposure to something cold like silk milk from the fridge.

I use Sensidine (spelling?) tooth paste. One for whitening because I refuse to kick my coffee habit, and one that doesn't have whitening.

I can't seem to kick this sensitivity. The dentist I am seeing now said it is from the fillings (they are the metal kind..the 2 year old fillings were white). She said the sensitivity would go away. She doesn't seem to listen to my problems. I had to have my mom come in to one of my appointments to get her to listen to me.

I am lactose intolerant and although I drink silk milk with calcium, I do not get the amount of calcium or probiotics that I should (all medications with probiotics have dairy in them). Could the sensitivity be due to the cavities being too deep? A metal allergy? Not enough calcium? If so what can I do about the first two issues? And how long would it take for a calcium supplement to help my teeth.

Please help! Also any advice on dealing with my dentist?



OK - let's start with a couple of things. First steps to better oral health!!

My recommendations - and I don't have time to explain WHY - just trust me!

1. STOP with the Sensodyne

2. Find Crest Cavity Protection toothpaste - you MUST find good old Crest - NO whitening, no tartar control NOTHING in it!!!

3. Get ACT anticavity mouth rinse (it is a green color and is usually easy to find in Walmart or Target stores).

4. DON'T get the expensive Total Care or other one - it needs to be the simple ACT - and should cost under $4.00 (but don't get the store Equate brand - ONLY ACT!!!)

5. Go to a health food store and get xylitol crystals. Make sure these are pure xylitol and not some mix with silica (sand) or splenda or something. Pure xylitol.

Then add one teaspoon of xylitol crystals to a glass of water and sip this every morning after your morning coffee.

Once you have done all this - let me know and we can go from here.


Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Cleaning a Bite Guard

Dr. Ellie,

What is the best way to clean a night guard/bite guard? I am just starting your system and have been rinsing the night guard brushing it and letting it air dry. But I suspect this is insufficient.

Many thanks


Hi SB,

Since night guards are made from different plastics it is best to ask this question to the laboratory that made it.

It is good that you are concerned about cleaning it - bacteria and molds most certainly grow on these appliances, toothbrushes etc.

The main thing is to clean your guard and rinse it thoroughly before putting it in your mouth (this is especially important if anyone recommends cleaning it with peroxide or baking soda - since these can be harmful to teeth). If you cannot get advice - my best guess would be to brush the appliance with a little toothpaste, rinse or spritz with dilute Listerine and wash it thoroughly.

Remember to clean your toothbrush carefully also ( I have directions about this on my website:

"Did You Know Bacteria live on your toothbrush! Be sure to frequently clean your brush by swishing the head in Listerine and rinse in water and air dry. Never share toothbrushes and do not store in an area near an open toilet."

My final comment is if you are wearing a night guard - consider WHY you are damaging your teeth.

Strong teeth will not wear away - even if you grind them. Only soft teeth break and wear.

Consider that things you drink may be making your teeth soft - and limit your teeth's exposure to acidic things.

If you would like any more help with this - please let me know.

I am happy to help you gain control over your oral health - not with a night guard, but with sustainable methods that build strength and beauty into your teeth.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health

Tooth Staining

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I have been on the Dr. Ellie system for 8 months. A month ago, I got a no-cavities checkup (which was great-some cavities even reversed) and the typical staining of the system was removed by the hygienist. Now, only a month later, the darkish staining has already returned to where it is noticeable, but only to the four front teeth on the bottom. This was really the only place that was stained badly before my cleaning also. I never had this particular type of staining before using the system.

I am confused both by the continued staining after all the bad stuff should have been killed (7 months of system use) and also by the fact that it primarily seems to attack the four front teeth on the bottom. Peculiar. If these teeth looked like the rest of my teeth there would be no problem. I know the system is working for me and don't want to give it up, but I need to figure out this staining problem - or else I will have to go in for monthly cleanings - or heaven forbid, whitening strips.

What's your take on this?

Warmest regards and thanks for your help.



I feel as if I have answered this message already - so forgive me if this is a repeat! It is difficult to know because many patients have experienced this situation.

What may be happening is one of two things:

1) This stain may be a kind of "summer mold" - this can grow in damp and humid places. It is a mold that is often found in bathrooms, especially if you live near the ocean or if you have been traveling. It is a mold that requires you to carefully disinfect your toothbrush every day, using Listerine, rinse the brush out and allow it to completely dry between uses. It is ideal to dry a toothbrush in a sunny window. Keep your brush away from other ones and also NEVER store a toothbrush in a bag or drawer or humid place.

2) The second reason for this staining may be that you are getting re-infected from someone. Plaque bacteria are shared by families and friends through kissing and sharing food. Your circle of transfer will depend on how many people you allow to share your chips and dip! ( Just kidding)

It is important to increase the amount of xylitol you use to counter this re-infection. If you stay at the "middle" place - you will cycle through the infection - kill - stain - infection cycle.

You need to ensure that you do the rinse system twice a day (always) and you may want to experiment with three times a day - to see if this helps. You may find simply adding one packet of xylitol crystals to a bottle of water to sip during each morning - is enough to "tip the balance" Infection - kill - stain - DONE!!!

Let me know which of these situations you think applies and then I would love to hear if you are able to control the staining by one of the two methods. PLEASE - do not decide to use the white strips - this is absolutely NOT the solution to your problem!!

Hope this helps,

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for oral health

Great News: Testimonial

Hi Dr Ellie,
I just wanted to share my great news! After a year of my family using your program we (especially our son) all got a clean bill of health from our dentist. I was so happy I was clapping and giving my son high fives at the dentist office. Thank you so much for sharing your program with us!! I have hope now that cavities can be prevented.
I am telling everyone about it.


Hi K,

This is great news and I am so happy that you are excited and delighted! What you have gained is true oral health empowerment !!!

The trick you have learned is how to protect your teeth better and more often. You can protect them enough so that you can repair your teeth effectively on a daily basis and overcome any damage caused to them by eating , drinking and living life.

This balance is simple to operate once you re-set your mind and no longer expect 6 monthly visits to the dentist to "look after" your teeth. As individuals, we have the power to look after our OWN teeth - all you need is the correct information!

Cheers - enjoy this moment!!

Thanks for e-mailing me ( By the way, how did you hear about me in the first place?)

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health

Question Regarding Program

Hi Dr. Ellie,

I just started your mouth rinse program and using xylitol. I am very excited to see the health of my mouth improve. The reason I'm writing is that I am interested in my mother starting your program. She is almost sixty now and has suffered from dental problems her whole life. She was born and raised in a third world country and never brushed her teeth until she was in her 20's and came to the U.S. She is very diligent now about brushing and flossing but she is suffering from periodontal disease. As a result she has already had at least one tooth fall out of her mouth and I believe two have been extracted. I am very fearful that my mother may end up in dentures in the next few years. Her dentist is trying to convince her to have gum surgery as well as maybe have a few more extractions. My mother really wants to hold on to her teeth and does not want these surgeries. I really think that your program could help her. Are there any special considerations you feel my mother should take into account when starting your program? I know that chewing gum might be a little hard on her so I was thinking she could use the mints and "zelliewater" along with the rinses. Thank you so much for your help.


Hi T,

Thanks so much for your message.

My advice would be to get your mother on this program as soon as possible! TODAY!!!

The threat of dentures is not the major concern. The impact of gum disease on mental health and body health is the greatest danger.

Research shows that gum disease can impact heart health, increase risk of stroke, lung conditions, arthritis and many more conditions.

Some of the mouth bacteria can get into the blood stream and cause problem in the brain and elsewhere.

A friend of mine discovered by saliva testing that she had a number of serious gum disease germs in her mouth.

She had the gum surgery (which does NOT kill the germs) and a few months after the surgery - the disease returned.

This is when she met me - and decided to go on my program ( rinses etc. mints and ZellieWater)

After 3 months her lab tests came back normal and have stayed that way!

If you would like any more personal help along the way - I am about to launch a Dr. E Coaching site - to help patients along their path to oral health.

Please let me know if you or she would like to chat for half an hour - until the site launches I am offering this service at $75

It is very important to control spread of old disease - (toothbrush cleaning, where the brush is stored - I suggest our Zellies brushes - a pack of 25 encourages changing them often!!)

Probiotics, nutritional supplements ( Fish oil especially) avoiding acidity - etc. etc.

Most of what you need to know is on the website, but chatting can also be helpful when it comes to decision-making about dental treatments.

Yesterday I was able to recommend a patient to a dentist who understands the power of my system - and who is willing to monitor a child and "watch" her 14 fillings reverse!

(The mother is going to be saving about $2,000 because of this!)

Thanks for your message, and your confidence in me - you and your Mom will soon see the benefits!

Best Wishes,
Ellie Phillips DDS

Recommendations for a Tooth Grinder

Hello Dr. Ellie,

I am a 21 year old college student. A few weeks ago, I visited my dentist for my routine cleaning. My dentist said while my teeth did not show decay he saw evidence of grinding because two of my bottom molars (I believe 18 and 31) were flat and had "divets" on the top of them. He said I should get an occlusal guard. I paid him $500 for the guard but I honestly don't feel it's working. I am in fear that I will somehow further damage these teeth and then they will be extracted. In addition, I still have some soreness with these teeth. The pain only occurs sometimes, usually in the morning and its just a sore feeling, nothing sharp or too painful but it definitely doesn't feel right. I just started your clean mouth system a few days ago and have been using xylitol gum after every meal and "zelliewater" throughout the day. Do you think following your system may strengthen my teeth and reduce the damage caused by grinding (could it possible heal these "divets")? Also, do you think it would be beneficial to use ACT one more time during the day, on its own since my teeth have damage? Lastly, I was instructed to brush my guard with a toothbrush before putting it in. I always put it in after I do the ACT rinse in the system -- do you think just using a toothbrush and paste on the guard will provide sufficient cleaning that it won't introduce unwanted bacteria to my mouth?

Thank you for your help.


Hi SS,

Thanks for your message.

It's NOT normal for people to "grind" teeth to a state of damage - especially someone age 21!

Most of us grind our teeth - but strong teeth do not wear away or erode.

Damage to teeth is the end result of a daily tally between damage and repair - a kind of check and balance - each and every day.

Even in a healthy mouth teeth get damaged/ground down a bit - but natural repair fixes the wear spots and rebuilds.

There is a damage/repair balance that is always in a constant dynamic state ( much the same thing happens to bones - it's nature's way to keep these important structures "young" and strong).

Your teeth must have been damaged more often, or for longer time intervals, than the length of time or number of experiences they had to repair.

This may mean that your teeth experience a lot of daily acidity - and this is most often from drinks - especially citrus drinks - (even if they are "healthy" ones like juices - even diet/sugarless).

Acidic damage can also be from sour candies, vitamin C tablets, or some habit that creates acidity in the mouth.

Whitening products (Whitening strips test at pH 1.5) - are also a problem - but usually this damage is seen on the front - not biting - surfaces of teeth.

The other possibility is acid reflux - but usually this occurs in older adults.

My question to you would be what is your routine just before sleeping at night - do you eat anything citrus before sleeping?

If none of these ideas seem appropriate to your case, then we must look not for the damage, but why are your teeth unable to repair themselves?

Since saliva is the repair vehicle, most often the cause is because someone has a dry mouth.

A dry mouth may be due to a blocked nose from allergies, or sleeping with your mouth open, sinus blockage, or sometimes for competitive athletes (runners or people weight lifting etc.)

Think of the athlete who drinks acidic Gatorade and then clenches his teeth during competitive sports - this can do damage.

Acidity softens the tooth surface, and then any lack of saliva limits the healing process.

Lack of saliva ( dry mouth) also allows teeth to grind against each other like a car engine without oil - not good!

I would like you to try and figure out WHY you have this problem - and fix it - rather than use a bite guard for the rest of your life.

My system will be a great help to you - and the extra ACT rinse makes a lot of sense.

I think everything else you mention - even the way you clean this bite plate is fine.

I think you are doing everything right - I wish you had used my system earlier - but at least you can stop the damage going forward.

I would be interested in knowing if any of these ideas rings a "bell" or sounds as if it may have been the cause of this damage.

Teeth do NOT just "wear away" like some phenomenon!!

I hope this is helpful to you.

If you need more consultation - I do offer personal telephone coaching sessions - so let me know.

I will charge $75 per half hour - but it may be helpful if you want to discuss your dental problems in more depth.

Best Wishes,

Dr.Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health

Thrilled with the Results: Testimonial

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I have been using your system since mid March and am really thrilled with the results to date. I am 58 and just got braces in early March. I was searching on the internet for info on how to best take care of my teeth while having braces and found your website. It has been a real blessing. After the first 10 days or so I noticed a big improvement of the sensitivity I’ve had for years. When I went to the Orthodontist to have my first adjustment in early April, he complemented me on how well I was keeping my teeth clean. He continues to mention my excellent hygiene with each subsequent visit (about every three weeks). In early June I had my first cleaning with my regular Dental Hygienist and she immediately said my gums looked great and asked me what I was doing. Also, because of the sensitivity, I’ve never been able to let her use the sonic cleaner on my teeth to any great length. But this time she was able to use it as needed and my teeth felt great! Probably the best cleaning I’ve had in years. With the continued use of your mouth rinse system and the Zellies, my teeth always feel smooth and clean. What a difference. I am looking forward to my next cleaning in December just to compare. I really think it will be a breeze!

I have been sharing information about your website with family and friends. One friend who is particularly excited about the program just had her first cleaning since starting the system in April with great results too. Her hygienist was extremely impressed and asked her what she was doing. But we do have a question for you. My friend’s dentist suggested she use the gel formula of the Crest Cavity Protection saying in might benefit her more because of small fillings at the gum line. Would you suggest she continue with the regular paste or would the gel be okay?

Thank you for all your time and research, and for getting this information out there. It has rocked my world, and I am so grateful!



Hi WC,

Great testimonials!!

Thanks for all the great testimonials - I am thrilled for you that so many positive changes are happening in your mouth. It always makes me smile when I get questions like yours. For years patients have been trying to find the "key" to oral health. They have trusted their health professionals - using suggested "brushing and flossing" techniques, samples of toothpaste and a bunch of other "recommendations" - all without success. Then my clients arrived at the dental appointments with vastly improved oral health - (gum health and improved tooth health). THEN their professionals chime in with their next suggestion. I think the best response is to send a copy of my book which explains WHY the products you used worked.

My system is Specific!!

My system is EXACTLY that - a precise system of products that work in a multitude of macroscopic and microscopic ways. My suggestions are balanced for pH, abrasivity, for remineralization effects, forspecific demineralization effects that give the ability to make teeth more acid resistant. This is an elegant multi-step recipe that WORKS. Just like a fantastic cake recipe, change ONE THING - and you will change the outcome.

Good vs.Bad pastes:

Toothpastes are usually make from either silica or chalk. Crest Cavity Protection paste contains silica particles which speed remineralization of teeth in the presence of sodium fluoride. Silica particles come from glass and are superior to chalk for this and a number of other reasons. Most "health store pastes" have silica in them - but they are not ground fine enough - and many "health" pastes are very abrasive. Crest Cavity protection PASTE is a perfect grind with the ability to clean but NOT abrade the tooth surface.

I wish dental professionals would learn more about developing healthy biofilm. This is the layer that is promoted by the use of my system with xylitol. This is a protective healthy film that forms from proteins in saliva and covers your teeth to give them that "just waxed" feel. The loss of this film allows recession, "cavities" and grooves at the gum level. It's not so much about toothpaste - but balanced oral health.

I suggest you stay doing what you are doing!!

Thanks for your message,

Best Wishes,


Monday, August 01, 2011

Everyday Health Q & A Part 4

I was recently asked to participate on the Everyday Health Dental Expert panel. Here is another Q & A:

Why have amalgam fillings been under scrutiny?

In the early 1930s a new silver amalgam filling material was introduced to the US from France. A number of prominent dentists refused to use the new product, claiming that mercury it contained could affect mental and physical health. (A few years before, manufacturers in the felt hat industry had discovered mercury in their process was responsible for deterioration in the mental health of workers. The mad hatter - described in the novel from this time - Alice in Wonderland – shows up as an incarnation of this problem)

Although some dentists refused to use silver fillings, a new organization formed and the protest was silenced. This new organization was the American Dental Association – and their incentive was a patent they held on the new silver-filling product. Since that day there has been eighty years of debate about the benefits and hazards of silver-mercury-amalgams.

Many “health conscious” people have flocked to have silver fillings removed, unaware that the replacement white filling materials contain BisPhemol A (BPA) – an estrogen-mimicking compound that may make you fatter, advance puberty in a child and affect sex hormones. Which option is worse?

In fact, the greatest danger from mercury in a filling is during the process of placing or removing the filling. Ingestion of mercury is the concern. A silver filling should be placed under “rubber dam” (a barrier that stops any chance of particles being swallowed or inhaled during the filling process). Vapors of mercury can be inhaled when an old filling is being ground down, so adequate ventilation is essential when a filling is being changed or removed.

Left alone, in a well-protected mouth, I do not believe that old silver fillings create a health concern. In an acidic mouth where these fillings are being damaged by acidity, they may be toxic. The concern is that the mercury is ingested from broken fillings, or released from the filling. Mercury can change your gut bacteria, affect enzymes, damage your immune system, and even affect mental health.

The main concern is for people who are dedicated soda or juice drinkers, and these folks should think about changing their habits or change any silver fillings in their mouth. A major hazard to silver fillings is from peroxide - the product in most bleaching agents. Studies show that peroxide releases mercury vapor from silver fillings, promoting the dangers of mercury toxicity and also causing fillings to fail.

I suggest people avoid peroxide and whitening products (like whitening rinses and bleaching strips) and avoid long periods of mouth acidity. If you keep your teeth and mouth healthy and clean on a daily basis, old silver fillings should not cause any harm. Of course, the best advice is to avoid fillings of all kinds and enjoy the joys of naturally strong, healthy teeth – this is easy when you know how!

Everyday Health Q & A Part 3

I was recently asked to participate on the Everyday Health Dental Expert panel. Here is another Q & A:

Do over the counter teeth whitening products work as well as professional options? 

How do teeth change color? 

My dental professors taught me that bleaching teeth was a dangerous and bad thing to do. We learned that tooth color is a consequence of how light reflects off the tooth surface. If this surface is strong and shiny, light will refract off the enamel crystals and sparkle like a diamond, looking healthy and white. Today young dentists learn about tooth color during their training, but companies selling whitening products usually present this information to them!

Tooth enamel is colorless – like glass – something that surprises most patients. When enamel is damaged by acidity it becomes porous as little holes open between the enamel crystals. Soft enamel will stain easily, and also allow light to travel through, showing the yellowish part of the tooth (the dentin) underneath. An observer sees this tooth as darker, but the changes are simply in reflection and refraction, and should warn a patient that acidity is attacking their teeth. One shocking fact is that most Whitening Strips are extremely acidic (as low as pH 1.5) which will further damage “yellowish” enamel, that is already weak and porous.

What makes teeth Naturally Whiter? 

Oral care that helps remineralize enamel will restore strength and whiteness to weak or dull teeth. Using a rinse like Closys before brushing lifts surface stains, and xylitol with dilute fluoride helps make enamel smoother, more mineralized and brighter. I have 80-year-old clients whose yellowing teeth became a healthy white color, just with protection, remineralization and exposure to xylitol over a couple of years.

The problem with bleaching is the negative effect of peroxide on healthy biofilm (the natural film that protects teeth). Minerals will dissolve out of teeth and although peroxide can lighten teeth, damage from bleaching may render teeth sensitive, weak and more likely to stain! Even more serious is the fact that peroxide releases mercury from silver fillings, which is a problem for someone with lots of fillings who is bleaching often. Peroxide can also damage gums and even kill the nerve of the tooth if you have deep unfilled cavities in your mouth.

My suggestion is to use a sensible routine to strengthen your teeth daily for at least a year, preferably two, and then – if you are still unhappy with the color of your teeth- invest in the safest whitening performed by the best dentist you can find!

Hate Going to the Dentist?

Lots of people hate going to the dentist - are you one of them? Merritt Wellness is located in Austin Texas and they recently highlighted Dr. Ellie's System:

Read this article and see what Merritt Wellness is saying about the Complete Mouth Care System.