Controlling Decay

Readers: Here is a letter I recieved from a dental hygenist recently. I hope that this correspondance helps other hygenist provide the best level of care to their patients.

Dear Dr. Phillips,
Thank you so very much for coming to the 7th District Dental Hygiene Meeting and presenting the information on Xylitol. I had already been doing a bit of research and am very intrigued by the re-calcification process. One of my frustrations is the unavailability of Xylitol in America (what does that say for our state of health and prevention??).

I had wanted to ask you about ‘amorphous calcium phosphate’ (Recaldent, ReMin etc.) I was wondering what you have found about this, and how it fits into the overall picture of re-calcifying tooth structure.

I have been a practicing dental hygienist for well over 30 years. I have always told patients about the acidity levels causing more decay vs. calculus. I have rarely found a patient to have both active perio disease and rampant decay……it is usually one or the other, recognizing that the decayed mouths are more acidic. I would love to be able to give my patients ‘hope’ that they can have more control over the decay, besides just flossing/brushing and watching their diets.

Once again, thank you for a very timely presentation and I look forward to hearing from you.

J S., RDH 

Hi J,

I can hear your frustration and I have worked out a solution because I used to feel the same about patients.

If you get patients to try this system IT WILL WORK.
The biggest problem is making them believe.

My FULL program is :

Pre-rinse ( before brushing with Closys II pH balanced rinse)
Brush ( Zellies toothbrush) and Crest regular paste
Listerine (not the plaque control but any other one is fine)
ACT ( Christmas colors green or red!)
Zellies all day and during the night if you wake up!

All my best,

Dr. Ellie Phillips

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