Here at Zellies, we get questions all the time about the CWT system, Zellies, and ways to care for teeth and gums. We are always happy to address your personal concerns and questions. Here are a few from Zellies and CWT System user: JT, and Dr. Ellie’s answers to him.
1. Have you considered the ACT product with alcohol to obviate the need for two different mouthwashes? My guess is that we are better off as is, so that the Listerine alcohol is brushed and rinsed away before applying the regular ACT.
You never want to brush after the Listerine because teeth are soft when “soaked” in sometihing acidic like Listerine. On the other hand, Listerine is such a wonderful antibacteria and it is included in my system for this property. After rinsing with Listerine you do not want to leave it on your teeth because of the alcohol, which would dry your mouth not a good thing! Listerine being acidic would normally be a bad thing ….unless you are about to rinse with dilute 0.05 fluroide. In this case, the acidity works to enhance the crystal forming benefits of the fluoride. So…..when you rinse with Listerine and follow it with ACT the bugs are killed and the strengthening effects of the fluroide are enhanced, and no alchol or acidity is left on your teeth. The dual rinse ends up being perfect and I’m not switching ever!
2. Which is better? to retire at night with ACT, or a Zellie after the ACT?
I am not certain. I end up with ACT (which I spit out a couple of times to make sure I don’t leave too much floating around in my mouth). I think a microscopic residue of fluoride on teeth is probably perfect at nighttime. If I drink or eat during the night for any reason I would eat some Zellies before going back to sleep. I have no idea if the combination of xylitol after fluoride would be better for teeth long term….I know people who eat them this way, because they like to snack in bed ! I will have to check their teeth in a few years!
3. Is there any disadvantage to using Kids’ ACT instead of the regular?
The regular green mint, red cinnamon and pink bubblegum Kids ACT all work the same. My daughter-in-law will only use the bubblegum!
I do not recommend the new Restore version it is a different formula.
4. Is the Xylitol benefit of the gum gone with the taste? (I realize that just plain chewing may help in saliva production, but not sure about the diminishing returns of that.) To rephrase: When to spit it out? Guess it’s a personal choice, eh?
Yes, the Xylitol benefit of the gum is gone with the taste.