Dear Dr. Ellie,
Can you explain to me what the difference between xylitol and other sugar substitutes and how less plaque I can expect with Zellies? I have always had a lot of plaque and bleeding gums.
Thank you for your e-mail.
You asked about Zellies and plaque.
Zellies are sweetened with 100 percent xylitol the best kind of “sugar-free” product.
Be careful not to confuse xylitol with sorbitol.
Sorbitol is an artificial sweetener which can cause plaque to thicken and aggravate acid reflux and gum disease.
Sorbitol is in a lot of diet and sugar free things ( drinks and gum)
If you have a plaque problem be careful to avoid it!
Xylitol ( in Zellies) kills off plaque bacteria.
If you eat a small handful of Zellies each day for five weeks the plaque germs will have gone from your teeth.
Zellies confuse the bacteria they try to use it as an energy source.
They cannot but they keep trying until they burn themselves out and are gone!
This means that as you eat Zellies you will have less and less plaque forming.
After two years of eating a few zellies a day you will probably stop forming plaque altogether!
(I have not needed a dentist cleaning for my teeth in over ten years and I am a dentist!!)
If you need help with bleeding gums or other concerns I am happy to talk on the phone or just e-mail me questions.
Closys is a great mouth rinse if you use if you have bleeding gums or bad breath.
Use it before you brush your teeth because it helps to loosen the plaque bacteria.
For information check out www.CleanWhiteTeeth.com
Thanks and good luck.
I will ask my office manager to send you out some samples if she has not already done so!
Ellie Phillips DDS.
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623