Alternatives to the Complete System?

Dear Dr. Ellie,

I have a question for you. I know that hard cheese can help remineralize the tooth’s enamel. I can dig the study up if you need it.

And they proved that after exposing teeth to coca cola which I’m sure is worse than the damage that listerine can do.

There are three alternatives I’ve been thinking about.

Instead of using the fluoride rinse can you use:

1. another round of Closys to neutralize PH in the mouth again.

2. Zellie’s mints because they contain calcium lactate

3. eating some hard cheese and letting it swish around with your saliva for a while?

I’m trying to think of an alternative to the fluoride. Many people who ask questions about their dental care are also concerned about fluoride. If we can offer them an alternative, I think it would make your program more acceptable to those who are seeking answers.

After having read what I have found about fluoride, I too still have big questions on my mind.

What do you think?


Dear SD,

You will have to read MY book!! ( to publish later in 2008!) Fluoride is a huge subject and few understand it. I have a complete chapter dedicated to Fluoride.

Anyone can suggest anything it is a free country.

I recommend my selection of rinses after thirty five years LOOKING ( at teeth) , searching, reading, evaluating and thinking. As a clinical dentist, a health-food advocate, a mother of five and a concerned human being …..I will stay with my recommendations.

You can advise people all day long how will you know what works and what does not?
Something may sound good (or bad) but how do you know? Be careful not to become another person giving out information that you think will work.

I had an offer from a publishing company two years ago (a nice publishing offer)… if I changed my views on fluoride ( and became a typical “fluoride fear” monger).

I refused.

I believe you have to understand how fluoride works, the difference between rinsing with ACT and all the other fluorides etc..[Just a FYI.]

My very best to you and as always, I appreciate the thoughts and suggestions of anyone interested!

Ellie Phillips, DDS

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