Dear Dr. Ellie,
I have a question. You written that each time one eats anything we should take a Zellie mint or a little bit of Xylitol. I would imagine that if it were a time that I would be brushing my teeth right after eating, I wouldn’t need to take the mint at that time. Is that right, or is it a good idea to take the mint, and brush anyway? Seems sort of a dumb question but it is sort of puzzle for those of us who are just learning all of this.
Thank you so much.
It will not hurt your teeth to eat a little xylitol after every meal.
It may hurt teeth to brush them after meals if you have been eating anything acidic.
Real Life Story:
I was talking to a gentleman last night who ruined his teeth by brushing them immediately after eating lemons. He loves lemons and eats them in some form at every meal. He knew the citric acid was bad for his teeth and so he would rush to brush his teeth after each meal. Unfortunately lemon juice quickly softens enamel and leaves it vulnerable to toothpaste abrasion. This man abraded ALL the enamel off his teeth in this way.
If this man had eaten a Zellie mint or some xylitol after eating the lemons his mouth would no longer have been acidic, his teeth would not have softened and his dental damage would probably not have happened. Just a real life example of how Zellies can help!
Thanks so much for your interest,
Please keep in touch,
Ellie Phillips, DDS