Dear Dr. Ellie:
I believe I have enamel erosion because my teeth are yellow, more sensitive, and my incisors have vertical ridges and transparent chipped edges. My teeth just don’t seem as white and solid as they once were. I started noticing problems after I went on a vegan diet that included lots of fruit. I am no longer vegan and am interested in healing a cavity and restoring my teeth. I have a few questions:
(Dr. Ellie’s Answers to these questions are in blue)
it possible to heal my teeth?
Yes, teeth can remineralize themselves.
The yellow color may take time to go away. People using my system have told me that sometimes it has taken a couple of months before their teeth started to change and become whiter but now month after month their teeth are getting smoother and shinier and whiter and stronger.
This is a slow natural process which occurs when the mouth is alkaline and is provided with enough mineral-rich saliva. Xylitol is great to stimulate remineralization particularly to the deeper layers under the tooth enamel surface.Eating Zellies after meals and drinks will ensure that teeth have a chance to remineralize about four or five times during the day.
The use of dilute sodium fluoride solution (provided it is in direct contact with tooth enamel) will also speed this process. Dilute fluoride has most effect on the outer “shell’ of the tooth. Use of xylitol and fluoride will be harmonious and will stimulate quite rapid remineralization enough for a dentist to notice after 6 months or so.
I only suggest dilute 0.05 sodium fluoride solution nothing stronger no gels or other kinds of fluoride. I agree that we do not need to ingest fluoride and I filter it out of my drinking water at home. I do, however, rinse with ACT twice a day at the end of tooth cleaning and spit out the rinse, leaving only a residue on the tooth surface. If you want to repair your teeth, I would suggest trying the Complete Mouth Care System EXACTLY as described.
I’m worried about fluoride, I don’t want to do something that will harm my body. I haven’t used fluoride toothpaste/mouthwash for years. So is it possible to heal them without fluoride? If so, what do you recommend that’s natural/fluoride free?
Fluoride is a big subject and on many points I agree with those who avoid fluoride. Iced teas often have loads of fluoride in them, for example.
ACT used as a rinse is different and ACT will help heal your teeth – so it is my recommendation.
To get the benefits of xylitol do I need to swallow it? Can I just swish the dissolved product for a few minutes and spit it out or take some xylitol as a mouthwash?
You could just rinse it around your mouth but please consider this: our bodies make 15 grams of xylitol each day it is produced by natural breakdown in the body. Xylitol helps to alkalize the body and also helps absorption of calcium.
Ingesting xylitol appears to almost be along the lines of a probiotic acid reflux symptoms seem to go away and some digestive problems have improved. We are only talking of eating about a teaspoon of xylitol each day ( 6.5 grams) which would be a couple of Zellies mints or a piece of gum after each meal.
Do you recommend tooth soap?
No because I don’t know enough about it and I am very satisfied with the products that I recommend.
I personally have only had one dental cleaning in twenty years. I grind my teeth at night and have been pregnant with five children. I have relied on my system for oral care and I have never had a cavity or filling since dental school (35 years ago) and my teeth are white, shiny, clean and my gums totally healthy. What more can I wish for?
What is the ideal PH of saliva to prevent tooth decay?
Tooth enamel will dissolve at a pH of 5.5. Teeth can be damaged at a pH lower than 6.0.
Neutral pH of 7.0 will not harm teeth. Teeth remineralize at pH values above 7.4 and eating xylitol can even boost the mouth pH to around 8.0 (very good for teeth!)