Loosening Teeth

Dear Dr. Ellie,

What do you recommend for teeth becoming loose as one ages?

Dear LC:

It is very rare for teeth to suddenly “loosen”. Even strong bites or tooth grinding are not real reasons. Almost all problems begin as a slowly progressing disease which first starts as an inflammation of the gums. The gums bleed when they are brushed or touched. Unless this stage is reversed, the disease will progress slowly under the gums gradually breaking the little fibers that attach a tooth to the bone socket in your jaw. This stage will go on until there are so few fibers attaching your tooth it will fall out.

Reversing the first stage of gum infection is easy and usually takes less than two weeks.Preventing the ongoing destruction under the gums is more difficult and may take months or even years of careful care. (If too much bone has been lost it may not be possible to reverse). The moral of this is start today.

All the instructions are on my website:http://www.zellies.com/store.asp?pid=14406&catid=19708 I tell people to use my CWT system exactly as described. The Closys rinse before brushing is a very important part of the program. The Crest, Listerine and ACT are also important components. You must also try to eat at least 6-8 grams of xylitol each day. I would suggest one or two Zellies mints or the fruit Zellies after everything you eat or drink, and again if your mouth is ever dry.

My last piece of advice is to make sure you keep your toothbrush clean every day see the instructions on the website:http://www.zellies.com/store.asp?pid=17185

Hope this helps,

Ellie Phillips, DDS

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