Dear Dr. Ellie,
I have been using your CWT system diligently for the last five months. I started chewing xylitol mints (about 9 gms a day) two months before that, so I’ve been at it for more than six months. I felt really good about it, and my gums improved dramatically. However, the system caused considerable staining near the gums and between my teeth (I have some gum recession caused by adult orthodontics for 3.5 years). I went to the dentist today for my cleaning and the hygienist scraped so hard that my gums started bleeding. Also, she used the Diagnodent laser that detects cavities, and said that all the old cavities that she had detected at earlier visits looked the same, and I had a new cavity on the biting surface of the last molar. How could that happen? I feel quite discouraged. I have followed the recommended system of rinses, Crest toothpaste and xylitol “to the T”.
Will the cavities get better with continued use of the system, or will I be left filling all my teeth? Also, can you recommend any dentist in Indianapolis, Indiana, who believes in remineralization of teeth? Thank you very much in advance. I think you are doing us all a big service by maintaining your blog and providing advice.
Stay focused and lets talk about everything one item at a time!
First it is wonderful news that your gums are better. This will have a direct impact on your health. Gum disease is progressive and gets worse if not corrected. Congratulations on six months of improvement with your gum health!
Next I would like you to read what I have written about staining on my website: Here is the link
Basically staining can occur if you make a big change to your oral health (which you have done).
When leaves fall off trees they take away the “debris” from the tree. We notice their color as they collect around the base of the tree. This is almost the same thing with your teeth the dead plaque collects as a stain band around your teeth.
At present I think the best way to remove this stain is to go to the dentist and have a cleaning.
(However, I am testing the use of Nano particle Silver Solution rinsed or maybe brushed onto teeth to see if this can remove these stains I will let you know.)
Now let’s talk about diagnosis, cavities and fillings. I wonder why they did not diagnose with X rays? On X ray you can often see a cavity “filling in”.
It sounds as if your dentist is not a believer in remineralization many dentist do not know that fillings can reverse. There is a list of dentists who believe in “minimally invasive dentistry” on a website WCMID.com http://www.wcmid.com/search.php
Of course there are times when the filling is so deep it may not repair completely. There are times to fill a tooth because it is unsightly or because food collects in the hole (cavity).
If your diagnosis is being taken with diagnodent equipment I would believe that this tooth is most likely not giving you any problems and that this lesion is small. Six months is barely enough time for remineralization plus you may have risk factors that are working against you.
In a totally healthy mouth (with alkaline saliva and a nice wet mouth) teeth can remineralize quickly. In a dry or an acidic mouth you have to work a little harder and wait a little longer.
I would make sure that when you rinse with ACT at the end of your system you keep it in your mouth for as long as possible (3 minutes?) Spit the ACT out but make sure that you do not eat or drink after using this rinse especially last thing at night.
If you are a mouth breather make sure you protect your teeth from everything that you eat or drink and when your mouth is dry best to use some Zellies mints or gum.
I am not in a position to give you any advice about fillings but personally I see no reason why these teeth will not remineralize themselves.
Don’t be discouraged be happy about your gum health and hang in there maybe a little more ACT one extra time a day?
I would be happy to chat on the phone call me if you like!
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