Dear Dr. Ellie:
I’m 47. I have cavities every time a go to the dentist. I suck on hard candy throughout the day at work. I also drink coffee/tea sometimes with sugar added. I believe this is a big part of my problem. I am trying to cut back. I don’t like the taste of some of the sweeteners. My new dentist recommended looking you up.
Acids and dry mouth are the biggest problems for teeth and the reason for cavities. Worry less about sugar and more about acidity and dry mouth.
You may have a dry mouth (and we may not be able to change that). The bad news is that dry mouth makes you more prone to having cavities but the good news is that if you have dry mouth, healing will happen more quickly!
Try and figure out where acidity could come from. It may be citrus fruits or juices (sucking lemons, citrus candy?) It is OK and you can continue to do this. You just need to protect your teeth after these acid attacks with xylitol.
Every time you finish eating or drinking anything eat a little xylitol. The xylitol can be a piece of xylitol gum, a xylitol breath mint or just a few granules of xylitol ‘sugar” It does not matter how you eat it because it instantly protects your teeth and helps to strengthen and repair them.
Xylitol takes away acidity and helps heal the damage that sugar causes. You are going to love this new way of looking after your teeth!
Next, you need to purchase ACT anticavity mouth rinse. (It is usually in Walgreens or Wal-Mart do not buy the store brands please get the real thing!) Use this rinse after brushing your teeth morning and night. ACT is as helpful to cavity-filled teeth as a great moisturizer is to dry skin. ACT in conjunction with the xylitol will start to reverse this damage and you will quickly see results.
Start with this and then read more on the website about my Complete Mouth Care System.
It really works!
Good luck samples are on their way to you. Please thank your dentist next time you visit. I think we will save you from more cavities and delight him with the results!
Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester NY 14623