Hello Dr. Ellie,
I have been a dental hygienist for over 15 years and I have struggled with recurrent decay myself. (Thanks for the information about sorbitol in sugarless gum).
Well, I am grateful I found your blog. I have been reading it day and night for 2 days. I have already ordered your products for my family. My 23 month was just diagnosed with 4 small cavities on her upper incisors. She is still breastfeeding. Her pediatric dentist recommended that I swab ACT on her teeth no more than 3 times a week. He wants to put her under general and do pulpotomies and crowns. The decay hasn’t reached the nerve. It is still the size of a pin hole. So, the enamel has been compromised. He said there isn’t any rush, so I want to start with the Z water (5 times a day) and ACT (3 times a day instead of 3 times a week). Does this sound o.k.? Also, do you have any pictures showing the effects of xylitol after 6 months or longer on patients teeth. My husband is skeptical, this could convince him.
Thanks for all the great research and information.
Also, I can’t wait for your new book, when is it due to be released?
I am sorry but I cannot access any good before and after but maybe we can use your upcoming experience as a start! I will put your letter on my blog and see if some happy other parents would respond with pictures or stories.
I am going to try and set up a facebook page so that parents can put up stories for others to read ( this should be ready in a couple of weeks). I can link also you to the cover and inside pages of my upcoming book – it will be in bookstores in January and on the website in the fall.
I would suggest you read the testimonials
The Surgeon General, other dentists (there are more through a link at the bottom of the page)
This book describes repair by treating teeth this way. I include true stories of reversal of caries and repair through remineralization. Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye gives the biochemistry explanation of what is going on why it works. These endorsements may help your husband feel more confident that I am telling tooth truth!
I cannot tell you what to do since I cannot get between professionals and their advice to you. As a mother I would not rush to have a GA for tooth decay that has not reached the pulp. These teeth may need some treatment in the end but even stalling for some years will make this less traumatic and it is not unreasonable to expect reversal if the cavities are not too large.
Your plan seems good to me, and you have understood the most important elements of it.
I hope this helps but I have to be careful not to get between patients and the advice they are given by their doctors.
Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623
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