Cracked Tooth

Hello Dr. Ellie,

I’m 24 years old and I’ve been on your system for about the last 7 months and have been very happy with it. My teeth feel so much cleaner all the time and my gums have stopped bleeding. (In the couple of weeks previous to starting your system last year my gums bled every time I brushed my teeth.) I take at least a tsp. of xylitol a day. (I pour a little granulated xylitol out of our sugar bowl into my hand whenever I’m finished eating/drinking tea/etc. plus taking Zellies if I’m out and about.)

So, today was my first dental cleaning since starting. The hygienist didn’t comment on the improvement (but it’s been two years since I had my teeth cleaned!). I was shocked at the difference that I noticed!!

When I had my teeth cleaned two years ago the gum around every single tooth bled and when I left the Dentist office every tooth in my mouth hurt and I ended up taking Tylenol. (I have a pretty good threshold of pain, so I was annoyed that I had to take Tylenol after a cleaning, but my mouth hurt so bad.) This time my gums hardly bled at all (she only used one piece of gauze for the whole time) and my teeth didn’t hurt at all once I left!! I was thrilled!

She says I have a couple of cavities that need filling (I think the last time I had about 17 this time 3!!!) At the end of my cleaning I asked about the swollen place (I had mentioned it when I went in) and the hygienist decided to take an X-ray to show the root that way they’d know if it was an abscess. When she came back in with the X-ray she had the Dentist with her and they said it wasn’t an abscessinstead it’s cracked all the way down including the root!! The Dentist asked if (based on my previous time with the abscess) if I would want an extraction or a crown.

I’m wondering if there’s any possibility that it would reminerialize? I know on your blog you say that if it’s a crack like resulting from an accident it won’t, so I’m assuming that one all the way through the root would fall in that category too.

Any advice?!

Thanks again for all of your help.

Hi M,

If a tooth is cracked there is not much choice. Sorry it is not what you wanted to hear. I would not suggest you leave infection and a cracked tooth in your mouth better to get it removed and move on. The good news: Your “oral health” seems to be excellent! You should be thrilled that you have gained control over your oral health! Congratulations.

It is annoying that old things like giant fillings can continue to cause problems but no more new ones for you! I am so happy that you have found a way to gain control just stick to the system and your dental condition will get better and better! I think that two years is a very significant time for people on my system. When small cavities have healed and teeth are starting to shine and to whiten in color you will be very encouraged.

Keep on and please let me help whenever I can. I am sorry you have a cracked tooth but loosing a tooth is not the end of the world. For general health you need a healthy mouth. Have you avoided sore throats and other illness since on this program? Just remember to clean your toothbrush regularly and ensure you have at least 6 grams of xylitol each day. It sounds as if you do this. Good job! I think you are going to be very happy when you look back and see what you have achieved.

Best Wishes let me know if I can help,

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