Too Much Cleaning Causing Tooth Sensitivity?

Dr. Ellie,

I have been using your system for about 3 months and am very pleased. I consume about 8 grams of xylitol a day using your granular and mint forms. I do the complete system three times a day, as I am currently using Invisalign and must brush after each meal.

I have found that I still have some tooth sensitivity and believe it’s related to the Closys. The reason I think so is that I used Closys in the past-independent of your system-and had to discontinue due to increased sensitivity. I have used Crest, Listerine and ACT without sensitivity so I strongly suspect Closys is responsible.

Can I use the granular Xylitol disolved in water as a pre-rinse in lieu of the Closys? I also wanted to let you know that the Xylitol is a great help with the dry mouth that accompanies Invisalign. Thanks for your help and great product!


I believe many “toothies” clean their teeth too often and cause sensitivity!

The Complete Mouth Care System is “designed” to be used every 12 hours, with xylitol mints and gum during the day after meals and drinks.

My book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye explains why teeth need to be cleaned every 12 hours. My system appears very effective when used twice a day. Three times a day on a regular basis may be too much for some mouths.

Protect YourTeeth!

I believe too much cleaning may upset the development of “good” biofilm. Teeth require a “protective coating” for health. This coating forms naturally from saliva when mouth conditions are balanced and healthy.

You may “feel” this coating on your teeth when you use my system for a few days. The layer feels comfortable and slippery and seems to “tell you” that your mouth is “in balance”.

Want to Wow your dentist?
Make sure to use the Complete Mouth Care System within an hour of your dental appointment! I bet the first words are “Wow” – and lots of comments about how “clean” your teeth look!

NEVER use baking soda for cleaning teeth.
Baking soda in toothpaste and rinses appears to “over -clean” teeth. I believe baking soda may wipe out the good protective layer, leading to sensitivity, pain and even gum recession.

If you insist!
If you insist that and must brush after lunch, I suggest a very gentle approach. Use a tiny amount of Crest on a toothbrush then rinse out with a little ACT or just water. Eat Zellies mints or gum (gum is my choice to “clean” teeth after a meal and mints after drinks or coffee).

Ellie Phillips, DDS

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  • Cialis says:

    I have a sensitive tooth so i changed my toothpaste to a sensitive one which helps little bit. I had a filling done close to that tooth and that may be what triggered it.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    I am not a fan of sensitive toothpastes. Mainly they block up "holes" in your teeth which (of course) helps for a while but the downside is they block off natural healing. The answer to sensitivity is to fix the problem by replacing missing minerals and then prevent future damage.The oral care system I recommend will work to do this by combining "ingredients" in mouth rinse system to stimulate natural tooth healing. Hope this helps!Ellie http://www.zellies.com26 Corporate WoodsRochester, NY 14623(585) 272-1270

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