Bad Bacteria & Healthy Bacteria

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I assume it’s not necessary to brush teeth after every meal once the bad bacteria have been crowded out by the healthy ones and have taken residence in the mouth?

When you say to leave Act in the mouth as long as possible, do you mean before spitting it out or after spitting it out and before eating and drinking anything ?


Hi PG,

Thanks for your message.

If you end a meal with an alkaline food (like dairy, cheese fresh celery, carrots ) no further action is needed!

Xylitol mints or gum is of course a perfect ending to a meal so brushing is not needed.

Plaque bacteria take 12 hours to grow on teeth so brushing every 12 hours is enough.
More than this may do more harm than good this is my message.

Besides, at work many people use toothbrushes that have been fermenting in a bag or purse or stored in a common area restroom (ugh!!)

If you just drank a coffee or soda at the end of the meal, your mouth would be acidic. Then brushing with toothpaste can abrade away enamel and make your teeth sensitive and weak. If you use whitening or tartar control toothpaste your chances of this are great because these pastes are so abrasive.

The longer ACT has to work with your teeth the greater the healing. ACT should be rinsed for at least a minute or two before spitting out. Spit out well two or three times to get all the globs of rinse out! Now it is preferable not to eat or drink for as long as possible so the residue in the dents and crevices of your teeth can continue to work their healing magic!

Hope this answers your questions,
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623

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  • Anonymous says:

    I have demineralized teeth from drinking grapefruit juice every day for months. I am desperate for help and thought your program might reverse the damage. I bought a couple of bottles of ACT online, but then I noticed that it had cytelpyridinium chloride in it, the same active ingredient as the Crest ProHealth mouthwash which has stained many people's teeth brown. You can read all the bad reviews on that product on Then I checked your website again and found that you do have people telling you their teeth were stained brown by the ACT rinse, but you have written this off, saying it proves it is working because that's 'dead plaque' and is easily removed at the dentist office. Are you aware that this chemical is known by the FDA to cause brown discoloring of teeth, sometimes permanent, and a Michigan lawyer is suing Procter & Gamble for damages, asking other victims to join in a class lawsuit? I have thrown out my new bottles of ACT, as I can't risk using that chemical. ACT also has sorbitol, which can be used by bacteria to cause acid. Surely there is a more natural fluoride rinse without the bad stuff, sweetened with xylitol, that you could recommend. And what about the Closys that I bought? I see it has citric acid, but you say on your website that citric acid pulls calcium out of teeth!

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    Sorry to hear you have dental problems but I am not prepared to argue your points in this forum.I suggest this system, I use this system and I believe in this system. So do many other health professionals and patients. My reasons for suggesting these products are described in detail in my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.I devoted 9 years to writing this book – describing why this system works.My book is not a sales brochure for products that make me any money (I have nothing to do with the products – no connection with any of the companies that make any of these rinses). Mine is a book to help people, like you, understand the fine points of oral health and improve their oral health. I am not sure if you are looking for help – or just desperate and frustrated.I am not in this to defend products that are not mine.I am here to tell you that when you use the products in the way I describe – you will get remineralization and repair of damaged enamel.Your oral health will also improve in every way. If you want my advice – you need to follow my program.You should feel results in a matter of days – and see results in a matter of weeks. I cannot help you if you don't want to use the products I recommend.Maybe start with xylitol? I hope you give this a try – at least for a few days,Best Wishes, I wish I could help you more. Ellie http://www.zellies.com26 Corporate WoodsRochester, NY 14623(585) 272-1270

  • Ann says:

    Because of a history of autoimmune disease and sensitivity to sulfates, my doctor has recommended I strictly avoid exposure to any products with sulfates, such as Sodium Laurel Sulfate. Therefore, Crest toothpaste is not an option for me. Can you suggest an alternative, such as Basis Toothpaste? It contains hydrated silica, calcium carbonate, xylitol, sea salt, and some herbs like myrrh, echinacea, arnica, yarrow and propolis. It does not contain glycerin.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    Because my experience is with the combination of products that I specifically recommend – I cannot comment on what the outcome will be if you add a different product. It is not so much about the list of ingredients in a product – but HOW these products work together that is important and this is what creates my suggested system. If your specific needs require you to modify the system – you will have to do so. This is like a recipe that you would use to make a cake, and if you alter the ingredients or method – the cake may not be exactly the same! Ellie Phillips DDSwww.ZelliesCleanWhiteTeeth.comSolutions for Oral Health!author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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