Hello Dr. Ellie:
Just came across your site and am very interested in trying out your mouth care system. I often suffer from dry mouth and bad breath (I have to use a steroid inhaler for asthma), but I was just wondering:- Are Smints the same as Zellies? If not, do you know where I can find Zellies or other 100% Xylitol products in the UK either mints or gum? It is not so easy to find “Crest Regular” toothpaste in the UK, although I have occasionally seen other type of Crest. Is there any other toothpaste that would be suitable? (How about the Retardex one?) I was told that I should not use mouthwashes with alcohol, as they dry my mouth even more. Doesn’t Listerinecontain alcohol?Many thanks in advance for your advice. You have a great website!
Thanks so much for your message welcome to the wonderful world of oral health!
We are working hard to try and help people make good “substitute choices” when it is difficult to find exact products recommended for my system.
We will continue to address non USA countries helping people figure out what to do.
We would appreciate any feedback you have, particularly if you and other consumers could convince a big company like Boots to start carrying these items. If Boots were to have the original Crest…let me know …..and I will help spread the word!
Some Smints are 100 percent xylitol but Smints also come in flavors that are not…..check the ingredients ( you may need a magnifying glass!!)
Yes, any xylitol will work you could also try Tesco.
I think Tesco sell granular packets of xylitol under the label Perfect Sweet.
If this is correct and you find it I would love to have confirmation so that I can tell others.
We have recently compiled a list of substitute toothpastes and Retardex paste ( in USA it is called Closys) is my first suggested “substitute” toothpaste.
I have worked with many patients with dry mouth many chemotherapy patients and also patients with disease of the salivary glands.
Listerine has been rigorously studied over many years and has not been shown to be a problem.
I recommend Listerine providing you rinse it off after using with the ACT ( as suggested in my system) – because it is acidic and acidity will soften your teeth. (For more information you may like to read my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye available on Amazon)
There were some negative studies about Listerine but these were not done on patients.
They took skin cells in the lab and poured Listerine on them. In the mouth the effects of Listerine were shown to be very different.
I believe the “bad alcohol” studies were done in Australia (where interestingly they are trying to launch a new brand of mouth rinse using a native plant extract….)
I use Listerine. I feel comfortable using it since oral health is vital for general health.
At the present time, I believe my system offers the safest way to achieve oral health for most people.
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