ACT & Fillings Questions

Dear Dr. Ellie:

Does leaving Act in the mouth as long as possible in liquid form before spitting it out more or less beneficial than the residue drying in the mouth after spitting it out and before eating and drinking anything?

I had my mercury fillings removed years ago and had white ones put in. Unfortunately the ones in the back kept breaking so I had inlays put in. Are they the same material, worse?

With this system will minerals take their place and dislodge them?
Is malic acid in apples less corrosive than citric acid?


Hi P,

You asked me to compare malic acid from apples with citric acid.

It is not possible to compare the effects of two acids and then extrapolate this to teeth.

Sometimes there are other factors that make foods damage teeth more than others or protect teeth more than others.

Fresh apples contain polyphenols that are protective of teeth which is probably why fresh apples do not damage teeth but are protective. Citric acids, however, cause chelation ( clumping) of calcium in saliva which creates a “pull” of minerals out of teeth to replace the “missing” calcium.

ACT residue on teeth will strengthen teeth as long as it stays in contact with the tooth surface. Research shows that if you do not eat or drink this can be several hours in the deep pits and crevices of teeth (after you spit out the rinse). I think 1-2 minute of rinsing is plenty it would not be sensible to rinse for half an hour!

My system is very powerful when used as I recommend and appears to heal teeth quickly.
These results are achieved when the system is used as described there is no need to try and “enhance” its effects by altering the procedures!

I believe that silver mercury fillings should not randomly be replaced with white. First, the disease must be controlled. White fillings attract plaque bacteria more than silver ones and cause white fillings to deteriorate in an unhealthy mouth quicker than silver ones.

I have white fillings that were done in the 1960s they are fine and working! The ADA gives white fillings a life span of about 5-7 years (compared with silver fillings that they say have a life span double this) I believe that if you keep enamel strong, your mouth alkaline, and control dental disease, virtually any filling can last a lifetime!

My oral care rinse system helps preserve fillings (of all kinds) by strengthening the enamel around fillings and inlays which stops them from leaking and breaking. I am a believer in the least replacements possible so don’t jump to replace fillings just because…..

My thoughts on silver fillings:
• Use my system to strengthen teeth and eradicate disease before getting fillings replaced.
• Avoid peroxide it encourages the release of mercury from silver fillings
• Avoid mouth acidity (drinks etc) which can cause of silver fillings to become pitted and break(this can put you at risk to ingest pieces of the mercury filling).
• I think a stable silver filling is not a real risk.
• People with silver fillings may wish to avoid chewing too much gum. Chewing can encourage mercury to the surface of silver fillings. (This definitely happens with new fillings but I am not sure if it occurs with older fillings) Heavily filled teeth are more likely to break if you chew on them constantly another reason to be moderate with gum if you have heavily filled teeth.
Hope this helps!


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