Question about stains after 15 months on program

Hi again Dr. Ellie. Thank you for much for your quick reply. Yes, you can use my question on your blog. I’d be honored.

I seem to meet the criteria already of your suggestions:  I use probiotics every day. I’m in good health. My significant other also uses your system, and he’s the only one I am in intimate contact with (his staining is much less than mine since using your system for the last year) My water supply comes from the water system in our town, and I always drink filtered water. I would never switch toothpastes now from the Crest you recommend. I probably take more than your recommended amount of xylitol through Zellies mints each day already. I could try adding the xylitol to drinking water, though, in addition.

I do have a bad, nervous habit of chewing at the insides of my cheeks, and I haven’t been able to stop. My insurance doesn’t cover a dental guard that my dentist has recommended for this. Do you think this habit could be contributing to the excessive staining?

Again, I would really welcome your continued advise. Other than the staining, my teeth are shiny and my hygienist noticed that my receding gums went from a “4” to a “3.” Thanks for your fabulous system.


Hi M,
It doesn’t seem obvious what is causing your staining problem but let’s keep working on possible leads. I don’t know why you are biting the inside of your cheek do you have a white buildup skin in this area, or is it sore? I feel eradicating this problem may be something that connects the dots for us.
I’m also interested in the fact that you talk about a dental guard I assume your dentist may have seen evidence of tooth grinding. Almost everyone grinds and bites their teeth – some people do this almost continuously and most of us do this at nighttime without any problems.
So why do some people have tooth damage from grinding teeth? Whereas most people have no problems, a few people have broken teeth, ground down surfaces, or what is referred to as “wear facets”? The reason for this damage is twofold  and the people who suffer this kind of damage have either :
1) Inadequate lubrication to protect the teeth ( i.e. dry mouth too little saliva to lubricate teeth).
2) Saliva that no longer protects teeth. (Healthy “mineral-rich” saliva is able to repair tooth damage almost instantly, and keep teeth strong enough to resist abrasion from the opposing arch. The only exception would be if you have ceramic crowns in one arch, crowns that contact teeth in the opposing arch. Ceramic is much harder than regular tooth enamel so the ceramic will cause wear on the opposing enamel). If, however, your saliva is acidic it will soften the tooth enamel and then the enamel will grind down quickly, fracture, or break easily.
As soon as you see any signs of tooth grinding fracture lines, wear facets, or ground down surfaces you should consider that you have new dry mouth problems or mouth acidity problems. In both cases the frequent use of xylitol will help, and the use of my mouth rinse regimen will build acid-resistance and extra strength into your teeth. There are other things you can do to try to eliminate mouth acidity taking more minerals, relaxing more, checking your diet etc.
I always recommend my rinse regimen before any crowns are placed simply because the stress of crowns biting on regular teeth can easily cause damage to the opposing teeth This damage almost always happens unless the opposing teeth are “super strengthened” by the use of my rinse system.
I’m interested to learn a little more about your cheek biting problem when it started how long you’ve had it and if it’s getting any better.
I hope we can resolve this for you,
Best wishes,

Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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