Dear Dr. Ellie,

I used the whitestrips in January I wouldn’t touch them now and I found your description of the tooth enamel to be fascinating.  I always thought enamel was like plaster coating (or enamel paint!) on the outside of the tooth nothing like the complicated structure you described!  I found you
online in Feb. and I read the whole book just a few weeks ago, and just loaned it to my brother.

Yes, my daughter is doing the bubblegum ACT, and we’ll try to step up the xylitol for both of us, as I don’t think I’m anywhere near being in danger of overdosing. 

My baby’s father needs to be on the xylitol, too.  He is scared of it, I think.  I referred him to your website. He asked the dentist about xylitol and they said it was good.  I put some in her water and he tasted it and said it was too sweet. He wants her to have good teeth he has had lots of trouble with his teeth he wants his daughter to have good teeth. I also got some lollipops from Dr. John, but she’s really not eating them well (she does mints better) and the lollipops seems to not keep well they have
melted into a sticky mess!!

I suspect that my daughter’s tooth enamel is defective it seems funny that it is just her upper teeth. 

Thanks and we’ll just work the system harder and hope for the best. I really think it has helped my daughter’s front teeth to stabilize.  If the deterioration had continued at the same pace, those teeth would be gone by now.


Hi L,

I encourage you to keep working on ways to include xylitol into your family’s routine. Your husband may like Zellies mints unless he’s a gum chewer.

The mints are a convenient and easy way to get a little bit of xylitol throughout the day. Women seem more likely to deal with putting xylitol in water and sipping it through the day or eating a little with fruit at the end of the meal etc.

Strive for five exposures a day keep it simple, but make it a routine.It is the combination of xylitol and ACT that will heal your daughter’s teeth.

Research shows that children with bad teeth at four years old are more likely to have bad teeth throughout life. This is an important because (it means) if your child has a healthy mouth at four years old she will likely have good teeth for life.

Wishing you a happy weekend,


Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!

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