Dental Check-Up

Hi Again:

Had my first cleaning and exam since starting the system about 6 months ago. The hygienist commented that my mouth has always been very clean but now it’s really clean my cleaning took about 15 mins. I did ask her to be very gentle with the final polish so as to preserve the enamel as much as possible and she was.

My dentist did the exam following the cleaning and she was amazed at the healthy state of my gums especially around some new crowns that she did just prior to when I started the system. She mentioned that gums around crowns are prone to be sensitive and irritated for a while, if not even forever sometimes, but mine look as good as can be.

Question I had a white filling put in on the gum line cheek side of a back molar last year (was not on the system yet…) the white filling came out the other day and I returned to my dentist who decided that it would be best to fill it should I be worried of this tooth breaking?

Thanks and best,


Hi K,

I am delighted to hear your fantastic oral health report.

My main excitement is that you are one of only a few people in the US to have such superb gum health most people are walking around with disease, disease that is affecting their general health.

Don’t worry about your new filling. The most important thing is to keep the tooth enamel strong and you will do this by using the system I recommend.

Only acid damage or mouth dryness causes enamel to flake and break, crack and split. Use the system I recommend and always PROTECT your teeth from acidity. Zellies mints and gum are a quick and easy way to end a meal or drink. A little granular xylitol in water is also a nice way to sip xylitol day or night.

The more TIMES a day your teeth experience xylitol the stronger (and younger) they will become!

I am delighted we “met” .

Maybe your dentist would enjoy a copy of Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye? I will try to remember to run a special around the Holiday time! Ha!

Best Wishes,


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  • Hi, I want to ask a question which was sparked by you mentioning that if children have sugary drinks before bed and then brush their teeth they can still have difficulties. I wondered if the same can happen wit medication. I am having real problems with my teeth gettig more and more problems with carries (I will start using your technique by the way.) I take a no of medications, Sodium valproate, lamotrigine and citalopram. The former I take last thing at night. Do you have any evidence that the drugs themselves could be causing problems?ThanksCaroline

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    No evidence of any specific drugs that damage teeth unless they are in a syrup or flavored with sugar, sorbitol etc.i don't think anyone has even looked at this subject.Medications in syrups etc provide "bacteria food" for plaque and stimulate acid production.Most medications have "dry mouth" side effects ( xerostomia) and lack of saliva reduces the protection offered to teeth by saliva.Another change may be that a certain medication could damage the protective "pellicle" that covers healthy teeth.This pellicle layer keeps teeth comfortable and healthy. This layer appears to be damaged by a number of antibacterial products, antibiotics, baking soda, peroxide ( think whitening products) and also when a mouth is very dry or very acidic.You may find additional answers if you read my book – Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye – which covers most of the reasons why people have dental disease.If you read the book you will read about this "risk factor" analysis in detail.My suggestions for you: Just before sleeping – eat a little xylitol ( or put a little in water and sip it after the meds).Eat xylitol off a spoon – or get Zellies mints.Get started as soon as possible.The rinse system that I recommend offers additional protection for your teeth.Using this system will make teeth less easily damaged and more acid-resistant ( the medications could produce mouth acidity – it is possilble).Hope this helps,Ellie

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