Children’s Teeth

Hi Dr. Ellie,

If i’m brushing my daughter’s teeth with ACT, how much should i use? one drop or two? so i should stop using all toothpaste and just use ACT right?

I don’t have great teeth, and my husband, in spite of flossing and brushing with sonic care twice a day, still gets cavities..also there are history of bad teeth on both sides of the family…I hope she is not doomed..I feel so bad for her that this is happening, my heart just breaks everything I think about this…

She likes the mints and gum very much, so it’s been no problem getting her to take these..also she drinks the water with granular xylitol throughout the day so I think I can get her to take in at least 6/7 grams of xylitol a day without much difficulties.

thanks again for everything..



Hi T,

You must start to think of this – not as an inevitable ” bad teeth run in the family” but as AN INFECTION – i.e. germs!!! If we could see them it would be easy to make people do what I recommend! The problem is these germs float about in saliva – and this is why we pass them to each other.

Xylitol is a natural way TO ERADICATE these germs – wipe them out – keep them gone!! Your daughter and all the family can change the outcome – just need a little care.

Yes a drop of ACT can be used to brush her teeth. Do this morning and night. You and your husband should get on this program – use Closys , Crest and ACT etc. – see the webiste for details. There is no reason for anyone to have cavities – this is a preventable disease!

Good luck and please be encouraged. I am sorry that xylitol is “news” to you – the rest of the world has known about xylitol for decades – even centuries in parts of the world!

Best wishes,

Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health!
author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye

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  • SA says:

    Dear Dr. Ellie, This is the first time I've used a blog.. please forgive not knowing how to comment correctly. I have a 3 yr old daughter who has not yet been to the dentis. We have an appt. in 10 days. I recently saw that she has a small hole in the back of her right front tooth where it connects to her left front tooth. She also has some white/yellow spots on the 2 front teeth. Can this 'hole' be healed with xylitol/act? She likes the Oceanberry ACt for children, is this ok? I saw that ACT contains sorbitol will that hinder the healing process? I'm afraid the dentist will recommend capping the two teeth which I want to avoid at all costs. I just ordered the xylitol off your website and will start that 5 times a day (how many grams total for a 3-yr old?) as soon as it arrives. She started brushing with the ACT today. Any other suggestions? She does not eat sweets, never drank from a bottle, no juice, but does like to eat fruit. I'm so worried!Thank you, Dr. Ellie.S.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    Hi there and I am sorry that I have taken so long to reply.I had a deadline for my book publisher – and was unable to deal with messages the past couple of weeks. Sorry. I was reading your message and counting days – I think you must have been to your dental appointment already. The amazing thing about xylitol is how effective it is.If you dissolve a teaspoon in water and have your daughter sip this during the morning – and then a little more after lunch and dinner – you will have all she needs. 1-2 teaspoons is plenty for stopping cavities and it is frequency that helps to repair them.If your daughter likes strawberries – they are really good sprinked with xylitol and make an excellent after-meal treat! Ensure your child has sufficient vitamin D – this is a help against the infection. Keep her toothbrush away from others in the family – and clean her brush daily in a little Listerine – rinse out and allow to dry. I recommend that all the family use xylitol – because this will stop any chance that you are infecting her from your own mouths.Cavities are an infectious, transmissible disease – and they can come from other children, parents or other family members. Xylitol is here to help you win the war against these cavity- forming germs.Use it regularly and it will stop the damage. If you are able to brush her teeth with ACT this will help to repair them.Maybe your dentist recommended fluoride varnish – this is very good and would help heal the teeth. The work you do now to get everything under control will pay you back in the long run.Children with oral infection and cavities at age 4 – have more chance of cavities in their adult teeth.Get things under control before age 4 and she will probably enjoy a lifetime of nice teeth! Good luck and please let me know if you have other questions.

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