Dear Dr. Ellie,
H. in Southwest Missouri
Obviously I cannot diagnose from a computer – but I believe that if you are using sufficient xylitol and the mouth rinses I recommend, any dark staining is dead plaque. This would be a good sign and you should notice improvement in the feel and look of your teeth continuously over a period of a couple of years.
The new concept is one of promoting healthy bacteria in the mouth – to “crowd out” bad bacteria.
Just killing all bacteria is outdated – as outdated as the use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
Our next era is the era of probiotics: nurturing healthy bacteria with prebiotics ( as xylitol does) and getting rid of the disease bacteria in the body ( as xylitol does).
I think in the next year we will see more about honey, herbs and spices that promote healthy bacteria in the mouth and in the gut.
I think this is the next era of medicine – and this will be very exciting for everyone.
The greatest thing about teeth is that you can actually feel and see the difference when your oral flora is balanced and sustainable.
In other words your teeth feel great and your mouth just feels healthy!
I am sure you would enjoy my book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, although I am contemplating a new version next year with more about probiotics and the effect of foods and nutrition on oral health.
Best Wishes and thanks for your message,
Ellie Phillips DDS
Solutions for Oral Health!
author, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye