Never Had a Cavity

Dr. Ellie,

I have never had a cavity and have healthy teeth. My current system only involves brushing and flossing. I want a mouthwash, but I do not have the money to buy the products for your whole system (Listerine + ACT). If I am only going to use ONE mouthwash after brushing and flossing, which do you recommend, especially for a person like me who has never had a cavity at age 24?


Hi AJ,

What a GREAT question!!!

My mission is not to get the world on MY program but to offer it a simple program to help improve the situation of those who have problems, so they can better enjoy oral health. Oral health impacts general body health – and this two way situation is so important it must be taken seriously.

Soon there will be more information available about tests that tell if you have ‘healthy teeth”

Do you truly have healthy gums and teeth? Sure?

If all is good – I would not change much about what you are doing – ?? rinse with water!

If you need some extra help for gums – Pre-rinse with Closys would be my suggestion.

If you want to “whiten” or strengthen your teeth – consider ACT rinse.

In all situations – you may want to add xylitol to your regimen – to reduce the chance of plaque.

The least expensive way to do this would be to purchase granular xylitol and each day add a teaspoon to a bottle of water.

If you do this once or twice a day – and sip on it – this will help prevent and protect your oral health.

I encourage you to keep a close eye on the developments of a new organization – the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health ( of which I am a part.

This organization’s mission is to educate the public about ways to discover the status of your oral health.


AAOSH will soon be providing the latest information about nutrition and systems like mine that improve oral health.

This group of health professionals may offer many more alternatives to consider.

This will be a resource to learn the latest and best ways to keep yourself in ultimate oral health.

Thanks again for a fantastic question – Short answer : 
Ensure that your assessment of your mouth health is correct. Add some xylitol and think about xylitol/water rinsing. Think about nutrition (vitamins and minerals in your diet). Keep an eye on http://www.AAOSH.COM (soon there will be videos, downloadable information etc.)

Best Wishes,

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

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