Whitening Teeth

Dear Ellie,

I have now been on the system since July 2010. (exactly as listed)

My teeth are no longer sensitive (except for my one crown) and they feel stronger. Thanks! 🙂

I do have a few additional questions for you.

1. While my teeth are no longer sensitive and feel stronger they are not as white as they used to be.

I have brown stains (from dead plaque I am assuming) around the gum line(top and bottom teeth) and all around the glue of my permanent retainer (back of my lower front teeth) is now horribly brown with stains. (used to be no stains at all for 3.5 years…until the “system”)

Should my hygienist really scrape(clean) these stains off? (gum line & back of lower retainer glue stains)

OR should I go ahead and do one whitening treatment with my custom trays?? I really miss my white teeth! 🙁

(and yes I know that the teeth are really transparent and the dentin has the color. All I can say is that my teeth do not “appear” as white as they used to be. Hopefully it is because of the brown staining/dead plaque)

2. The ingredient SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) is causing me more cold sores than usual. Can you recommend a toothpaste to me that doesn’t contain SLS??

I used to use Biotene tooth paste and SLS free Sensodyne. I do not want to use sensodyne anymore since I no longer need potassium nitrate. So Biotene is my best bet since it caused me no cold sores.

Here are Biotene’s ingredients:

Active Ingredients: Glucose Oxidase (10,000 Units), Lactoferrin (16mg), Lactoperoxidase (15,000 Units), Lysozyme (16mg), Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.14% w/v fluoride ion)

Inactive Ingredients: Sorbitol, Glycerin, Calcium Pyrophosphate, Hydrated Silica, Xylitol, Isoceteth 20, Cellulose Gum, Flavor, Calcium Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, Beta-D-Glucose, Potassium Thiocyanate

Do you see anything objectionable?

I really need to get rid of the SLS, so your help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much DR. Ellie!!! 🙂

Hi CB,

Thanks for your message – and you are obviously very conscious of the elements of this system – for which I commend (and thank) you!

The stains are part of the healing process – and getting rid of the germs that were stuck to your teeth is a blessing for you – in many ways – especially for your general health.

Your hygienist should be able to remove these with an ultrasound cleaner or such – quite easily.

By keeping on the system these stains should not return.

( If they do – then you will need to increase your xylitol and find out who/ or how someone or something is re-infecting you).

I have no problem with a limited amount of whitening providing you realize that the process does damage the healthy protective layer that is now covering your teeth.

This layer is the layer that protects your gums from infection, your teeth from cavities and from being damaged by temperature and acids etc.

The damage from whitening is explained in my book, but I believe FOR AN ADULT it is probably reversible without too many long term consequences.

So my advice: – get the stain removed – stay on the system for about a month after this staining removal before you whiten.

Whiten for one or two days – no more than a week – and then get back to being nice to your teeth!

The SLS in Crest Cavity Protection paste has never been a problem in my years of listening to people – are you certain that you have the correct paste?

No tartar control, no added ingredients – be sure it is not Crest Pro Health. There are so many brand look-alikes, Check carefully against the pictures on my website:


I NEVER recommend Biotene – it is acidic and will really mess up your results.

You would be better to use a drop of ACT on your toothbrush than use this – try this for a start once you are sure that you are using the correct paste.

Thanks again for your feedback – please update me as you complete this process so I can follow your results!

Great job getting to this stage – your general health will thank you!

Best Wishes,


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