Tea Tree Oil

Dr. Ellie,

Thanks for your book.

You say in “Kiss Your Dentist Good-bye” that Xylitol kills decay-causing bacteria (Streptococcus mutans), leaving the “healthy” bacteria alone.

This “heals-the good/kills-the-bad bacteria” claim is also made about Tea Tree Oil (A.k.a. Melaleuca oil.”) related to Streptococcus mutans bacteria.

WIKIPEDIA ENTRY HERE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea_tree_oil

There is a company: “Melaleuca, The Wellness Company” that sells products by catalog that use Melaleuca oil in many of the products, including their toothpaste and mouthwash. I use their products, personally.

–Do you know of any information related to use of Melaleuca Oil as part of an oral hygiene program?
–Do you know of any “interference” between Melaleuca Oil and Xylitol?
–Do you know of any “synergies” between Melaleuca Oil and Xylitol?

Mr. C

Hi Mr. C,

I am aware of Melaleuca and these products – I have tried them.
They may be of some help to some folks – but I do not recommend them in my system.

Some dentist friends of mine have recommended them and sold these products to their patients.
When I asked ” do they work” ( – and to me that means that the products improve and sustain Ultimate Oral Health – teeth and gums) my dentist friends said “no” – and told me that their patients continue to need dental work, cleanings etc.

I feel that these products do not address enough of the factors responsible for cavities and gum disease.
I know that my system works – so I recommend it. I love to help people turn their oral health around and keep it that way – year after year – even if it does not bring me product sales.

Believe me – I WISH I could endorse a system that would provide me a “lucrative career” !!!
I know my system works – and that it can be easily purchased in a local Walgreens. If I could make it more mysterious – I could probably make a fortune – but it isn’t really mysterious. It is common sense if you understand teeth and mouth chemistry!

Thanks so much for your question, I am not able to be specific about the interactions of melaleuca oil – but I assume there is no harm from using these products.

Best Wishes,


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