That’s Not What my Hygienist Says

Dear Dr. Ellie:

I’m so confused. I’ve been using your system since June 2011. Shortly after beginning your system, my teeth felt slippery which is supposed to be a good thing. Then I noticed staining on my teeth which is supposed to be dead plaque. I went to my new holistic dentist today for a cleaning. The hygienist did not think I needed to be using all the rinses you recommend. She thought the ACT mouthwash was responsible for staining. I had also stopped flossing while on your system, unless there was something stuck in my teeth. The hygienist wants me to floss, brush with a regular toothbrush, then brush with a gum brush, then rinse with Closys. The hygienist is a young woman in her 20s. She said I didn’t need to be using all those rinses, just the Closys. She thinks the Listerine is too harsh and that Closys kills germs sufficiently. So now I don’t know what to do. Thank you.

Hi L,

Here is a quick story:

Several years ago I was a 6 hour keynote speaker for a dental hygiene school graduation day. The school was celebrating 50 years of teaching hygiene.

At the end of the day ( I took the entire day to explain the biochemistry of my system of care) the DEAN of the school ( a hygienist in her late 50s) came up to me and said “Ellie, I am so glad you came to speak with us today – my teeth are falling apart!”

Why does the dental profession continue to promote protocols that don’t work? Because nobody is paying attention to outcomes. 90% of US adults have dental problems – and that includes hygienists and dentists (who should be a shining example of what to do!!!)

You cannot judge outcomes at age 20 – but a hygienist in her 30s, 40s or older should know how to enjoy ultimate oral health – otherwise be careful!

Do you take hair care advice from a stylist with bad hair?

Best wishes,

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