Your Biggest Oral Health Enemy: Acidity

For generations people have believed that sugar is the enemy of teeth and that flossing is the answer! Facts prove this is NOT true. Unfortunately, you can brush, floss, and avoid all candy, yet end up with cavities, erosion, gum recession and periodontal pockets that can loosen your teeth ‘till they fall out!

The biggest enemy of oral health is acidity in your mouth. Liquids wash over your teeth as you drink and swallow them. Even the liquid that moistens your mouth naturally – your saliva – can be either acidic or alkaline.

The Problem ~ (Acid)  vs. (Alkaline)

Alkaline liquids provide minerals and healing for teeth, but acidic liquids damage and corrode them. At the end of every day, teeth will be damaged or repaired depending on a simple equation: (the length of time your teeth have been damaged by acidity) vs. (the length of time they have been repaired by the alkaline liquids in your mouth).

People who sip acidic drinks will often have great damage – progressive and cumulative – day after day, month by month, year after year. Finally there comes a time when the tooth breaks and becomes infected (this is a cavity).


To avoid such problems, drink acidic liquids at meal times, and complete every meal with an alkaline food (cheese or salty nuts). Xylitol can be used anytime to take away mouth acidity and help teeth repair and remineralize. Zellies Mints are delicious and particularly good for this!

Also, the rinse routine in my Complete Mouth Care System also adds a special factor that helps to limit acidic tooth damage. When used correctly, this system will gradually build tooth enamel that is more resistant to acidity – offering teeth some extra protection as they encounter any mouth acidity!


For more information, please visit all of Dr. Ellie’s web-sites:

Dr. E Oral Health Coaching – a number of articles, resources and videos to help you learn more – learn more  and order your Zellies Xylitol & the Complete Mouth Care System
Dr. – a great resource for learning more about oral health and Dr. Ellie

And join the conversation online on the Zellies Facebook page!

Categories: Acidity, Cavities, Remineralization, Xylitol

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  • Aldi says:

    Can your “Complete Mouth Care System” repair erosion as well as their appearance?

    • The name “erosion” describes an area of a tooth that has lost minerals, and often this area gets worn away and looks dark or disfigured.
      Acids literally pull the protective minerals out of teeth – leaving a darker, collagen-like structure that is easily damaged.

      If minerals are replaced before the collagen part has been damaged, it is usually possible to reverse the situation and lighten the tooth color again. (Some erosion happens every time we eat or drink – as minerals get dissolved out of teeth. A Zellie mint stimulates re-mineralization to immediately replace these lost minerals).
      Once the collagen structure has been damaged or worn-away there is no known way to re-grow this part of a tooth. I’d need to know more to guess your chances of repair. In all cases I believe my system of care is important to stop future erosion.

      Remember to identify the cause of your erosion – and use Zellies as protection! Acidity can come from your own mouth saliva being acidic, acid-reflux, juice drinks – especially citrus, smoothies, raw vegetables ( oxalic acid in tomatoes and many leafy vegetables), etc. etc. Limit acidity to mealtimes and use Zellies as protection for teeth. I hope this is helpful for you!

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