Most readers know the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System employs 3 mouth rinses and specific toothpaste. The process is used morning and night, with small amounts of xylitol during the day, to make plaque slippery and help balance mouth health.
Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye explains how the system was developed and describes many success stories. There are additional testimonials and real-life experiences posted on our website and our facebook page, yet you may still be hesitant about some of the suggested products. Most dentists are familiar with the gentle benefits of Closys, and Grandma likely told you that Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste was the best! The products I defend most often are Listerine and ACT. In this month’s guide I will explain the reasons I endorse Listerine, and in the August guide I will explain why I endorse ACT in this system of care.
Why I recommend Listerine
Listerine has been by far the most widely used mouth rinse in history, but for at least 10 years US, English and Australian scientific associations have argued about the safety of Listerine. Listerine had a rough ride in 2004 when it launched an advertising claim (backed by good studies) that twice a day rinsing was as effective as flossing. A lawsuit ensued and a New York judge ordered stickers be placed to block out the claim on Listerine bottles. The ADA was flustered by the event and the notorious flossing lobby was obviously following close behind the scenes.
In a recent Australia study, mouth cells were tested in a laboratory and the results ignited new negative buzz about Listerine. Researchers know that cells tested in a lab dish behave very differently from cells in the body and also that at least 10 epidemiological studies over the past 30 years have proven the opposite is true. An important caveat is that an Australia company has developed a rinse comparable to Listerine and in direct competition for their market share!
I qualify my personal testimonial for Listerine by saying that I only recommend the Original or Cool Mint Listerine. I do NOT recommend newer formulations, especially the whitening, Zero, or plaque control Listerine, which have very different chemical composition and are not well tested. I only recommend Listerine as part of the Complete Mouth Care System, so teeth are protected from the acidity of Listerine by the toothpaste, and any alcohol is immediately washed away by ACT anticavity rinse.
The active ingredients in Listerine are essential oils – eucalyptus, menthol and thymol. They work to eliminate young plaque bacteria and studies show consistently that Listerine penetrates infected plaque better than any other rinse and achieves plaque control in 60 seconds (a fifth of the time needed for most other rinses). More importantly, bacteria do not develop resistance to essential oils. My only concern is the acidity of Listerine (pH 4.2), which is why it is important to use Listerine as part of the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System, not on it’s own.
Learn more about the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System by following these links:
- The Zellies Complete Mouth Care System: Success is in the details
- The Zellies Complete Mouth Care System: A DIY Method for Healthy, Clean Gums and Teeth
Visit Zellies.com to order your Zellies Complete Mouth Care System today!
For more information, please visit all of Dr. Ellie’s web-sites:
Dr. E Oral Health Coaching – articles, resources and videos to help you learn more
Zellies.com – learn more & order your Zellies Xylitol & the Complete Mouth Care System
Dr. Ellie.com – a great resource for learning more about oral health & Dr. Ellie
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