Some bacteria make us sick, but there are many friendly bacteria that are a vital to our health. These bacteria help give our bodies the nutrition it needs to maintain, repair and regenerate itself. Some bacteria break food into components we can digest while others are involved in aiding the absorption of nutrients. As a baby is born, he or she starts developing a specific selection of bacteria, and no two individuals have the same mix of microbes – not even identical twins. This bacterial composition determines many things about us, and it is the critical balance between good and bad that allows us to avoid disease and enjoy total health.

Wiping baby teeth with a solution of granular xylitol in water helps develop a healthy garden, or bacterial ecosystem, in a baby’s mouth. Xylitol does this by making unhealthy bacteria slippery and unable to grow on teeth, while nurturing healthy ones. Children who are exposed to xylitol have 80-90 percent less chance of cavities in their teeth. Adults with plaque can benefit from using xylitol especially when combined with the rinses of the Zellies Complete Mouth Care Program.

It’s a fascinating fact that microbes out number body cells 10 to 1 and that this complex network of microorganisms can even exert control over our bodies. 600 kinds of bacteria exist in the mouth, and their numbers total at least 10 billion. Surprisingly only two kinds of bacteria are known to infect dental plaque and form cavities.  If you have gum disease your dentist will be concerned about 11 kinds of bacteria that are known to create problems in gum and Periodontal Pocketing. Remember that cleanings do not remove all bacteria and often cleanings can multiply them – so start using the Zellies Complete Mouth Care System today and enjoy improved oral health. It may be interesting to know “what’s in your mouth” and some cool salivary tests can give you this reading. Check out for more information on this interesting (and helpful!) salivary test.


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Ask Dr. Ellie: Granular Xylitol

Ask Dr. Ellie: Granular Xylitol
  • What purpose is it to find out what type of bacteria is in your mouth with an oral dna test? Do you recommend anything different than your regular system depending on the bacteria found?

    We have little dogs that love to give kisses. Do dogs transfer harmful bacteria to humans?

    • The purpose of an oral DNA test is to detect harmful mouth bacteria. I agree that we know from previous tests (if you follow the system correctly) that harmful bacteria will be reduced in 8-10 weeks.

      Only one time did we find a problem at re-testing and it appears this was transfer of harmful germs from the patient’s toothbrush (which was not being cleaned).
      Good diet, supplements and probiotics should always be considered to ensure success. I guess you could use the test to ensure you have achieved success.

      This test is a good if you need a motivator!
      Once you see the results and check pictures of the bacteria on wikkipedia – this can be a great motivator to start rinsing!
      These critters are transmissible between family members – so be careful whom you kiss!

      On the subject of kissing. Dogs do have bacteria that may be important in periodontal disease.
      They may contribute to the “perfect storm” because combinations of bacteria can work together and cause problems that individually they do not cause.

      Recent studies indicate that E.Coli bacteria can be a “transporter” bacteria if they are part of the community.
      This means that E.Coli can ferry other kinds of bacteria into and through the body.
      E coli itself is not labeled as a gum disease “problem” but it may enable another kind of bacteria to become a problem.

      If you keep your own mouth clean and eliminate periodontal problems, this becomes a mute point.
      I would be concerned if you have periodontal disease and a dog with whom you interact closely.

      Thanks for a great question.

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