Do you need a new dentist? Do you want one who believes in xylitol and is happier to prevent cavities than fill teeth? In some countries dentists get paid to prevent cavities, but in the US most insurance companies reimburse dentists for fixing (not preventing) dental problems. Of course there are plenty of dentists who give excellent help – but how do you find them? How do you find a dentist who is excited to hear that you want a way to enjoy oral health and not “what the insurance pays for”. How do we get you into his or her office?
First, create a list of offices in your area, asking for recommendations from friends, people that you think have healthy teeth, or get names from the 3 websites I list below. Call a few of these offices and ask if you can have a consultation to talk with the dentist about your teeth. Ask how much this will cost. Write down the reply and also your impression of the call and if the receptionist was friendly and welcoming. Next ask, “is your practice familiar with xylitol?”
A positive answer will be an enthusiastic endorsement of xylitol. This lets you know that this office talks about prevention and everyone is familiar with the benefits of xylitol. This should give you confidence that the dentists in the office share their preventive messages with energy and passion. If the receptionist has never heard of xylitol, or does not know what it does, this should be a warning. We’d love to hear about your experiences. Please post on our Facebook page HERE.
Making your list of dentists: Here are three websites that may give you some names to help you make a list of possible dentists in your area.
- www.WCMIDentistry.com This is the website for the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry. Membership is not a guarantee that dentists are up to date with prevention.
- www.AAOSH.org This is the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and members are interested in the connection between mouth and body health. Dentists don’t make money belonging to this organization, so most are genuinely interested in new ideas and the concept of total body health.
- www.OralDNA.com Dentists listed on this site are using new salivary testing. These dentists understand the importance of bacteria and although this does not guarantee they will be understand xylitol, it tells you that they are in touch with new ideas and may be willing to listen to your concerns.
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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