Many of life’s situations influence our mouth’s biochemistry and can cause it to deteriorate. The months of pregnancy and those following a baby’s birth can be particularly challenging times for a mother’s oral health. Moms who previously enjoyed perfect teeth are often shocked to develop multiple cavities, or experience loose fillings, fractured or sensitive teeth, …read more

Moms Oral Health Matters

QUESTION: If I add granular xylitol to my beverages, will I get the same benefits as from Zellie’s mints?ANSWER:When you add xylitol crystals to beverages, you miss out on many of the oral health benefits. While you can certainly use granular xylitol in many ways to benefit oral health, it must be done properly. At the …read more

Ask Dr. Ellie: Granular Xylitol

Mouth health affects whole body health and poor general health is reflected in the mouth. For centuries, many cultures have assessed health by the condition of a patient’s tongue. People with healthy mouths and healthy digestive health have tongues with no coating and which are a pink color – even first thing in the morning! …read more

Tongue Scraping

Dental health across the globe is an enormous problem. Despite the tireless work of dental professionals, almost every population in the world has overwhelming oral health concerns. Dentists help patients by extracting teeth and providing restorative care, but our current approach to prevention needs to be updated and become more effective. We have new knowledge …read more

World Oral Health

QUESTION: I’m 40 and considering Invisalign braces. 15 months on all day. Then a lifetime of nighttime. Is this manageable, or will they block saliva’s access to the teeth? ANSWER: Invisalign, like braces, are appliances to move teeth, usually to improve a smile or straighten crooked teeth. Teeth are pushed into position by light forces, which cause …read more

Ask Dr. Ellie: Will Invisalign Damage My Oral Health?

Question:  Is oil pulling safe?Answer: Oil Pulling is an Ayurvedic method for cleaning the mouth that is said to have originated in India over 2,000 years ago. A mouthful of oil, usually sesame or coconut oil, is swished for 15-20 minutes before spitting out. In 2008 a Naturopathic doctor, and the President of the Coconut Research Center, …read more

Is Oil Pulling Safe?

Question: Is it safe to use a water flosser? -JoAnn Hi JoAnn – Thank you so much for asking such a good question. First of all, I’d like to explain that I have never suggested anyone should floss or use a water-flossing device to improve their mouth health. Dentistry has promoted flossing in the US …read more

Q&A with Dr. Ellie: Water Flossing

In the United States, 40% of adults between ages 20 and 50 report sensitive teeth. If you Google “tooth sensitivity” you will find a laundry list of top selling toothpastes to cover up your pain, but they won’t solve the underlying problem. In fact, Glaxo Smith Klein (GSK), the makers of Sensodyne toothpaste, state on …read more

Tooth Sensitivity CAN Reverse and Disappear

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children as they dress up in costume and run from house to house. But responsible parents are often concerned about this candy-centered event, seeing it as an open invitation for cavities and toothache. Over my career I’ve witnessed dental professionals wagging witch-like fingers at kids who admit to …read more

What Happens To Your Teeth When You Eat Candy?

 This is the question that all conscientious, science-based dental patients should be asking. The problem is many people feel guilt about missing a scheduled visit or fear something bad will happen – just because they don’t show up! Let’s get past irrational emotions and if necessary blame Claude C. Hopkins (an advertising genius) who in the …read more

To Go or Not To Go: Do you return for your routine 6-month dental appointment or not?

 Are you feeling comfortable going back to your dentist? COVID-19 advice suggests masks limit the spread of droplet infection as we talk, sing or cough. In dental offices, droplets splatter in the air as teeth are drilled or cleaned with ultra sonic sprays. Bacteria and debris travel at speeds up to 50 mph from a patient’s …read more

Splatter Matters: Going to the Dentist During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s easy to think teeth are a row of pebbles stuck in our jawbone – but this is far from the truth! Teeth have a blood and lymph supply connected to our body’s main circulation. Liquids and cells travel through channels inside the tooth, keeping it hydrated and supplying minerals to repair dentin and defend teeth …read more

Your Teeth Are Alive!