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!

 Whitening & sensitivity toothpastes are top profit-generators for the oral-care industry.Artificial whitening pulls minerals from tooth enamel. Whitening products cause sensitivity & although sensitivity pastes might seem like a solution, they only mask the symptoms. These pastes do not address the cause of the ongoing problem – they just cover it up.Regular use of xylitol …read more

Whitening, Sensitivity and The Easy Solutions!

Every year in the United States 52 MILLION school hours are lost because children have cavities.     TWO out of THREE adults have dental disease and we know many of these oral health problems impact systemic body health by exacerbating chronic inflammatory health conditions that may lead to heart attacks, stroke, dementia and arthritis. …read more

Time to take a new approach to oral health care

In this first episode of the Oral Health Matters Podcast, Dr. Ellie explores what it means to have a healthy mouth and why oral health is important. You’ll learn: What habits are making your mouth unhealthy? How to be empowered when you go to the dentist. What the mouth “ecosystem” is and how to nurture …read more

Why Oral Health Is Important

I originally did this interview with Howard Farran back in early January 2017. Reposting for those who may have missed it!

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Interview with Howard Farran: The Benefits of Xylitol

Recently I spoke with Patrick Timpone on his One Radio Network radio show about everything oral health. I was originally scheduled for a 1-hour interview, but that turned into a 2+ hour interview and then another 2-hour follow-up interview! I really enjoyed speaking with Patrick! We covered so much and I believe followers of my …read more

On The Air with Patrick Timpone

Our oral health is at risk every time we travel. In this short video, I offer strategies that can help you to protect your teeth and gums while you travel.

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Your Teeth and Travel