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

Wishing for a healthier mouth in 2017? Want to put an end to gum disease, cavities, and other oral health issues? Take control of your own oral health. You can achieve Ultimate Oral Health this year by understanding these 5 Oral Wellness Points.   https://youtu.be/5fcWQWOfAUQ   5 Oral Wellness Points Bacteria Transfer Eating Causes Acidity Saliva is …read more

Have Healthier Teeth & Gums by Following These 5 Wellness Points!

Xylitol isn’t just for young people! Many seniors accept dental problems, thinking they simply happen as teeth age. Xylitol helps to keep teeth young and ageless – by preventing damage caused by plaque, mouth acidity or dry mouth. Xylitol can help protect the oral health of denture wearers– by protecting the mouth and lips from …read more

Xylitol for Seniors: Keeping Teeth Young and Ageless

Learn why I wrote my book “Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye” and why this book can help you achieve ultimate oral health! …….. Read reviews from people who have already read my book!

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Why I Wrote My Book

Your mouth is full of bacteria — both good, protective, beneficial bacteria and harmful, disease-promoting bacteria. Just like with the bacteria in your gut, the goal for a healthy mouth is to promote the good, protective bacteria and keep the bad bacteria at bay. And guess what…xylitol does just that! Check out this cool video …read more

Meet Your Dental Plaque

Looking for a healthy sugar alternative for sweetening your beverages or for baking? Granular xylitol is the perfect solution! Granular xylitol has a low-glycemic index (7.0) and has 40% less calories and 75% fewer carbohydrates than sugar. Granular xylitol is also a simple and easy way to care for teeth, especially for those who can’t use …read more

Granular Xylitol – the Perfect Sugar Alternative

We all know we need to brush our teeth to maintain our healthy pearly whites. But are you brushing properly for optimum gum health? In this quick 1-minute video, I explain how to maximize your daily brushing for ultimate gum health!

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Tooth Brushing Tip

My book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, was written when Dr. Richard Carmona was Surgeon General of the United States. Dr. Carmona was concerned about the state of oral health in America and he graciously gave my book a glowing testimonial and his personal support. In chapter eight I explain why “community” water fluoridation (adding fluoride …read more

Are Cavities About Zip Code?

In the 1950s people believed the world was about to change. World War II had concluded, antibiotics and other pharmacological wonders had arrived, and improvements in communication were about to bring a life of better health, world harmony and improved prosperity for everyone. Today, a generation later, we look at our senior population – our …read more

Happy New Year!

You may have been told you need a tooth extracted and your dentist can quickly fix the problem with an “implant”. Before you sign on to this kind of treatment, realize that an extraction, crown, and ongoing maintenance will ultimately cost you thousands of dollars. For this reason be sure to ask your dentist, “how …read more

How Long Do Implants Last?

The number of adults wearing braces is growing, and Orthodontists say nearly half of all newly installed braces are for adults – not kids! Often adults want to improve their smile and the makers of braces – knowing this – are ramping up serious marketing to adults. Braces can definitely improve the look of a smile, …read more

Adult Braces – A Threat to Gum Health

It’s frightening to be told you have a disease in your mouth. Even those who brush their teeth and visit the dentist can end up with dental problems. Despite the fact that dentistry is Evidence Based, more specialized, and more available to the public than ever before, dental diseases continues to destroy teeth of children …read more

Prepare to Repair!

The First Annual Oral Health Challenge was held at a recent meeting of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH). The competition was a test of mouth health for dentists, hygienists, physicians and other health professionals at the meeting. The “challenge” measured periodontal pathogens and looked for signs of plaque in arteries and inflammation …read more

The AAOSH Challenge