Today the Wall Street Journal published Halloween dental advice about preventing cavities. Dr. Ruchi Sahota, the spokeswoman for the American Dental Association, agreed “sugar-free chewing gum” combats harmful bacteria in the mouth and certain studies show xylitol adds minerals to tooth enamel. Then came the “but” ….as Dr. Sahota explains the evidence is not conclusive …read more

Halloween Advice – With a Grain of Xylitol

As we think about outfits for Halloween, I’d like to suggest xylitol is the “Cinderella” of dentistry. The beauty of xylitol has been diminished and reviled for decades by her competitors, people and organizations who are fearful you will fall in love at first taste! Xylitol has been giving her gentle support to diabetics for over …read more

Xylitol and the Ugly Sisters

We agree about the need to prevent cavities, but how much more important is it to prevent cavities in children? Perhaps one of the most important groups to target with prevention are children with disabilities – those with compromised health or physical disabilities. Included in this group should be kids who are adopted and or …read more

Our Priorities in Preventing Cavities

Given that September is “Dental Infection Control Month”, I’d like to comment on a study that determined eye wear and masks are ineffective for protecting dentists from infection during treatment. Red dye showed how splatter travels from a patient’s mouth to a simulated face, positioned where a dentist or hygienist would sit in the dental office. …read more

Infection in the Dental Office

This screen shot and title is from an early morning email that I opened today. It’s emails like this that make me sick to my stomach. Any patient would be disgusted to imagine such a thought could enter the mind of a health professional. Could teeth possibly be viewed as a source of revenue? Of …read more

Fill the Chair – Fill your Wallet

Life is stressful – and stress can cause symptoms like migraines, digestive issues, and many kinds of aches and pains. Stress can also cause teeth and gums to experience symptoms that include: Enamel loss (erosion) Tooth wear (abrasion) Bite problems with sensitivity at the gum line (abfraction) Sensitivity Darkening tooth color Cavities Fight or Flight …read more

Stress and Teeth

Recent studies suggest an ounce of milled flaxseed in our daily diet for six months can be beneficial to health. Flaxseed has high levels of Omega-3s and studies show it reduces blood pressure, especially for patients with hypertension. It also appears flax seed can neutralize age-associated inflammation in the body. Hard to believe, but maybe …read more

An Ounce of Prevention!

Most dentists belong to the American Dental Association (ADA), an organization that co-ordinates and advertises dentistry. The ADA works with insurance companies to get as many men, women and children as possible to visit dental offices regularly. The ADA promotes the idea that we must brush, floss and visit the dentist every 6 months. This …read more

The ADA’s Message vs. Xylitol

I’ve been wanting to make educational videos for a long time, but for various reasons it has been a difficult task. However, I think I’ve finally conquered the hurdles and I hope to share with you a series of videos to go along with my blog posts. The topics will be varied, and I’d love …read more

When to Use Xylitol

Fun to read Alice Bradley’s blog post “HELP FOR THE HOPELESS (MOUTH)” about her experience with my Complete Mouth Care System. Yes – it IS possible to enjoy dental visits! Read Alice’s fun post here: http://finslippy.squarespace.com/blog/help-for-the-hopeless-mouth.html

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Success Story: User Review of the Complete Mouth Care System

Are Cranberry Juice and Green Tea good for Teeth? At the end of this post you will find some research and a list of benefits attributed to cranberry juice and green tea. It’s easy to imagine drinking cranberry juice or green tea will be good for oral health, but before you begin, consider the effect …read more

Tooth Truth about Cranberry Juice and Green Tea

Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) is a handy cleaning product that is mildly abrasive in solution and is excellent for dissolving grease and molds. It can also be used as a powder to absorb musty odors. For these reasons, baking soda is great in the laundry or for cleaning the refrigerator and the powder can …read more

Baking Soda – The Craze

Statistics show that adults in the United States have more periodontal disease than was previously thought. About 50% of young adults 30 years old have some level of gum disease and are unaware of it, mainly because the condition is painless and usually does not cause bleeding or swelling. Ask Your Dentist Periodontal disease is …read more

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

We just received this photo from a follower of Dr. Ellie’s Complete Mouth Care System. Look how great these containers work for the rinses! Makes it easy for the whole family to use.

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What a Neat System!

A number of my friends are dental missionaries and visit countries where problems from dental disease are intense. They see adults with many lost teeth and visible tooth damage that can be overwhelming. These dentists provide emergency extractions and care, but wish they could offer long-term help. Some take toothbrushes while others teach nurses to …read more

Global Dental Health

When I was a child there were X-ray machines in shoe stores. As we were fitted for a pair of shoes it was customary to stand in a machine so the store clerk could take an X ray and check your toes had adequate room to grow. There was no protection from the X rays …read more

Changing Viewpoints

Oil Pulling is sometimes called oil gargling and it is an old Ayurvedic method of cleaning the mouth that is said to have originated in India some 2,000 years ago. Currently there is excitement about oil pulling in online articles and blogs, and if you have bad breath or gum disease, oil pulling may be …read more

Oil Pulling – What the Science Says

Natural Solutions for Healing and Preventing Gum Disease and Cavities Join us for upcoming presentations that will empower you to take control of your oral health Dr. Ellie wil describe proven ways to stop, prevent, and reverse cavities and gum disease Topics will include: Cavities and Dental Disease: Why they occur and how to stop them. …read more

Dr. Ellie’s Upcoming Seminars – in TX and CA

Everyone wants a shining, white smile, so it’s disheartening if baby or adult teeth are discolored or have marks on them. Stains can be all shapes and sizes: spots, patches, a line that crosses the tooth, or a dark ring that circles between teeth. Some stains are small but others affect large areas, several teeth, or …read more

Stained Teeth – a Brighter Future!

Have you read Dr. Ellie’s book “Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye” yet? In “Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye“, Dr. Ellie Phillips teaches how anyone can achieve and maintain a truly healthy mouth. Empower yourself as you improve the look and feel of your teeth between dental visits. Your dentist will be amazed at the changes they see, …read more

Want a Whole New Mouth?

Decay never targets one tooth. Cavity-forming germs live all over the mouth and even in saliva. If you have recently had a cavity, or been told you have one, it means cavity-forming germs are attacking every surface of every tooth, all day, every day (and particularly at night). These germs do not go away by …read more

Ugh! Your Dentist Says You Have a New Cavity!

The letter below was submitted on July 19, 2013 as a comment to one of our posts. It is a wonderful story of success and we thought it would be good to share as its own post! We are thrilled to hear that Angela was able to stop the caries disease in her youngest son …read more

Success Stories: Stoping early childhood caries in 2 year old

It is staggering how many root canals are performed in US dental offices – apparently close to 60 million per year! There is a renewed interest in what exactly this treatment is, and whether it’s a good option, or perhaps has the potential to negatively impact health. Although it may be hard to imagine that …read more

Root Canals

Every month Dr. Ellie Phillips will answer your oral health questions as part of the Ultimate Oral Health Guide. ———– Q: Hello Dr. Phillips, I’ve purchased the parts to your Complete Mouth Care System and have presented the program to my husband.  He is interested in what type of data you have assembled to support the use of your …read more

Q&A with Dr. Ellie: Looking for Data