Finding Recommended Products Outside of the US

The creation, or better described “discovery,” of the Complete Mouth Care System – a method of oral care that has the power to control cavities and gum disease took years to uncover. At first my search felt like working on a giant dental puzzle with too many missing pieces. But slowly these pieces began to surface while I was working in dentistry in different countries, noticing how the oral health of patients appeared to be influenced by their cultural habits.  

During the first twenty years of my career, I was fortunate to work as a dentist in three different countries: England, Switzerland, and the United States, often alongside scholars who were involved in xylitol studies in Finland, South America, Estonia and more recently in Malawi. Populations in Korea, Japan, Scandinavia, and China have been familiar with xylitol for decades but thanks to social media, suddenly there is an interest across the globe from individuals who want to access necessary products and use this method of care for themselves.



Pre-Rinse with CloSYS


Brushing: Toothpaste and Toothbrushes


Listerine Rinse


ACT Fluoride Rinse

The challenge is that liquids are difficult to ship Internationally and the brands I have recommended for 40 years are often not available outside the United States. We may be able to locate similar-looking products, but without the confidence of a 40-year trial and success history, we can only guess if they will be suitable replacements and perform with equal effectiveness. I believe we can shorten our hunt for products by understanding the effects we are searching for and sharing our findings with others.

The Complete Mouth Care System works by supporting healing systems that our body naturally provides to our mouth, teeth, and gums to keep them healthy. When you use the Complete Mouth Care System the outcome is achieved by the specific products working in synergy to amplify the benefits of the natural mouth-healing processes. Even without the specifically recommended oral care products, there are ways to improve the health of the mouth by supporting these natural tooth- and gum-healing processes through diet and beneficial daily habits. How these natural systems heal our teeth and gums has been described in Part 1 of this book, and include:

  1. Healing Saliva
  2. A Balanced Oral Microbiome
  3. Angiogenesis and Wound Healing for Gums
  4. Mouth and Nasal Breathing – their impact
  5. Nitric oxide for Oral and Systemic Health
  6. Daily Habits 
  7. Diet Nutrition


STEP 1: Pre-Rinse

The use of a stabilized chlorine dioxide mouth wash as a pre-rinse before brushing achieves two important things. It washes away any mouth acidity that could create a dangerous acidic tooth-brushing environment. Chlorine dioxide does this by interacting with saliva to form oxygen. The more acidic your saliva, the more this reaction will occur. This provides extra oxygen benefit to those who have more acidic and dentally challenging saliva. 

The interaction of the CloSYS rinse with saliva allows the effect to be experienced everywhere and, in every location, that is coated in saliva– including the inside of gum pockets and behind and around wisdom teeth, for example. 

Oxygen can change the low-oxygen environment which disrupts the anaerobic periodontal pathogens in the pockets. Over a period of 12-14 weeks, with consistent x2 daily use, it appears CloSYS mouth wash will help eliminate the periodontal bacteria that prevent periodontal pockets from healing. 

OPTIONS: The use of an oxygenated oil to rub over the gums could provide oxygen to the pockets if used prior to brushing. Most oxygenated oils taste foul and are expensive and unproven. 

You could use a xylitol or table salt rinse as an alternative pre-brushing option to deal with the problem of brushing in an acidic mouth. Either of these rinse choices would be safe, but they may (or may not) give you the same beneficial effects of limiting periodontal pathogens at an expected rate. 

MY RECOMMENDATION: When CloSYS or a stabilized chlorine dioxide rinse is unavailable: Make your own pre-rinse with 1 teaspoon granular xylitol dissolved in 4 ounces warm water and use this as a pre-rinse for one minute before brushing.

STEP 2: Brushing: Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

The use of dilute sodium fluoride products (toothpaste and 0.05% sodium fluoride final rinse with ideally no alcohol and no glycerin). Very small amounts of sodium fluoride applied topically to teeth create a catalyst-type of effect on the surface of enamel that encourages minerals from healthy saliva to enter the tooth surface at an increased rate (especially in a mouth with a pH of 7.4 and with saliva that is highly mineralized). This promotes enamel healing.

Note: The use of nanohydroxyapatite (NHA) does not have this effect since minerals from NHA appear to coat the tooth surface and do not enter it to heal or build the internal enamel structure in a normal way. Instead, NHA creates a coating on the surface.

STEP 3: Listerine

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STEP 4: ACT Fluoride

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The Goal of The Complete Mouth Care System

  • More highly mineralized and smoother enamel.
  • More resilient teeth that resist damage.
  • An increased ability to grow enamel crystals and heal areas of surface damage or de-mineralization.
  • Less surface roughness so less chance of plaque and food sticking to teeth.
  • Improved reflection and refraction of light – giving whiter, brighter, shinier-looking teeth.

  • Eat and drink at meals to avoid dilution of saliva by sipping or snacking between meals
  • Avoid stress – which can make saliva more acidic and drier
  • Enjoy adequate sleep and exercise to support the salivary pH circadian rhythm.
  • Good digestive health allows more minerals to be absorbed from food.
  • Foods rich in probiotics (fermented foods) may help improve digestive health.
  • A diet rich in green vegetables and salads provides minerals to saliva 
  • Fast between meals – (to allow time for saliva to interact with teeth and gums) 

How To Promote A Healthy Mouth Ecology

  • End meals with a tooth protective food (see list)
  • Fast for at least an hour after meals to allow the mouth to stabilize and heal
  • Always – without fail- clean your teeth as well as possible at the end the day, before sleeping.
  • Clean your teeth a second time – about 12 hours from the night cleaning. 
  • Do not eat or drink again after cleaning your teeth.

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