About me Ellie Phillips, DDS
 
Ellie Phillips DDS

 
 
A little bit about me
Ellie Phillips, DDS, has 35 years of dental experience, with a special interest in caring for geriatric patients and special needs children and adults. She particularly enjoys working with the phobic to overcome their fears of dentistry.

Ellie is a member of the American Dental Association, the New York State Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. A graduate of Eastman Dental Center, Rochester, NY, with qualifications in pediatric and general dentistry, and an honorary member of the Eastman Academy, University of London, England. She was recently the pediatric outpatient clinic director at the Eastman Dental Center and a faculty member at the University of Rochester. She is also the author of Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye.

For 35 years Ellie has been teaching that tooth decay and gum infections are preventable diseases. Today she offers personalized and corporate coaching to help clients achieve ultimate oral health.

My Personal Mission Statement - To improve people's oral health through expert advice, personal empowerment, preventative dentistry, and educating them about the many benefits of xylitol. - Dr. Ellie Phillips, DDS

My Passion & My Mission

What horror happened at a children’s clinic in England that forever changed my life?

...and these problems still exist for kids in the United States (video)

For millions of people, going to the dentist is a major source of stress and anxiety. Given the history of dentistry, and the fact that most people feel they have no control over dental problems, their fears are hardly a surprise. When I was growing up in England, it was not unusual to hear parents threaten to take a misbehaving child to the dentist as punishment. Those who have had negative dental experiences as children are often patients who experience the worst anxiety as adults. Ironically, in my case, the name of our school dentist was Dr. Dagger!

Dental health for children was never a priority in England when I was growing up, and tooth extraction was considered a quick and easy solution for most dental problems. Things were actually so bad that dentures were given to some young people as wedding gifts, the idea being that extractions at an early age could ward off a lifetime of pain, problems, and expense.

My first job in England was as a community dentist in a school clinic in the early 1970s. The clinic was a large room with one dental chair in the center. After greeting the office staff on my first day, I opened the door to welcome my first patient. A thirty-foot bench extended from the doorway to the end of the hall, and it was filled with at least twenty small children waiting to have their teeth extracted. Strained little faces looked at me with round, moist eyes. Mothers resigned to the inevitable sat beside their children with an air of compassionate authority.

That was the era when adults believed that children should be seen and not heard. Children were expected to sit quietly and handle whatever came their way. They were expected to undergo drillings or tooth extraction without complaining or crying—and, often, without an anesthetic. When the treatment was over, they were required to politely shake hands and thank the doctor and the office staff. One by one the children silently came over to me. I was expected to extract their teeth according to the treatment plan I had been given. My head was spinning. I didn’t know whether to carry out the dreadful treatment or to send them away. I did what I was expected to do, but I vowed from that day forward that by whatever means I could, I would help children everywhere enjoy healthy teeth and avoid cavities, fillings, and unnecessary extractions.

 

   
 
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