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The Cost of Dental Care
Most dentists believe cavities progress and although re-mineralization is a natural process, they think it is rare for a cavity to repair itself. Dentists know that 50% of work in their dental offices is fixing previous fillings as pieces of tooth break off or when decay happens under fillings. Allowing your dental life to continue in this “normal way” is not only costly to your health but also to your pocket book.

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Dentists have a saying that “fillings grow up to be crowns”. This means once a tooth has been damaged by a cavity or filling, it will usually end up as a crown. This is because a filled tooth is never as strong as a pristine, untouched tooth. Eventually, without correct daily protection, parts of the enamel around a filling will fracture, crack, chip or break. If you have pristine teeth you may have choices about how to care for your teeth, but if you have filled or damaged teeth I strongly suggest this system of care to halt the “natural” domino effect and save your teeth from fillings, crowns and implants and the progressive, destructive ending that many experience.

Mouth Health and Digestion
There are many ways digestion influences body health – but one concern is that it supports the immune system and the body’s defense against infection. If you have poor digestion and poor oral health – work to fix your digestive issues as soon as possible.

  • Consider a digestive Probiotic in addition to a good diet and whole-food multivitamin. Garden of life brand is recommended- specific for the gender differences of men /women
  • Beware oral probiotics–because they are lozenges that dissolve in the mouth, many are sweetened with artificial sweetners or Splenda

Periodontal Healing

  • Gum healing occurs from the inside out. Once the mouth infection has been controlled and plaque reduced(with the Complete Mouth Care System) it will be your own blood that brings cells and nutrients to the tissues for healing. Gums need antioxidants and minerals from your diet.

Do you believe that you can be cavity-free forever?
Think what this could mean for you. Consider the time and expense your would save, plus the difference it could mean for your mouth and general health.

You may try to floss, or use some expensive toothpastes or rinses but if these products are not working – why not try something different? If your gums bleed or if you continue to need fillings or dental repairs – don’t buy any excuses that you have weak or soft teeth. These problems are signs you have a disease and mouth acidity that is causing damage. That is actually good news – since dental disease and mouth acidity can be easily stopped and the damage prevented!

If you let dental problem continue - eventually you will get to a point where fillings can’t fix your troubles any more. Then you will need very expensive crowns, root canals, implants or dentures. The crazy thing is that all this can be avoided if you give teeth just a little more protection and help with a clean toothbrush, some great toothpaste and frequent small amounts of xylitol.

I understand not everyone will use my Complete Mouth Care System – but here are some ideas to help. The first 4 ideas are basic things that anyone can do to improve their oral health, moving up the ladder to ideas for Ultimate Oral Health!

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Enjoy Xylitol at any age

Xylitol is a sweet, white substance that looks and tastes like sugar, but it has 40% fewer calories and is diabetic friendly. Eating 6.5 grams of xylitol per day, and making sure you get at least five exposures, helps rid your mouth of sticky harmful bacteria and promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria. Xylitol raises mouth pH encouraging mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. This can protect all your teeth and help repair and remineralize softened areas.

Children under the age of 5
Dissolve a teaspoon of xylitol in a small amount of water and wipe on baby’s gums 3-4 times a day, especially as new teeth begin to erupt. Use xylitol dissolved in water instead of toothpaste until children can rinse and spit. Introduce children to healthy tooth-protective foods and use some form of xylitol after every meal, drink or snack.

Learn how xylitol preventing cavities in toddlers.
Find xylitol tooth wipes.

Children Ages 6-10
Use Crest® Regular Paste, ACT® Fluoride Rinse and xylitol every day. Start with a pea-size amount of Crest® Regular Paste on a clean brush. Provide a cup of water so children can rinse after brushing. Young children should be supervised with rinsing and slowly adding drops of ACT® Fluoride Rinse to this water as they learn. When child can safely rinse and spit, use ACT® Fluoride Rinse at full strength after brushing. Children should have at least 6.5 grams of xylitol each day. Granular xylitol dissolved in a water bottle can be sipped throughout the day and xylitol mints and gum an be eaten after meals, snacks and drinks.

Children Ages 10 +
Start them on Zellies Complete Mouth Care System with xylitol. If they haven’t started already, be sure to start at least 6 months before braces are applied, providing they can rinse and spit with confidence.

Learn more about Xylitol

Keep your toothbrush clean

Swish in Listerine®, rinse and air dry. Brushes can also be UV sterilized in UV toothbrush holders, cleaned in the dishwasher, or “cooked” in the microwave for 2 minutes, then air dried.

Store your brush so the head has air circulation around it and avoid any toilet area. Try the kitchen instead. Select a good toothbrush holder or use a clean cup - never store in a bag. Don’t forget to find a storage location away from the toilet and wet vanity counters when traveling. We even have a Travel Sizes Complete Mouth Care System.

Avoid products that damage your teeth

Toothpastes with whitening agents
Many whitening pastes remove surface stains with an abrasive that can damage tooth enamel. This may remove stains but it weakens your teeth and makes them sensitive to hot and cold. Abrasion can also make teeth porous - so they stain again more easily. Some whitening pastes are acidic and “etch” the glass-like surface of your enamel. This whitens the surface but leaves teeth weak and more likely to stain and be sensitive.

Tartar control additives
Many products with tartar control are very acidic. This may dissolve some of the solids, but the acidity pulls calcium from your teeth to actually form more tartar. The acidic environment also promotes the growth of more plaque, weakens teeth and makes them sensitive. Other tartar control pastes contain harsh chemicals that can make your gums or tongue sore.

Toothpastes with Stannous Fluoride, Sodium Monofluorophosphate, and Triclosan
The Crest® Regular Paste I recommend is made from silica and sodium fluoride. Stannous fluoride found in other pastes can stain teeth and even make them turn black. Sodium monofluorophosphate was developed in an effort to lower costs and can be mixed with chalk to make a paste. Triclosan is an antibacterial found in dry hand sanitizers. Research shows that Triclosan reacts with chlorine in tap water and immediately forms chloroform. Many people find Triclosan harsh on the “skin” of their mouths and even get ulcerations from paste made with it.

Baking soda
Baking soda is often used as a homeopathic remedy for tooth care. My experience is that people who use baking soda often suffer aggressive gum loss. My hunch is that useful and protective tooth bacteria are damaged by baking soda. I may actually make teeth “too clean” and unprotected leaving them exposed to thermal and chemical damage.

Peroxide is often added to toothpaste as a whitener. Research shows that mercury in fillings is encouraged to vaporize when in contact with peroxide. If you have silver fillings in your mouth, I would recommend you avoid peroxide in pastes or in rinses to avoid exposure to harmful mercury.

Using the Complete Mouth Care System

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