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Next Steps - Introduction

Its Easy to Get Started
Once you start using the Complete Mouth Care System you should enjoy a comfortable, clean feeling in your mouth every time you use it. Remember that cavities and gum disease are bacterial infections that travel from person to person - so it’s good to get your entire family on this preventive program at the same time, if possible.

If you are not experiencing success – be sure you have the correct products and are using the system correctly. (Scroll down this page for details and suggestions). The Complete Mouth care System helps teeth and gums - but results are magnified if you protect your teeth from dryness or acidic damage with Zellies gum and mints.

Do you have dry mouth from sinus or nasal allergies?

  • Consider adding a xylitol nasal spray – two squirts at night before bed
  • Fungal infections in the nose can complicate mouth health

Is there acidity in your drinks?

  • Acidic drinks create problems for healthy mouth bacteria.
  • Healthy bacteria do not like acidity –juices, coffee, teas etc. Try to keep drinks to mealtimes and end with Zellies mints or gum

Give Teeth time with un-diluted saliva

Give your mouth time without drinks (at least) for a couple of hours every day. Early afternoon is when saliva is at its best quality

Importance of Xylitol
The Complete Mouth Care System centers on xylitol. Xylitol reduces and loosens plaque to help clean your teeth more effectively. Strive for 5 times a day!

Xylitol alkalizes the mouth to limit damage from acidity at the end of meals. Xylitol also feeds probiotic oral bacteria that build sustainable oral health.

  • Zellies are the cornerstone of the Complete Mouth care System
  • Have one or two Zellies on 5 separate occasions every day
  • Have at least 5 grams/ day xylitol (less is not effective)
  • Each mint is 0.5 gram and gum has 1 gram per piece
  • Use Zellies after every meal, snack or drink

Bacteria cause dental disease.

These organisms thrive in a dry, acidic mouth and cause bad breath, plaque build-up, gingivitis, and weakened teeth. Acids from bacteria erode tooth enamel which leads to sensitivity, cavities and discoloration.

Enamel Enamel is a living membrane that can be easily softened and demineralized by acids. Dentists cannot stop enamel damage - only removing the acidity can prevent damage.
Mouth Acidity + Dry Mouth = Cavities and Dental Disease

Mouth acidity is measured in the pH of saliva. A pH above 7.0 is a safe, alkaline state. A pH below 7.0, it is acidic. The root surfaces of teeth can be damaged when acidity drops below 6.5 and tooth enamel erodes if levels fall to pH 5.5. The longer teeth remain in acidic saliva, the greater the damage from demineralization. Yet, when saliva levels are alkaline, teeth can strengthen and repair through a natural process of tooth remineralization. The longer the mouth pH remains alkaline, the greater opportunity for teeth to repair themselves.

Mouth pH can fluctuate for a number of reasons related to diet, body chemistry and hormones, climate, or mouth dryness. Anything that causes a drop in the mouth pH to make it acidic or to cause mouth dryness is a risk factor for dental disease. The greater your risk for dental disease, the more protection you will need to keep your teeth safe from damage.

To understand and control mouth acidity, it is useful to test for saliva pH. You can easily keep the mouth in an alkaline state by eating xylitol. Xylitol protects teeth from mouth acidity and helps remineralize and repair them.

pH Testing Kit

Learn how to measure the acidity level in your mouth. Kit contains 15 feet of pH testing paper for approximately 150 uses and instructions to determine your mouth’s pH level.

“A whole new way to protect our teeth.” We tested our salivary pH after a long training session and found it very acidic. Just a couple of Zellies put us back into the safe zone. It is a whole new way to protect our teeth."

- Athletic Coaches

 Instructions for using pH litmus testing paper

Open the pH litmus testing paper from its foil wrapper and replace the roll in its plastic container and save the color chart for measurements.

Test your natural pH before you eat or drink anything

1. Tear off about an inch of the paper from the roll.
2. Spit some saliva into a spoon.
3. Dip the litmus paper into the liquid.
4. Take note of the color that the paper turns  

Measure your mouth acidity at different times of the day.

Test your xylitol pH

1. Eat a Zellies mint, Zellies chewing gum or granular Xylitol.
2. Let the “juice” bathe your teeth and “swish” it around.
3. Now spit into a spoon.
4. Dip the litmus paper into the liquid.
5. If the testing paper is colored blue or purple it shows that you have a safe and alkaline mouth. At this pH level your teeth will be hardening and harmful bacteria will be reduced.

Xylitol is extracted from natural fruit and vegetable fibers. Zellies gum, mints or granular xylitol should instantly make your mouth alkaline. The more acidic your mouth, the more xylitol you will need.

Nature’s Response
When you bite into a lemon you naturally produce saliva in your mouth. This is nature’s way to wash away the acidity and protect your teeth. Without help from saliva the acids in your mouth would dissolve calcium out of your teeth.

Saliva brings calcium and minerals to the tooth and helps repair any damage. It takes about 20-30 minutes for nature to dilute and remove the damaging acids from your mouth. This graph illustrates how acidity puts your mouth below a safe level but there is natural recovery over time.

Sipping drinks
Problems occur if you drink more acid before the mouth has recovered. Constant sipping can keep the mouth in an acid state for hours and in this way teeth are damaged. This graph illustrates the way frequent sipping can keep the mouth at damaging levels.

Damage in a dry mouth
AAnyone with a dry mouth will be at greater risk of tooth damage. Without saliva there is no natural response to wash away the acids. People with blocked noses or who breathe through their mouths have less saliva. Allergies, sinus problems, exercise or even sleep can put you at risk for acid damage.

Dry mouths offer greater risk of dental damage. While some dry mouth is permanent, caused by disease or radiation damage, everyone wakes with a dry mouth following sleeping, when less saliva is produced, so everyone shares this risk.

Risk Factors

 

Suggestions for success with The Complete Mouth Care System:

Closys:

  • Don’t add flavoring – it works better plain
  • Rinse for 1 minute exactly (not shorter/not longer) Closys takes 30 seconds to activate
  • Swish – especially in regions where you have pockets. It’s a great surfactant and will go into pockets to “get” the bad bacteria

Crest Cavity Protection:

  • Don’t substitute other paste, they don’t give same protection
  • Don’t rinse off with water – rinse toothpaste off with Listerine
  • Silica provides minerals for re-mineralization
    • This paste has no glycerin – an important feature

Listerine:

  • Should be original or cool mint – not other kinds
  • Rinse immediately after brushing – to wash toothpaste away
  • Use about 10-30 seconds – or as long as you can stand it!
  • Swish vigorously – you are liquid flossing

ACT:

  • Check you have the original kind - not Total Care
  • Beware the bigger size that has only 0.02%. Try to find the 18 oz bottle with strength of 0.05%

Use the system 2 or 3 times daily – (never more than 3, always twice)

  • Only using the system once a day will not be enough to control problems
  • Use the system at a time when you will not eat or drink for some hours after
  • Always use the system immediately before bed, and no meds or drinks after

Do not rinse with water between any of the steps

  • It’s important to go from brushing to rinse with Listerine – no water rinse
  • It’s important to go from Listerine step immediately to ACT – no water rinse

Do not use other mouth rinses – (no chlorhexidine, Peridex, Peroxide, Bleaching)

  • This system heals the oral biology and promotes healthy bacteria
  • Most other rinses (like those listed) kill probiotic bacteria
  • Do not combine with baking soda paste or rinse

Brush Your Gums

  • Don’t be scared to brush your gums –give them help
  • Brush gums – above or below the teeth, using small circles and a method that stimulates some circulation in your gums
  • Don’t use too soft a toothbrush – better a medium brush softened in warm water. Many soft brushes are useless
  • Brush the outside of the gums and the inside of the gums – all around teeth

What Kind of Brush?

  • Don’t use a big brush– many mouths need a youth brush
  • Consider two different designs of brush – one for morning, one at night, so that you will reach different areas – consider an “electric” in the morning if you are less focused
  • A manual brush can be better than an electric if you use a good technique
  • Massage your gums with the brush - get the circulation moving !! Clean toothbrushes

Cleaning Your Brush

  • Even antibacterial toothbrushes need to be cleaned – they get infected after one use. If you are fighting cavities or gum disease this is vitally important news for you and your family.
  • Use Listerine or Closys and swish your brush in one of these liquids after every use and then rinse, and allow it to dry in a clean environment
  • Store brushes away from any toilet area
  • Do not rely on UV sanitizers
  • Do not keep in drawer or under a cap – the worst gum disease bacteria grow under travel caps. Do not re-use a brush after travel – throw it away and buy a new one
   
 
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