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
- 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
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
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.
Mouth Acidity + Dry Mouth = Cavities and Dental Disease
||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 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
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
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.
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.
Suggestions for success with The Complete Mouth Care
- Don’t add flavoring – it works
- 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
- This paste has no glycerin – an
- 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
- 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
- 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