Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye - Rogue dentist's revolutionary home remedy really works
Ellie Phillips, DDS, has made it her life's mission to empower and educate dental patients and professionals about dental disease and how to prevent
"Spend 15 minutes with me, and you'll most likely hear how anyone can improve his or her own dental health," admits the feisty Upstate, NY dentist.
"Unfortunately, I can't talk to everybody, so writing Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye (Greenleaf Book Group Press) became a necessity for me."
Dr. Ellie, as she prefers to be called, admits to being frustrated by her profession's acceptance of practices that don't prevent cavities and gum
disease, and by the guilt that patients are often made to feel as a result. On the other hand, reactions to her passionate advocacy of the daily use of a
naturally-occurring sweetener called xylitol (pronounced ZIE-lih-tol) can be skeptical at first.
"I know it sounds contrary - and almost too good to be true - that xylitol tastes exactly like sugar and actually promotes dental health, but it's a fact,"
she says, and backs it up with scientific evidence in her book.
Xylitol is extracted from the fibers of fruits and vegetables, most notably from birch trees. It has been used for centuries as diabetic sugar substitute,
and as a public health measure in the prevention of oral health problems in many countries for decades. "In China, you can find xylitol gum at any
Wal-Mart checkout, but most people in America have never heard of it," she says. Out of necessity, Dr. Ellie began distributing her own brand of 100%
xylitol products called Zellies in 2003.
Xylitol use, along with a simple regimen of specific over-the-counter mouth rinses and toothpaste, make up Dr. Ellie's do-it-yourself daily mouth care
system. These items, in the order they should be used daily, include:
â€¢ Pre-Rinse -- Before brushing your teeth, a pre-rinse neutralizes mouth acids to protect your teeth from damaging toothbrush abrasion and wear.
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