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Teeth Guards and Dry Mouth

Posted Mar 19 2010 7:42pm
Dear Dr. Ellie,

Thank you again for all your help a while ago!! In the mean time I have read parts of your book as well – it is excellent.

I have overcome most of my fears about the products by now (!!)…… and I see how this program is improving the health of my mouth and teeth so much. In my 55 years it is the single most empowering thing I have come across in this area!!

I will have a scheduled cleaning in 2 or 3 weeks – I can hardly wait what the dental hygienist will say. She is actually great and is the person who mentioned Xylitol (she knew of the Spry products etc.) to me and encouraged me to look into it. It is after her recommendation that I went online to research the territory and found you. I started your program somewhere around the beginning of January. Much progress has been made!

Today I have a question about protecting myself while having to wear a brux-guard 24 hours a day for about one month. Later on I believe I am supposed to wear a guard only in the night. What can I do to not interrupt/disturb the progress I have been making with your program?? Is the guard going to present a problem in your eyes? It is covering the upper teeth. My mouth is not closing for now as usual – there is the plasticy thing there….

I started seeing a new dentist in December. My bite is problematic…..long story….. I am clenching/bruxing and wake up sometimes with soreness and have a general soreness in part of a lower jaw area. He is a somewhat holistic dentist and wants to see where my bite naturally falls……and take it from there. So – after preparations etc. he fitted me yesterday with this new device. He mentioned the possibility of needing to move some teeth around (orthodontic/braces) and he felt we will need to re-do some crowns because some are less than good and play a part in the problematic bite. In a month’s time he will know a lot more. My first day into wearing the guard has been quite difficult. I am willing to see if it will truly relax the muscles etc. but I am also quite “freaked out” at the moment and part of me just wants to run.

Is there anything you can say? I would so much appreciate it!

My very best wishes to you and once again: Merci infiniment!


Hi MS,

Je vous en pris!! You are welcome - and welcome to any advice I can offer!

First and foremost I am thrilled that you are on my program. It is devices like night guards and orthodontic appliances that often cause dry mouth and add stress for teeth. You are well prepared, and I would suggest you continue night and morning with your rinse routine and xylitol during the day.

During the day, Zellies mints will be great for you to nibble. I would also suggest a bottle of water into which you dissolve one packet of granular xylitol (one teaspoon) each day. Shake up the bottle to dissolve the xylitol and use this to sip and swish around your mouth at intervals.

This xylitol water will moisten your mouth and keep your teeth clean. Ask your dentist how best to clean your mouth guard - usually you can use toothpaste to clean it, and then rinse off.

Make sure that ACT is the last thing you spit out before you insert your bite guard. Your teeth will then be protected night and morning with the ACT residue over them. This will be good.

I hope your dental appointment goes well - don't get de-railed by new products they suggest to you!!! Maybe your dentist would like to read Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye - most dentists are happy about this book - it is simply the truth about teeth!

Thanks for your message. I am happy when I help someone overcome "out of control" feelings about dental disease.

Best Wishes, and please send me a progress report when you have been on the system for a year (this is a magical time!!) - sometime around August.

Thanks again and bonne nuit!
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