Dear Dr. Ellie
I just read the post from a person whose teeth are supposedly now more yellow since they've been on your system - much darker than a crown that had been placed.
My daughter and I have been on your system since Sept 2010 and our teeth look as white as ever. I say only as white as ever since we used to use Listerine Whitening rinse, but no more. I was concerned about stopping that process since I drink so much coffee and wine, but honestly at 59 years old, my teeth are more shiny and "white" looking than ever. Same for my 24 year old daughter. I follow the system to the letter as in your book, which I bought and plan to donate to the public library since I've finished it. My daughter does not use the Closys.
I really am puzzled when I read about people who say they are using your system whose teeth turn yellow or have brown stains on them. I generally assume these are people trying to have "day-glo" white teeth or something. I have experienced none of that... only a cleaner, shiner, fresher mouth. I have tooth colored plastic fillings and they don't "stand out" as being different colored at all. Everything is even. Also I no longer have morning breath which I thought was "natural". I also get basically nothing when I use my tongue scraper now. I still use it because some things that I eat seem to leave me with a slightly coated tongue. I scrape and floss before I do your system, as you say in the book to go from one to the next without interruption.
I think of it as a moment of grace when I found your site and learned about xylitol - its so good for so many things! Anyway, I just want to thank you again and make sure you know there are plenty of people on your system who have no tooth color problems.
I keep most of the messages I receive over the years - filed in a special file.
I can go back when I hear stories like this lady with "more yellow teeth" and find old messages where she never did not like the idea of using ACT - nor Crest - and had her own ideas about other products.
(I think her dentist had recommended Biotene - which is actually acidic - and will only add to dental problems).
When I investigated another story of a lady who was not successful - she was making her own Closys. I have not idea what this was doing to her mouth and it was definitely NOT my recommendation!
I often have to reply several times when people have fear or concerns about the use of my syste.
I believe these people are usually never convinced, never confident and rarely use my system as a complete system - somehow they cannot believe.
If you are protecting and strengthening your teeth with my system - there is NO WAY for your teeth to darken.
The concept of color is explained in the chapter on whitening in Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye - and I explain how tooth color is all about reflection.
If your teeth LOOK darker - or become more sensitive - then you must strengthen your teeth - which you do as you increase frequency of xylitol/Zellies.
I think sometimes people use the wrong kind of xylitol.
One person was using Trident ( unaware that it had insufficient xylitol and that the sorbitol was counter-acting remineralization).
If you use ZELLIES and the products I recommend - you will get a wonderful outcome.
I put this lady's message on the blog - so that I would get feedback and perhaps highlight the fact that only IF PEOPLE FOLLOW MY RECIPE will experience the dental health they desire!
Thanks so much for your message - I appreciate the support!