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Posted Aug 06 2010 10:28am
Dear Dr. Ellie,

I used the whitestrips in January--I wouldn't touch them now and I found
your description of the tooth enamel to be fascinating.  I always thought
enamel was like plaster coating (or enamel paint!) on the outside of the
tooth--nothing like the complicated structure you described!  I found you
online in Feb. and I read the whole book just a few weeks ago, and just
loaned it to my brother.

Yes, my daughter is doing the bubblegum ACT, and we'll try to step up the
xylitol--for both of us, as I don't think I'm anywhere near being in danger
of overdosing. 

My baby's father needs to be on the xylitol, too.  He is scared of it, I
think.  I referred him to your website. He asked the dentist about xylitol
and they said it was good.  I put some in her water and he tasted it and
said it was too sweet. He wants her to have good teeth--he has had lots of
trouble with his teeth he wants his daughter to have good teeth. I also got
some lollipops from Dr. John, but she's really not eating them well (she
does mints better) and the lollipops seems to not keep well--they have
melted into a sticky mess!!

I suspect that my daughter's tooth enamel is defective--it seems funny that
it is just her upper teeth. 

Thanks and we'll just work the system harder and hope for the best. I really
think it has helped my daughter's front teeth to stabilize.  If the
deterioration had continued at the same pace, those teeth would be gone by

Lydia Hubbell

Hi L,

I encourage you to keep working on ways to include xylitol into your
family's routine.
Your husband may like Zellies mints -- unless he's a gum chewer.

The mints are a convenient and easy way to get a little bit of xylitol
throughout the day.
Women seem more likely to deal with putting xylitol in water and sipping it
through the day -- or eating a little with fruit at the end of the meal etc.

Strive for five exposures a day -- keep it simple, but make it a routine.
It is the combination of xylitol and ACT that will heal your daughter's

Research shows that children with bad teeth at four years old are more
likely to have bad teeth throughout life.
This is an important because -- (it means) -- if your child has a healthy
mouth at four years old -- she will likely have good teeth for life.

Wishing you a happy weekend,


Ellie Phillips DDS
Dental Health for Everyone!
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