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Really helpful but updated from 5 stars to 4
on 8 June 2013
I had a bad experience with using a whitening toothpaste (Arm & Hammer) for only about a month. I lost some enamel and my teeth had gone grey with some translucency.
Despite having visited a couple of dentists, I wasn't receiving much help. All the dentists said the only way to 'correct' the damage was to have my teeth professionally whitened.
The only person who has suggested that teeth whitening is not a good idea is Dr Ellie. I have bought her book and received a really positive email from her suggesting how could improve the health of my teeth.
I now have a positive remineralisation plan in place, which is based mainly on xylitol gum, fluoride rinses, and change of diet. After only two weeks I can see (albeit minor so far) improvements. My teeth are slightly less grey. As I say, the changes are very small so far, but I am so pleased as I did not expect to see any after so short a time.
I can see now where I had been going wrong in the past which had led me to reach for the whitening toothpaste in the first place. Very importantly, I think, is that Dr Ellie's book and attitude gives you the feeling that you are in control (at least to some extent) of your own teeth and are not reliant on dentists,a number of whom are worse than bad plumbers, who have always got one eye on how much money they can make. Such a relief.
N.B. For those of you who buy the book and then think 'where can I buy these products?', they are all sold individually on amazon. Dr Ellie says that the Closys ph mouthrinse is Retardex in the UK. You can buy spry or miradent xylitol gum (rather than zellies) on amazon. (A word of warning: xylitol does not behave in the same way in your digestive system as sugar, I found that I can only take a very small amount daily before it upsets my stomach.)I have looked at buying the same products from Dr Ellie's own website but the shipping costs are really prohibitive if you are in the UK.
Update 24/07/13: Since publishing this review and following Dr Ellie's regime, a lot of the grey has lifted. Unfortunately, I think this may be in part to the fluoride stripping the enamel, which runs contrary to both her and every other dentist's argument.My top four teeth now have more translucency than they did before I started using the rinses although the colour is much better. Therefore, I am combining Dr Ellie's book (e.g. I still use xylitol gum daily after meals) with Ramiel Nagel's much praised book "Cure Tooth Decay" which takes an anti-fluoride stance and focuses much more on the diet in order to remineralise teeth.
Update December 2014: Teeth look a lot better, although they will never recover the enamel they lost thanks to Arm and Hammer. I think it is the Listerine which was causing the enamel stripping, which I commented upon in my update of 24/07/13 so I use that to disinfect my tooth brushes and not to rinse with. I use the other rinses as Dr Ellie says in her book, and it's working well!