Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye: A Do-It-Yourself Mouth Care System for Healthy, Clean Gums and Teeth
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Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye: A Do-It-Yourself Mouth Care System for Healthy, Clean Gums and Teeth

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You brush, floss, use mouthwashes, and are concerned about the foods you eat, yet you still require fillings or lengthy cleanings at the dentist. In Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Dr. Ellie Phillips teaches how anyone can achieve and maintain a truly healthy mouth. Empower yourself as you improve the look and feel of your teeth between dental visits. Your dentist will be amaze...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Greenleaf Book Group
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Lena
As someone who graduated from a '70's Coke-and-candy childhood with nearly 2 dozen cavities, I've never had a very positive relationship with my teeth. Despite regular brushing and flossing as a responsible adult, nothing has slowed the perpetual cycle of filling repair and replacement I grudgingly have accepted as an annoying fact of my life.

In this book, Dentist Ellie Phillips makes an argument that it doesn't have to be that way. The conventional wisdom that sugar causes cavities is only part...more
Happyreader
I am obsessed with this book. The dental philosophy and science presented here parallels what’s emerging as critical to good GI health. It’s all about creating the appropriate environment to promote healthy bacteria and reduce harmful bacteria. She also reminds us that dental products are like food products where new and improved are not necessarily so. Stick with the dental basics. A simple fluoride toothpaste without all the tartar control and definitely not the tooth whiteners. Simple mouth r...more
Darus Trutna
I read this book because I was searching for the best dental care regiment on earth (assuming an imperfect diet). . my search is over. This is it. I am now faithfully committed to following the oral regiment (closys, brush, listerine, act, xylitol)for the next 6 months until my next dental visit. If my 6 month experiment is a success and my dental visit proves the system has strengthened my teeth and improved my gum health I will become a HUGE supporter of this book. I will start carrying a back...more
Elizabeth Zander
This book is inspiring and informative for pro-active dental health.

Dammit I take good care of my teeth and still get a cavity every 3 years or so for the dentist to drill and fill. According to Dr. Ellie I needn't feel guilty about the desserts I love because it isn't the sugar causing tooth decay, but acidic saliva and bacteria; and, she is emphatic about xylitol clearing up both. I'm astounded that I hadn't heard about xylitol before. After cooperating Phillips' info with additional research...more
Steve
We usually only think of the slogan caveat emptor(buyer beware) when we are buying a product - a used car or electronics.

Capitalism and competition are great for manufacturing and most kinds of businesses. Competition is good when you're trying to increase efficiency, not so much so when you're in competition with your doctor or dentist. It may seem far-fetched to think that we're in competition with our healthcare practitioners; but when there are huge conflicts of interest, competition is almo...more
Stephanie Harney
Feb 22, 2010 Stephanie Harney marked it as to-read
Aaahhhhh the world of xylitol.....very exciting stuff!
Pam

Excellent system. It really works.
Christine Gaudreau
As someone who has cavities no matter how many times a day I brush and now have boys that are prone to cavities, I was excited to read this book after the good reviews it was getting on amazon.com. My son's pediatrics dentist has referred us to using xylitol wipes and since I have been very interested in finding out more. The book is very detailed but almost to the point where it repeats the same info over and over. Not necessarily a bad thing because I did want to remember the info. Also, the a...more
Natacha
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Dayna
This book was definitely worth checking out of the library. I have been struggling with feeling like I could not keep my mouth clean and healthy enough over the last little while. I struggled with cavities as a kid and I am watching my kid do the same...with no rhyme or reason from dentists as to why it is happening.

I read about this cleaning system from an all natural friend and was a little leery. When I looked into it I found that the items need for the system could all be purchased at the g...more
Stevie
There is a lot of excellent information in this book, but the whole xylitol thing is kind of scary. Eating two teaspoons per day? An explanation as to why you wouldn't want to do that: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.co...
Aime'
I have yet to try the methods in this book, but found the information good, concise and really interesting considering it is all about dental health. For a nonfiction book by a professional the language is very accessible as well and presented in a way that makes sense to the reader. Honestly cannot wait to try these suggestions, and actually very curious to test the PH of my tap water, etc. Highly recommended if only to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions we have about our mouths.
Wendy Crittenden
4 months into this regimen and my teeth are so damn smooth. Also a noticeable cavity is visually reversing and gums are really healthy.
Margaret
A very convincing argument. Makes sense that mouth chemistry plays an important role. Certainly, not something that my dentists have talked much about. I wish this book had been around when I was a teenager to have possible saved me from getting the nearly dozen fillings. I'm working on implementing her care system. I don't mind all of the rinses and I'm not using Crest toothpaste. The hardest part is the xylitol. It's just not in my habit to regularly (5-6x a day) have a bit of sugar. We'll see...more
Zom Osborne
I would recommend this book for anyone having trouble with cavities and or their gums.

As a woman in her early fifties, I was recently told by my dentist that I have periodontal disease. I have two bridges and several root canals. He had no ideas other than having water by my bedside. I thought I was looking at dentures in another ten years.

I have been using Ellie Phillips regime for two weeks and have already noticed a distinct change in texture of my teeth, from porous and chalky to slick and...more
Jenny
Apr 07, 2012 Jenny added it
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I am quitting giving star ratings, I think. This book is as dry as you would expect a book about dentistry to be. However, she makes a good point about the acidity pH levels of your mouth and its relation to tooth decay. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling with cavities, because it has some good insight on mouth chemistry, a holistic dental approach, and fluoride. (She is neither a hater nor heavy proponent of fluoride, which to me seems a balanced perspective.)
Victoria Law
A friend recommended this to me after I visited the dentist for the first time in almost a decade and found THREE cavities. Then part of my tooth fell out and so it seemed like a really good time to read this and get some ideas as to how to keep my remaining teeth.
Lisa
Jan 04, 2014 Lisa added it
Fascinating, and just what I wanted to hear about making my teeth stronger instead of waiting til the "inevitable" decline. NOT INEVITABLE! Dr Phillips has the goal of keeping patients' teeth strong instead of drumming up more business with repairing their teeth.
Bruce
Very interesting. She made a compelling enough case for me to try her regiment. I bought the 2 rinses I didn't already have from Walgreens, and ordered some xylitol powder and mints from Amazon. I am hopeful for good results, but I guess time will tell.
Nick Enchev
Great topic, crappy writing. She tends to fill chapters by repeating the same thing over and over.
Rpalmer63
There's plenty of good, practical advice in this book, but the delivery of the content could be better. Nevertheless, such a book could be tremendously beneficial for health, so the quality of the writing isn't the most important criteria.
Marieskinner
I'm sold. I'm extra grateful for the information on what to do for infants and children as my 3-year old has a pre-cavity. I'm hopeful this will work to keep a cavity from destroying her tooth.
Erin
Still reading this. I have horrible teeth so I am wanting to use her system to make them better. Seems like she knows what she's talking about.
BLACK CAT
Very friendly, informative and with useful advise. I think everyone should read it and naturally improve their teeth.
Eric
Very clear, helpful info about dental health care, with focus on prevention.
Nancy Rector
Her system totally cured my VERY sensitive teeth in 5 days. Easy to do.
Jenn
Xylitol! Wish I had read this 20 years ago but glad I found it now.
Joe Antognini
Joe Antognini marked it as to-read
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Ellie Phillips is a children's writer. Her first novel, Dad's Geeks and Blue-Haired Freaks was published by Egmont in 2012 and its follow-up, Scissors, Sisters and Manic Panics will be available from June 2013.

Her childhood home was a flat above her parents' bookstore and she spent a lot of time sitting under the shop counter reading the stock and wishing there were more novels like Forever by Jud...more
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