Metal Allergy and Dental Health

Metal Allergy and Dental Health

Metal dental implants were originally made out of commercially pure titanium or titanium alloy, providing the only option for implant tooth restoration for many years. After years of study, we now know that placing metallic dental implants and other restorative devices can potentially provoke allergic reactions. One study involving 1,500 patients demonstrated that although rare, titanium allergy could be clearly detected in dental implant patients. One research paper published in 2010 indicated that “…the risk of an allergy to titanium is increased in patients who are allergic to other metals. In these patients, an evaluation of allergy is recommended, in order to exclude any problem with titanium medical devices.” Further research on the subject noted a higher risk of positive allergic reaction was found in patients whose implants failed for no other known reason other than that they had a higher incidence of allergic reaction.

Who cares about allergies?

Metal allergies are suspected by researchers and holistic dentists alike of being one of the most likely culprits behind the growing number of cases of autoimmune diseases in the United States including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Psoriasis, and Scleroderma, Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and many others. A correlation between metal allergies and a weakened immune system suggests that it is not only important but imperative to take the necessary precautions to ensure that patients are biocompatible before allowing any substance or material to be permanently affixed into the mouth.

There’s more to titanium than you might think

Screw and abutments used in dental implants can be made from the same alloy, but frequently a combination of alloys are used including small amounts of nickel and gold. One of the more commonly reported metal allergies in dental patients is to nickel, which explains why anyone with known sensitivities to metals would be vulnerable to the side effects of titanium implants. Symptoms to metal implants can vary from patient to patient and often include oral burning sensation, general fatigue, skin rashes, a constant dull pain and in some cases loss of the implant. A paper published in July of 2011 focused on titanium allergy in patients who have undergone an implant, and it concluded in part; “This review of the literature indicates that titanium can induce hypersensitivity in susceptible patients and could play a critical role in implant failure.”

Titanium allergy is rarely documented in mainstream medicine however, it has been reported that about four percent of all patients tested will be allergic to titanium. For those affected with a titanium allergy, the symptoms can be quite intense and somewhat confusing ranging from simple skin rashes to deep muscle pain and overall fatigue – common systems for an immune system that perceives itself under attack.

The known effects of titanium allergy

Like all metals used in the medical field today titanium releases tiny particles as it begins to corrode. In the case of an implant, these metal particles become ions and bind to proteins found naturally throughout the body. In some people the body reacts to metal particles in the same way it does to a virus or other foreign substance and it will try to attack the ‘invader’. This starts a chain reaction which can lead to many symptoms including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Allergy Testing – An Important Part of the Whole

Our unique focus on dental health takes into consideration a patient’s oral health in relation to the whole body, including identifying and treating issues pertaining to allergies and autoimmune disorders.

That is why we consider ceramic dental implants to be the better and safest alternative to metal implants. The advantage of these implants is that they are ceramic, and thus there is no concern of corrosion, allergic reaction or electronic interference.

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Options

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Options

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Titanium Restorations.

Today the average adult, in America, will face the permanent loss of 3 or more adult teeth in their lifetime. That statistic has been cut in half over the last few decades and modern dentistry has been a big catalyst for the improvement.  When an adult tooth is extracted due to injury or decay, the best scenario sees that tooth replaced with a permanent implant, traditionally that has been done with titanium posts.

Restoration services can be performed with a variety of materials. The most common, older versions, were constructed from titanium with a ceramic or other composite ‘cap’ covering the anchor as the replacement “tooth”. With the advent of new materials and new technology titanium and metal implants are gradually becoming old school, being replaced by full ceramic options.

Why Change To Ceramics?

Titanium’s track record shows a long history of strong, resilient wear. Titanium was initially believed to be the perfect material to provide safe, long lasting and strong anchors for tooth restoration. Now, after decades of use, medical information and scientific evidence have uncovered a truth that was unforeseen: Titanium can be toxic when left in the body, it is not inert, corrodes over time, and is not the very effective at promoting tissue regrowth.

Though not all individuals are sensitive to titanium, or metals found in other types of metal implants, the consequences for those who are sensitive can be devastating, potentially life threatening. While the worst reactions remain relatively uncommon, lesser reactions and sensitivities are more common and still of concern.

Ceramics Enter the Dental Community After Years of Use Medically

Enter the full ceramic implant. Ceramic tooth restorations are naturally the whitest and brightest. You will never experience discoloring or the drawback of gum tissues around the base of the ceramic tooth restoration, they are easily the vanity choice. Being the best, most realistic option is nice, but it’s not why they are the new gold standard for dentists everywhere.

For decades the medical community have successfully used ceramics in other parts of the body: Hips, knees, and spine to name a few. The long success of ceramics in surgical implants spelled good news to the dental community. At last an option with more than thirty years of documented success.

Ceramics are bio-inert, making them naturally biocompatible.  Ceramic will not corrode, conduct heat or cold, never discolors, and has virtually the same strength as titanium, the old standard. This benefit has been one of the primary factors in dentists preference in ceramics. The biocompatibility equates to long term success and overall improved bone stability and retention in the jaw. Plus a much better retention, or regeneration of soft tissue or gum tissue to support the nearby surrounding healthy teeth.

Ceramic Restorations Raise the Bar

Ceramic restorations are the most compatible with the body’s immune system. They support healthy bone regrowth in areas damaged from trauma or decay, more so than any other option.  Restorations from ceramics consistently demonstrate improved bone regrowth, even gingival attachment and regrowth.  Since ceramics are so good at promoting hard and soft tissue regrowth it’s of little surprise that they are resistant to corrosion at a much higher standard than their metal counterparts. Ceramics do not absorb into tissues or into the bloodstream and won’t corrode over time. That fact further boosts the desirability of ceramics as a restoration option.

These facts have elevated ceramic tooth restorations to a prime choice for dental practices who put their patients long term health and well being as their number one priority.

If you have questions, would like a consult or are ready to schedule your appointment please contact us.

Slow Poison, Metals in Dentistry

Slow Poison, Metals in Dentistry

Slow Poison

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to poison us over time.

The effects of longterm exposure to metal can begin to poison us over time.

Metals in dental restorations have a potential link to overall health inadequacies. Metals compromise immune systems in sensitive individuals.

Multiple studies correlate metal sensitivities to a battery of autoimmune diseases and several processes that critical in running the bodies delicately balanced endocrine system. Ultimately the thyroid, pancreas, and other critical hormone systems are typically most affected.

All metals (titanium, nickel, steel, silver and other alloys)used in dental procedures, weather for implants or abutments, fillings or dentures, will eventually begin to corrode. As time passes corroding metal particles become ions binding to proteins inside the body’s individual cells. Due to blood vessels creating a perfect transportation system, metal particles can readily travel throughout the body. For some individuals these “foreign invaders” set off a chain reaction within the immune system. As the immune system goes on high alert and begins attacking various parts of the body numerous symptoms arise. Consequently various internal systems may begin to fail.

Symptoms to metal implants vary from patient to patient. Often including an oral burning sensation, general fatigue, skin rashes, a constant dull pain and in some cases, loss of the implant. A paper published in July of 2011 focused on titanium allergy in patients who have undergone an implant, it concluded in part; “This review of the literature indicates that titanium can induce hypersensitivity in susceptible patients and could play a critical role in implant failure.”

Who Cares

What impact, if any, will metals have on you? No one can say for certain. Even petients with existing metal components in their mouth risk that there will be a tipping point. When the level of adsorbed metal becomes more than the immune system will tolerate. Most noteworthy, time plays a factor. As time passes more and more ions can be absorbed so that the effects of metal toxins might not be evident for years.

Great New Options

z-systems zirconia dental implants

ceramics used in dental implants are non-metallic and white throughout

With Zirconium, or all ceramic implants, there is never a risk of being slowly poisoned. Ceramic dental implants do not corrode. They will not absorb or dissolve in any way, as a result, there’s no need to consider long term replacements as they can last a lifetime with the same regular hygiene your natural teeth need.

Call today for a consult and to learn more about your choices and about implants that are customized to benefit your long term health.

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Restorations can Prevent Future Pain

Restorations can Prevent Future Pain

Choosing the right restorations can prevent pain in the future

Unexpected circumstances can turn an almost perfect smile into a painful one. Time changes things, even a perfect smile. If you are experiencing oral pain, need a future tooth replacement or restoration, or have had a restoration you are not happy with, consider the following;

A medical link exists for potential increased frequency in headaches, migraine headaches and even TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders) related to tooth loss without proper restoration. Even small changes in bite and tooth placement have been identified as having the capacity to be problematic.

 

When a tooth is lost…
due to trauma, decay or periodontal disease the surrounding bone material immediately becomes compromised.  Additionally the missing tooth no longer helps distribute pressure during chewing and biting, thereby increasing the amount of pressure and bite force placed on the remaining teeth. The additional pressure on the remaining teeth can be responsible for fractures to those teeth, excessive wear, and all too often the remaining teeth drift or shift to new positions in the jaw and in so doing, change the overall bite.

Changes in bite…
and tooth placement due to shifting can typically affect the aesthetics of a smile, what you may not know is that it can also compromise the health of the remaining teeth. First by creating changes in how straight teeth are potentially diminishing your ability to clean properly, secondly drifting teeth might not be properly aligned and bite force from normal chewing may potentially chip or crack teeth.

Bridges
Common practice traditionally replaced a single missing tooth with a fixed bridge. Unfortunately a bridge does not address any of the negative effects of a missing tooth. Soft tissues still retreat, bone mass in the jaw is still absorbed, the surrounding teeth are compromised by the process of preparing them for the bridge. With the lack of adequate bone and soft tissues the remaining teeth, often, are susceptible to drifting. Decay and rot also threatened the neighboring teeth once they’ve been drilled and filed for the bridge.

Implants
For decades dentist have been able to surgically implant permanent teeth to take the place of a tooth lost from trauma, decay or disease. For several decades dentist have been using all ceramic implants. The post that goes into the jaw bone is no longer metal but ceramic. Ceramics have proven over and over to be the ideal long term solution when getting an implant.  Uniquely capable of being integrated and accepted into the biology of the mouth, both promoting soft tissue gum growth and fusing seamlessly with living bone while not disturbing or compromising the surrounding teeth, thusly providing a solution to all potentially negative outcomes of a missing tooth.

Full Ceramic Implants
Ceramic implants are the answer to dentist concerns for the health of their patients and for the patient there is nothing that compares to the aesthetics of an all ceramic implant. Additionally ceramic implants unique properties will never leach into your tissues or body, they will not breakdown or corrode, they do not conduct hot or cold and are, in fact, so precisely fitted that they might fit better and look better than the original teeth, certainly more so than any other restoration option. All while leaving other healthy teeth perfectly in place and unadulterated.

For the best experience and a guarantee in your implant, to ensure a lifetime smile, call our office and make an appointment. Our professional staff is expertly trained. You can trust our extensive experience in implants and restorations to leave you with a beautiful, pain free smile for years to come.

Good Better Best Dentistry

Good Better Best Dentistry

Good — Better — Best

Best dentistry 

Not just your best dentistry choices but virtually all of life has multitudes of good choices. Options abound through the course of any given day. Even when faced with good options there is always “good,” “better,””best” to select from. When we look at options for nutrition, for example, we have healthy options–that are good– and healthy options that are sustainable and organic for our best options. Fitness experts will tell you that consistently getting exercise, even if it’s only 15 vigorous minutes a day, is a good place to start. While optimal best case fitness would be 30 to 60 minutes 3 to 6 times a week depending on your level of fitness.  There are good ways to use recreational time and there are “going the distance” recreational enjoyment. Even sleeping has good, better, best; consistently sleeping 7 hours a night is good, getting 8 hours of sleep is better and getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, at a regular time, following a bedtime routine, or meditation, every single night, is best.

What “Best dentistry” means

Medicine and dentistry follow the rest of life, there are always options for good, better, best. We know, after years of evidence, that it all ties in together ultimately affecting your overall health. Science shows us that diet affects our health, diet affects the health of our mouth too. Sleep and even stress levels affect our oral health, not just our bodies. We know there will be cavities, potential tooth loss, restorations, cleanings, braces, prevention, hygiene choices and that all of those have their own set of good, better, best options.

Best overall

At Marilyn K Jones, we know that your optimal health is intertwined with your oral health. We understand that science is continually finding connections to oral health and other disease processes, like diabetes, heart disease, dementia, autoimmune disease, arthritis, cancer and more. Knowing this we carefully choose the kinds of procedures, the materials and the methods we use to keep your teeth and mouth at their best, weather we are filling a cavity, doing a full restoration on a missing tooth, addressing severe gum disease, or simply selecting hygiene products for your best smile.

Metals and how M. K. Jones Best helps you

Our office has a variety of options to hand pick the dental options that will give you the greatest impact, weather checking for sensitivities to metals, or safely removing old hardware, mercury leaching fillings or infections that can be manifesting or hiding out from previous restorations.

Best to avoid

Because we are a biological practice we are acutely aware that less chemicals and less toxins are important to you, your health and to future generations, we have options and educational material to help you eliminate fluoride and other potential hazards from your life.

Good, Better, Best.

Life is a balance, choosing the best choices you can is all any of us can do. Here at Marilyn K. Jones we want to be a part of that and help you get the best that you can. Call us today.

 

More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

More Than Brushing: Answers to Bad Breath

Bad Breath doesn’t discriminate

Ever notice a friend turning away, even while you retell the best parts of your weekend? Of course we have all experienced bad breath and like a lot of people, the first reaction to resolving the problem; up our dental dental hygiene game. Brushing and flossing are key to a healthy mouth that smells fresh and clean but you don’t need to brush after every meal, floss multiple times and use swimming pool amounts of mouthwash to keep from offending friends with halitosis (bad breath).

If you’be been haunted or plagued with chronic, smelly, bad breath, or have that bitter, nasty, morning breath taste in the back of your throat on a regular basis there may be more to it than just oral hygiene.

First you need to tackle the obvious contributors;

  • Get your teeth cleaned by your dentist and hygienist consistently one or more times per year according to your dentist recommendation. This will eliminate contributions to bad breath from pockets of bacterial colonies and decay.
  • Brush with a regularly replaced, soft bristled toothbrush twice a day.
  • Floss all of your teeth once a day.
  • Consider using a tongue scrapper to take one last measure to eliminating bacteria and odor causing detris in your mouth. The bonus is you may start smelling and tasting better than ever before, plus-no bad breath!
  • Drink plenty of water. Water is what hydrates the body and a well hydrated bodies ensure lots of healthy saliva. Lots of saliva helps wash away the bacterium that typically cause gingivitis, plaque, and yes, bad breath.

Next address dietary contributors;

  • Obvious contributors to smelly breath like onion, garlic, that extra frothy latte, are easy to identify and hard to say no to, if you must indulge, brush or follow with gum or breath mints.
  • Eat a varied, healthful diet. Diets especially low in carbohydrates can contribute to bad breath, so excluding foods that can cause inflammation, but adding in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins like nuts or cheese can help mitigate bad breath caused when body chemistry is not ideal.

Sweep your environment for other culprits;

  • Literally keeping things as tidy and clean as possible can reduce the potential for allergies. Allergies are a big contributor to rhinitis that can contribute to post nasal drip and major halitosis. If your nose gets stuffy, you breath through your mouth a lot, you may have allergy related bad breath.
    • Keeping dust to a minimum, using air filters, especially hepa filters to get the cleanest air inside your living space.
  • Introduce a humidifier. Humidifiers can improve the moisture content of air and reduce inflammation in mucus membranes inside the mouth, throat and nose, all of which will help keep the body best able to tackle the kinds of bacteria and inflammation that can cause stinky breath.
  • Many people also find that flushing their sinuses with a neti pot, daily, significantly reduces pollutants, pollens and other irritants that add to the kind of sinusitis underlying in many cases of chronic sinusitis.

There are other reasons for long term, recurring bad breath that can be related to conditions you may need to see a doctor for. Cracks in teeth, cavities, deviated septums, loose dental restorations, even allergies to the dental restorations you currently have are included in the list of potential culprits. If you have addressed all of the above problems and bad breath persist, call us today for an exam to help you get to the root of the issue. No one should have to live with the uncomfortable embarrassment and stigma that goes along with long term, chronic bad breath.

Don’t forget that alcohol, smoking, some prescription drugs and illnesses can cause bad breath all on their own despite other measures you take to get rid of it.

 

Canker Sore Q and A

Canker Sore Q and A

Canker sore 101

Getting a canker sore is painful, unlike other common problems in the mouth, canker sores do not always have a definitive reason for their occurrence.  Following a few simple guidelines will reduce the likelihood of a canker sore, but it’s important to remember that while frequency can be decreased it won’t always prevent future sores from developing.

Canker sores are small, shallow lesions, usually grey or white “holes” or small craters, sometimes with angry red edges that form on soft tissues in your mouth such as gums, cheeks and even on the tongue. Canker sores are not on the lips, or outsides of the mouth, like cold sores–they are always inside the mouth. Canker sores are not contagious like cold sores and are not caused by a specific virus but infections and illness can make our mouths more susceptible. Canker sores can appear as a solitary lesion or in groups of two to six small lesions. The patients with the highest frequency of canker sore occurrence range in age from around ten years old to about twenty years old. Ultimately, cold sores can happen at any age.

The increased incidence of canker sores in young patients may be related to how frequently young patients immune systems are challenged. A canker sores can be disruptive to eating and sleeping habits, but they do go away on their own in a matter of days, not lasting longer than about two weeks at most. While a canker sore may not be a sign of imminent “oral doom”, they are extremely uncomfortable and painful, and in patients who are prone to them, getting more canker sores sooner, rather than later, is likely.

Things likely to increase canker sore frequency:

  • Hormones–Fluctuations in hormones can stress normal responses in the immune system and affect other normal functions in the body.
  • Stress–Both physical stress to the mouth itself, or the body can weaken the mouths protective and restorative abilities, as can excess stress of any kind. Physical, mental, emotional stress–if in abundance–impair our bodies ability to run all of its many systems efficiently. Canker sores are actually mini ulcers inside the mouth, resting and maintaining good stress management can help reduce canker sore frequency and duration.
  • Oral Trauma–Just as mentioned above–stress can cause canker sores, stressing the sensitive tissue inside your mouth with aggressive brushing, using a firm bristle instead of a soft brush, or from appliances worn inside the mouth that rub all are linked to higher instance or canker sores and mouth ulcerations.
  • Viral infection–While no specific virus has a direct link to causing a canker sore, viruses do compromise and strain the immune system. Staying hydrated and resting during an illness can help your body save energy to fight the infection and help prevent a subsequent cancer sore or other secondary infections.
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencyIn historic times people were much more likely to suffer from scurvy and other disease processes brought on by malnutrition, these days thats far less common but canker sores still find a frequent link in people who are depleted, even minimally, of various minerals and vitamins. A diet lacking in vitamin B, zinc and folate (folic acid) or those who have low iron are the most susceptible to canker sores brought on due to nutrition.
    Immune system compromised
  • Food sensitivities and food allergies–Another culprit to recurring canker sores; foods that you may be sensitive, or allergic to or foods that are especially caustic as in the case with pineapple and other acidic fruits.
  • Health conditions like Crohn’s–or other immune compromising diseases–Those who suffer from any condition that impairs the digestive system or severely compromises the immune system are much more predisposed to experience recurring canker sores.

Prevention tactics and strategies

  • Avoid foods that are irritating or that you have potential allergies to.
  • Avoid aggressively brushing, too hard toothbrushes.
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, saliva helps keep vulnerable tissues healthy.
  • Choose healthy foods high in complex vitamin B and other essential nutrients like zinc and folate.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing morning and night and also flossing daily.
  • Manage stress with healthy activities and periods of rest, and ensure you get a proper amount of sleep every night.

If you do find yourself suffering with a painful canker sore there are some things that may help mitigate the discomfort even if they don’t cure the problem overnight.

Try these tips to alleviate canker sore pain:

  • Rinse your mouth. Use salt water or baking soda rinse (dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 cup warm water).
  • Dab a small amount of milk of magnesia on your canker sore a few times a day.
  • Avoid abrasive, acidic or spicy foods that can cause further irritation and pain.
  • Apply ice to your canker sores by allowing ice chips to slowly dissolve over the sores.
  • Brush your teeth gently, using a soft brush and foaming-agent-free toothpaste.
  • Homeopathic treatments and options are numerous as well. Coconut oil can help soothe and coat the ulcerated tissues while inhibiting bacterial growth. Some people find the appropriate essential oil may decrease pain and increase healing by supporting overall tissue health.

Treating a canker sore can generally be done over the counter but your dentist can prescribe medicated rinses and ointments that contain steroids, or other medications if indicated. Please call if for an appointment if you have severe canker sores, repeatedly experience them, have more than a couple at a time, have a sore lasting longer than two weeks or experience any other symptoms with your canker sore, such as fever, lethargy, difficulty swallowing, unusually large sores, pain that is not alleviated with over-the-counter medication, or sores that are spreading.

 

A Holistic view of Biological Dentistry

A Holistic view of Biological Dentistry

Biological Dentistry with Dr. Marilyn K. Jones DDS is a one of a kind dental practice in Houston.

As true holistic dentists we perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

The true differences between holistic dentistry and traditional dentistry is philosophical: traditional dentistry is the practice of treating the symptoms in the teeth and gums and attempting to prevent such problems from reoccurring. Holistic dentistry is the practice of treating the underlying problems that cause symptoms in the mouth, attempting to eliminate those problems (and, hence, preventing the symptoms from recurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

Studies have concluded a link between gum disease and heart health, diabetes, and pregnancies. However, many dentists are not trained in the long term effects of what dentistry does (or could possibly do) to the whole body. We educate our patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. We place emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry in order to support total health and ensure the best long term results.

With a unique approach to dentistry, we customize our approach to your biological needs, placing priority on education and long term health. Doctor Marilyn K. Jones DDS primary focus is on ensuring that toxins from prior dental work is safely removed and properly replace with superior products that are biologically compatible, strong, aesthetically pleasing, long lasting and promote ideal, lasting results.

Our services include all aspects of dentistry including:

Call our office now at (713) 785-7767 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to meeting you and earning your trust.

 

Is Dry Mouth Affecting You?

Is Dry Mouth Affecting You?

Dry Mouth can affect chewing, swallowing and the health of your entire mouth.

Dry Mouth can affect chewing, swallowing and the health of your entire mouth.

Causing difficult or embarrassing situations for you? Dry Mouth symptoms can make eating, swallowing, even tasting hard to accomplish. Dry Mouth leaves the mouth with not enough saliva. Slippery saliva is the key to a healthy mouth but it also helps you taste, chew and digest food. Without saliva, a nice dinner can become a task more challenging than enjoyable. Saliva lubricates and protects your mouth from infection, protects your teeth from the acids in food and aid in predigestion. Reduced saliva flow can lead to damaged mouth tissue and contribute to both dental decay and bad breath. Severe symptoms of Dry Mouth are the reason that Xerostomia treatment is crucial to both good oral health and good overall health, further more reducing the symptoms of Dry Mouth just makes life more  comfortable.

 

Dry mouth or  Xerostomia, is the result of not having enough saliva in your mouth.

How Do You Know You Have Dry Mouth?

It’s somewhat normal as we age to experience both a reduction in saliva, even in our tear production. The symptoms of Dry Mouth may be slight or gradual in onset. If any of these symptoms seem to apply to you, starting treatment, addressing it now can prevent the damage associated with prolonged persistent Xerostomia.

  • Food sticking to the top of your mouth
  • Food clinging to teeth and crevices more than normal
  • Dry lips
  • Cracked corners of the lips
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Saliva that seems thick and stringy
  • If you wear lipstick you may find it sticking to your teeth
  • If you find yourself subconsciously avoiding certain foods because they are hard to swallow, too dry, or you find those foods just hard to eat
  • Dry tongue and mouth impact your entire quality of life
  • You find food difficult to taste that you previously enjoyed
  • Dry throat
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness,  sore throat
  • Trouble speaking,
  • Developing mouth ulcers
  • And or due to the level of stress on the tissues in the mouth, fungal infections may become prevalent.
  • Tooth decay may become more prevalent
  • Increase of plaque and tarter may plague a severely dry mouth
  • Dry mouth at night
  • Excess thirst at night
  • Waking up in the middle of the night with dry mouth
  • As the condition progresses, if left unchecked, you may develop a “pebbled” tongue, the insides of the cheeks and gums may take on a red and shiny appearance.

The Causes of Dry Mouth

Age is the primary factor in developing Dry Mouth. Age related diseases and medications are a significant part of that equation. Some of the specific diseases that can induce Dry Mouth are Sjogren’s Syndrome, diabetes, certain types of cancers, Parkinson’s and medications associated with cancer Parkinson’s, heart disease and many many more.

While there is a drug that doctors can prescribe for extremely dry mouth called Salagen, it has it’s own set of side effects and precautions. Salagen is generally used in extreme cases and when not contraindicated from other medications. Most common reasons for the medication are usually related to diseases such as Sjogren’s. Typically over the counter oral rinses and increased water consumption, the initial response, can help improve the quality of saliva in the mouth by increasing the moisture.

What Else Can You Do

Here’s a quick list of other options to try which may help improve saliva flow:

Having adequate hydration and sufficient saliva helps create a slippery barrier to protect teeth and gums.

Having adequate hydration and sufficient saliva help create a slippery barrier to help protect teeth and gums.

  • Suck on sugar-free candy or chew sugar-free gum.
  • Drink plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist.
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible.
  • Use a room vaporizer (especially while sleeping) to add moisture to the bedroom air.
  • Use an over-the-counter artificial saliva substitute.

See your dentist and address this issue to make sure you are doing all you can to preserve your oral health by maintaining the proper amount of  wet and slip, slidey, slippery goodness in your mouth.

Reach us at:   Marilyn K. Jones DDS      *      Houston’s Biological Dentist *      Address: 800 Bering Dr. Suite 204    *    Phone: (713)785-7767     *     Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

Ceramics: Get Your New and Improved Smile

Get Your New and Improved Smile: Ceramics

Ceramic Tooth Restorations can be part of a healthy and beautiful smile

Ceramic Tooth Restorations can be part of a healthy and beautiful smile

There’s nothing quite as inviting as a perfect smile. Beautiful teeth are the foundation to that perfect smile.  With improvements in medicine and science a perfect smile can last forever and be as simple to take care of as routine dental cleanings and regular brushing.That’s news because for years tooth loss has been a serious impediment for those seeking to restore their smile.

Traditional Restorations Were Flawed

For decades the options for tooth restoration had big flaws both aesthetically, and medically. Traditional restorations called on bridge work (gluing in a false tooth) or dentures, full or partial. These options inevitably impaired the health of the surrounding teeth. While dentures became loose from shrinking gums and bone loss, bridges were not expected to last ten years. Neither of these options did anything to address gum and bone recession. Additionally the bridge restoration left gaps, hard to clean and brush, those gaps were notorious nurseries for smelly, decay causing, bacterial colonies. All of this was accepted as inevitable with the loss of adult teeth. Eventually doctors perfected a better solution, the permanent tooth implant.

The Metal Implant

This restorative process implanted a metal post into the jawbone with an artificial tooth placed on the end of the metal post. The implant procedure was better, it did not stop the eventual gum recession, or look entirely real, often leaving a metal colored cast to the implanted tooth. Nonetheless it did seem to help in preserving living bone, not always though. And there were other problems.

As titanium implants became more commonplace doctors found that not only did titanium implants lack the beauty of real teeth but some patients were reacting negatively. Patients who were affected had a myriad of symptoms. Some found themselves plagued with a chronic metallic taste in their mouth, some developed silver tattoos along the gum line from metal imbedding in the soft tissue as it corroded, the metal implant also harbored bacterial colonies and contributed to halitosis or bad breath. Other problems were even more alarming: Hot/Cold conductivity, metal sensitivities and allergies causing everything from joint pain and hives to signs of dementia.

Zeramica: The Solution

Enter Zeramica, the non-metal, permanent, perfectly white, tooth implant.  Zeramica, a special ceramic as strong as traditional metal implants, addressed all of the health issues. It is non corrosive, does not conduct heat or cold, or radio or microwaves for that matter. Ceramic zeramica teeth are completely bio-inert and do not corrode or degrade. The Ceramic tooth implant is expected to last as long as genuine teeth when properly cleaned with routine brushing and dental check-ups.  The surgical grade ceramic resist bacteria, promotes bone and gum retention and even regrowth. Best of all, it is stunningly beautiful.

As perfect as natural teeth.

As perfect as natural teeth.

Each ceramic tooth is positioned precisely, matched in color and made to last while making your smile not just healthy and strong but beautiful and perfect.

At Marilyn K Jones a team of perfectionist are waiting to give you the smile you deserve. A smile designed to last a lifetime, won’t leave you wondering if you should be worried about metal sensitivities and toxins building up in your system, while looking as great as a perfect set of natural teeth.