Smile Like You Mean It, Bridges -vs- Implants

Smile Like You Mean It, Bridges -vs- Implants

For some of us, having a perfect smile seems like a far away dream

If you have ever had a missing tooth–one or more–consider yourself a candidate for implants. Even if you are missing multiple teeth, implants can support a crown or bridge replacing those teeth. Implants function as normal teeth without concern for decay. If all or most of the teeth are missing, implants may be placed to fix a permanent, in place, full-mouth fixture or denture.

Often the process of getting a dental restoration seems overwhelming, read on to get answers to important concerns.

How to get a bridge -vs- how to get an implant

Bridge: Conventional Dental Bridge Placement requires modifying adjacent tooth

Getting fitted for a denture bridge requires the manual modification of the teeth on either side the bridge. This process significantly weakens adjacent teeth. In order to fit a conventional bridge the structure of the existing teeth has to be ground down to support the false bridge. This practice weakens adjacent teeth.

Dental implants do not affect the health or longevity of neighboring teeth at all, in fact implants support the health of surrounding teeth. Once established, implants are firmly set into the bone making them more natural than dentures or conventional bridges, with none of the shifting that dentures normally display.

Some problems with conventional bridges

• Since they are bonded to the adjacent tooth with a glue-like substance, bridges more often become loose and fall out

• Cracks and fissures form over time, due to normal wear and tear, causing them to become fragile and prone to breakage

• Surrounding soft tissue, and often bone, recedes leaving less support to adjacent teeth

• Improper fit can lead to either tooth decay or irritation to the surrounding sensitive tissue in the mouth

No such problems with implants

Ceramic dental implants are recommended to patients because:

Permanent solutions for your dental restoration
• Chewing is easy with excellent biting pressure provided by implant

• Dental Implants have a good reputation for providing reliable and long-standing service, providing decades of use with few, if any complications

• Comfortable fit and durability because they are well secured and integrated with the bone and gums

• Dental Implants look as natural as real teeth, support the health of surrounding teeth and don’t adversely effect other physiological systems.

Considering the overall advantages patients can expect to benefit from as a result of choosing a dental implant, they are better able to enjoy a healthier lifestyle without the restrictions many denture wearers face. Ultimately, not worrying about dentures becoming loose or falling out when speaking or eating offers a freedom that simply makes sense. The more secure foundation offered by a dental implant improves biting pressure, making it possible to enjoy the foods that a patient probably would not be able to using a dental prosthetic. With improved chewing ability it is more likely for a person to have a better diet and therefore improved overall healthfulness.

Contact our office to come in and discuss your restoration options today.

Marilyn K Jones DDS

Address: 800 Bering Dr Suite 204 , Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 785-7767
Email: mjones@hal-pc.org

Eat Right–Keep Your Teeth White

Eat Right–Keep Your Teeth White

Eat right, keep your teeth white–Prevent stains and discolored teeth

It’s natural to want to look good. A bright smile is certainly part of that picture. Unfortunately many social gatherings present a staggering number of food and drink options that are contrary to maintaining a white smile. Learn these tips for white teeth, despite your social engagements.

Stop discoloring and staining. Load your arsenal now with a bag of tricks to help compensate. Choose carefully and you may stop or even prevent stains. In some cases you can reverse staining from indulgent social gatherings.

Know your foe

Understanding the most likely culprits at risk for causing staining to tooth enamel helps you make an informed decision on foods to avoid. You can bet that a food that stains carpeting or clothing will also stain porous enamel. Acidic foods, tomatoes for example, make enamel softer. Soft enamel stains more readily than dense, hard enamel.

Foods that stain include, wine (red and white) blackberries, pomegranates, cranberry juice, cola, plums, blueberries, curries, vinegars (particularly dark ones,) tomato and tomato based foods. Potentially any other dark colored food with staining powers will also leave stains on your teeth.

Indirect staining -vs- direct staining

Foods can stain teeth because of their pigment. Chemical reactions contribute to staining also. Some chemical reactions from food, softens or weakens enamel . Foods that stain teeth through some combo of deep pigments and corrosive action pose an even bigger risk.

Armor for your teeth

Not all “whitening” foods directly whiten teeth. A number of foods help whiten your smile by fortifying enamel. Enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, has a porous surface. The porous surface makes teeth vulnerable to absorbing and staining causing foods we eat.

Foods that protect enamel:

  • water
  • cheese
  • walnuts, almonds and other seeds and nuts
  • sesame oil and virgin coconut oil
  • shiitake mushrooms
  • raw onion and garlic
  • salmon
  • herbs, particularly basil

These foods neutralize plaque, neutralize corrosive foods, promote saliva or remineralize enamel.

Foods that erase stains:

  • nuts and seeds
  • celery
  • carrots
  • apples
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • water
  • pineapple
  • strawberries

Fortunately all of these foods are delicious and readily available. Keep teeth white and smiles sparkling with routine brushing, flossing, and cleanings with your dentist. Add these foods in for the best defense against stains and the best offense of keeping teeth strong.

Prevent Stains On Teeth – DIY Whiter Teeth

Prevent Stains On Teeth – DIY Whiter Teeth

Prevent stains and discolored teeth-Eat right, keep your teeth white.

It’s natural to want to look good. A bright smile is certainly part of that picture. Unfortunately many social gatherings present a staggering number of food and drink options that are contrary to maintaining a white smile.

Stop discoloring and staining. Load your arsenal now with a bag of tricks to help compensate. Choose carefully and you may stop or even prevent stains. In some cases you can reverse staining from indulgent social gatherings.

Know your foe

Understanding the most likely culprits at risk for causing staining to tooth enamel helps you make an informed decision on foods to avoid.  You can bet that a food that stains carpeting or clothing will also stain porous enamel. Acidic foods, tomatoes for example, make enamel softer. Soft enamel stains more readily than dense, hard enamel.

Foods that stain include, wine (red and white) blackberries, pomegranates, cranberry juice, cola, plums, blueberries, curries, vinegars (particularly dark ones,) tomato and tomato based foods. Potentially any other dark colored food with staining powers will also leave stains on your teeth.

Indirect staining -vs- direct staining

Foods can stain teeth because of their pigment. Chemical reactions contribute to staining also. Some chemical reactions from food, softens or weakens enamel . Foods that stain teeth through some combo of deep pigments and corrosive action pose an even bigger risk.

Armor for your teeth

Not all “whitening” foods directly whiten teeth. A number of foods help whiten your smile by fortifying enamel. Enamel, the hardest substance in the human body, has a porous surface. The porous surface makes teeth vulnerable to absorbing and staining causing foods we eat.

Foods that protect enamel:

These foods neutralize plaque, neutralize corrosive foods, promote saliva or remineralize enamel.

Foods that erase stains:

  • nuts and seeds
  • celery
  • carrots
  • apples
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • water
  • pineapple
  • strawberries

Fortunately all of these foods are delicious and readily available.

 

Besides Brushing, 6 Smile Fixers You Didn’t Know

Besides Brushing, 6 Smile Fixers You Didn’t Know

Time savers and smile makers

Get the whitest, healthiest smile by not ignoring these simple things you already have time for.

We all want the best of both worlds more free time and the best versions of ourselves. The latter generally involves a considerable amount of time, the last thing any of us have time for is to add more things into our routine. Surprisingly, when it comes to your smile there may be a few things that you can do with the time you already are using. Here’s the quick rundown of things to nix and things to fix your brushing routine for the strongest, whitest, brightest smile.

Things to Nix:

Multitasking while brushing

With every minute of almost everyday scheduled, time is precious. It’s tempting to do other things while you’re brushing. Weather you find yourself brushing while you dress the kids, or shower, scroll through your Twitter feed, try using those two minutes for brushing alone. When you stand in front of the mirror you are more likely to cover each surface of the tooth adequately, mapping out where you have covered and where needs better brushing.

Over-cleaning your toothbrush

Have you considered a way to sterilize or clean your toothbrush? There are recommendations

floating around to run toothbrushes through the dishwasher, zap it in the microwave, dip it in rubbing alcohol. Think again about all of these random options, the CDC says that there’s no evidence that anyone has ever gotten sick from using their own toothbrush. Instead try simply holding your toothbrush under running water from the tap, storing it upright and letting it air-dry with no other toothbrushes touching it. More drastic cleaning measures may damage your brush, and that defeats its purpose.

Using social media as your dentist

There are so many weird, whacky, (seemingly) wonderful cure alls on the web. When it comes to your health, including your oral health there are also many, many tips that can do more harm than help. So don’t even go there. The Pinterest, the google, and the various personal blogs sharing the latest and greatest ways to whiten teeth. Maybe—by swishing with straight peroxide, for example—one example that is really bad for teeth. Use ADA-approved products that have been tested.”

Ignoring your daily (or nightly) grind

see your qualified dentist if you have any symptoms of grinding your teeth.

see your qualified dentist if you have any symptoms of grinding your teeth.

While mild bruxism—that is, clenching your teeth or grinding your jaw—might not seem like a big deal, severe cases can lead to everything from chipped and worn teeth to headaches, jaw trouble, and even changes in facial appearance. It’s hard to know if you grind your teeth at night if a partner doesn’t tip you off, of course, but if you experience telltale signs such as jaw soreness or a dull, constant headache, make haste to the dentist; he or she will have several options to help eliminate this, often overlooked threat to your teeth and smile, not to mention your sleep.

So far we’ve just listed a few of the things you can eliminate and actually improve your dental health. Here are a few of the things to start doing immediately to improve your dental health.

Things to fix:

Start flossing

Skipping flossing leaves behind a significant amount of bacteria. The spaces between teeth and below the gum lines account for more than 40% of the surfaces that bacterial colonies attach to. Flossing every day, after brushing, improves gum health and significantly strengthens tooth attachment to the periodontal ligament.

Try a new old thing; tongue scrapers have been

around for generations.

Your tongue can host the majority of bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth

Your tongue can host the majority of bad breath causing bacteria in your mouth

A number of health benefits have been associated with the practice of tongue scraping. Everything from better tasting food, to improved immune response have been tied to tongue scraping after brushing. Tongue scrapers, typically look like a small curved device that is meant to gently curve over the back of the tongue and scrape of biological deposits and debris that can accumulate on the back of the tongue. It literally takes seconds to add this to your morning routine and can help remove bacterial colonies from the mouth that are responsible for causing bad breath.

 

By all means, keep doing what you’re doing when it comes to seeing your dentist routinely, brushing twice a day, drinking plenty of water, and eating all the fruits, vegetables, cheese, and other foods that help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Call our office so we can help you make sure you have the best possible smile.

Whole Body Wellness

Whole Body Wellness

Keeping your whole body healthy starts in the mouth.

The road to getting and staying healthy is often a lifelong commitment to making and setting goals, re-evaluating ability and circumstance, then course correcting as needed. In the span of a lifetime this pattern can become a cycle repeated often.

As our understanding of the human body and whole wellness expands and science expands to include things previously not validated outside of traditional western medicine. New emerging information tells us that many things are responsible for influencing our whole health. For decades practitioners believed there to be a link between many traditional medical practices and other less conventional practices and now many of those perceptions are finding validation through extensive research.

In recent years science has confirmed that even the health of our teeth and gums affect our overall health. Heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and many other disorders can all be affected by the health and wellness of teeth and gums.

As we build healthy habits and healthy bodies, and as we remember to be vigilant in the ways to preserve our healthy teeth and maintain optimal health be mindful of the many other ways we can integrate to optimize our best level of whole health.

Integrative Medicine and Whole Body Wellness.

Integrative Medicine is not a new practice but more of a merging of traditional Western Medicine and more nontraditional methods of medicine such as acupuncture. In a recent article from Kurir Magazine the effectiveness and principles are outlined and explained. Dr. Momir Dunjic a gynecologist in Belgrade contributed to and provided the information discussed in the article. He is the president of the European Integrative Medicine Congress and Assoc. Prof. of Gynecology & Obstetrics at the School of Medicine Pristina, Serbia.

“…- We forgot that if some lifestyle and environment caused the disease, then we have to teach that patient that they must change those circumstances, because they will not be saved from their disease by returning to the same environment and the same way of life as before.”

For more information and for the full article click here.

Pearly Whites, Their Whitest

Pearly Whites, Their Whitest

The new year is looking brighter and whiter.

We all like to start off the new year refocusing on what’s important and dialing into priorities that may have gotten set aside in recent days. Many of us take inventory and realize that we are so busy taking care of our families and our careers that it’s no surprise that New Year tends to reinvigorate the desire to take better care of our own selves.

Cleaning up our diets, kicking up our physical fitness routines, and getting other affairs into order so we feel healthy, vital, organized, and ready to reach new levels of success.

While setting up parameters to uncover the new you don’t forget to include your teeth and getting the best and whitest smile you can!  With all the choices out there for brightening your smile you can be sure to find a method that works for you. After all, one thing that everybody would like, is whiter teeth.

The ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in office dental whitening treatments, yet  many ways availe themselves to whiten your teeth at home. Methods of Teeth Whitening vary, here are a few: oil pulling at home, baking soda make-at-home-paste, dental strips, dental trays (often in kits), whitening pens, specialized toothpaste or washes, whitening kits, and in-office-dental procedures.

Teeth whitening strips: Lately teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity. They are reasonable in cost and easy to use and usually very efficient. Strips are applied to teeth one to two times per day for a prescribed length of time. One drawback can be that patients may experience increased tooth sensitivity after each treatment or application.

Whitening paints: Whitening paints are not actual paint. They are effective based on the same mechanics that make traditional strips and trays work, a hydrogen peroxide product that but instead of a strip or tray that shields the product and keeps it on the teeth it is just painted onto the tooths surface and allowed to dry, then slowly dissolves rather than being removed. One drawback to paint, as tooth whiteners go, can be the inability to achieve uniform coverage, despite this paint on types of whiteners remain fairly popular.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Make-at-home-whiteners: A quick search on the internet will yield a dozen methods to making at home whiteners. The most popular of these utilize baking soda and or hydrogen peroxide. Some methods are as simple as using coconut oil and the old fashioned technique of oil pulling that readily reduces yellowing and plaque growing bacteria. These various techniques can help remove yellowing that has accumulated due to staining but ultimately can cause some tooth sensitivity (especially if hydrogen peroxide is utilized) and usually yield only moderate results.

Above the rest whiteners

Chairside or in office Whiteners: Still considered the best way, as mentioned

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

Mouth and teeth before and after whitening

above, is to get in house treatment. Through innovation and science the in office whiteners are the most specialized and easily protect teeth from issues with hypersensitivity. Dr. Marilyn K Jones, a well established dentist in Houston, provides teeth whitening chairside and can offer other options that you may want to try instead of in office. Additionally, many patients find it impressive how much discoloration and yellowing can be reversed just by starting with a routine dental cleaning.

Should you have any questions concerning teeth whitening through in house method or at home methods please feel free to give us a call for more information or an appointment.

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

What You Don’t Know About White Teeth

What You Don’t Know About White Teeth

A Myriad Of Culprits Contribute To The Everyday Dulling Of A Beautiful, White Smile

It’s not just the dread coffee responsible for staining your pearly whites and giving you a lackluster smile.

Dark Colored Foods and Drinks

These days everyone is obsessed with having the brightest, biggest, whitest smile. Considered common knowledge–most of us know–that certain foods will stain our teeth, especially if consumed often.  There are several that are particularly bad foods to watch out for in order to keep teeth white and bright.

Acidic Foods and Drinks

Surprise, did you know that foods high in acid are also responsible for yellowing and discoloring teeth? It’s not just the color of the foods and drinks you consume but the level of acidity as well. High acid levels soften the enamel coating on teeth leaving them susceptible to stains, soft and more likely to absorb colors in foods that stain teeth.

Why Yellow?

Thick, healthy enamel looks bright and white but really it’s slightly translucent, like fine china. As healthy enamel is worn away it becomes easier to see the dentin underneath. Dentin is the next layer of the tooth and it less white and more yellow. Thinner enamel, coupled with stains that seep into the pores of enamel can give teeth a yellow cast to them.

The Double Whammy List

Here’s a short list of foods that tend to be both dark in color and acidic making them the most likely to stain teeth.

  1. Black Tea. If you do drink black tea, avoid eating other foods with it that also have the potential to stain teeth, dark colored fruits or juices, basically anything that would stain clothing. The tannins in black tea are exceptionally good at increasing the way other foods colors can bond to enamel. Opt for Green Tea, it is considered not just a healthier option but also has less likelihood of staining teeth.
  2. Sugary Sweet, Sticky Treats. The longer sugar stays in your mouth the more time it has to work its mischief, so hard or chewy, those brightly colored drops of sweetness spell disaster for teeth. When you eat a candy that stains your tongue and lips a deep shade of red, blue, purple or green, guess what? Those same bright colors are also leeching into your enamel. Avoid the brightly colored hard and or chewy candies and go for a stick of sugar free gum, or even a small piece of dark chocolate instead.
    Greens can help coat teeth with a protective layer to stop other foods from staining your teeth.

    Greens can help coat teeth with a protective layer to stop other foods from staining your teeth.

  3. Curry and other Sauces. Some sauces are deeply colored by spices or tomatoes, they tend to have heavy concentrations of color and can be acidic as well equalling easy attachment to enamel, leaving dark stains over time.  Don’t avoid healthy foods but do consider two things that will help mitigate staining. a.) Drink less wine during a meal like this. Wine is acidic and will only increase the staining potential. b.) Eat your greens. Many vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, even onions–for example) and a variety of green leafy vegetables are known to coat the teeth in a protective layer helping to prevent staining and even bacterial colonization.
    Acids, not just tannins make teeth susceptible to staining. White wine stains teeth too.

    Acids, not just tannins make teeth susceptible to staining. White wine stains teeth too.

  4. Red and White Wine. It’s common knowledge that red wine will stain teeth, in fact it will stain just about everything, even rocks. The deeply colored polyphenols and tannins in red wine are responsible for its staining powers. Maybe it will be a surprise that white wines can stain teeth equally well, if not better. The acids and tannins in white wine give it super powers for staining your teeth. Avoid eating other foods that stain teeth at the same time you are enjoying a glass of white wine.
  5. Soda, colas, and sports drinks. Everything we just covered about wine plus sugar! It’s not tannins in cola that does your teeth in, its phosphoric acid, and the effect is staggering. Thinking of switching to a sports drink? Think again. Studies have shown some of the most popular sports drinks to have even higher levels of acid in them then the two leading brands of soda. Drink water. Consuming water actually helps flush out acids and correct pH plus it aids your body in making more slippery saliva and that is good news for healthy teeth and gums.
  6. Juice Drinks. Store bought, commercially packaged juice, marketed as healthy, has an even higher acid level (for preservation) than fresh squeezed juice. Buying processed juices, especially brightly colored ones, can be more of a staining hazard than most people realize. Freshly squeezed, made on the spot, juices aren’t processed, so there is less acid, more fiber, more vitamins and they are more healthy. You still don’t want them lingering on your teeth for an extended amount of time.  Swish around a sip of water when you finish just to clear out the acids and sugars left hanging out on and in between teeth.
  7. The Extras. Condiments like soy sauce, ketchup, balsamic vinegar and any other dark, acidic topping to your food, including some hot sauces and salsas can increase the likelihood of staining and yellowing teeth, particularly when paired with other richly colored foods than might impart more stains. This is another great time to reach for a tall glass of water. eating acidic foods or dark colored foods in combination with other foods and water can help dilute the effect and keep stain powers to a minimum.
    Polyphenols in brightly colored fruits and veggies are good for you...and stain teeth.

    Polyphenols in brightly colored fruits and veggies are good for you…and stain teeth.

  8. Richly Colored Fruits and Vegetables. Lastly, some of the most healthy foods can stain teeth because they are loaded with bright colors. The bright colors are a good indicator that they are loaded with super compounds known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are great for the body…hard on the teeth. Go ahead, eat your blueberries, your beets and your pomegranate. Eat all the blackberries you want and raspberries. Then go for some water. Sounding like a broken record?

You might be inclined to brush your teeth first but that’s a mistake. The acids in many of these foods tend to not just stain teeth but soften the enamel. It’s best to let enamel recover for at least an hour first then go in for the brushing with your soft bristled toothbrush. In the meantime, a cool glass of water and a little swish between teeth is the best first move to make. Water will dilute and neutralize strong acids and deep colors to help minimize the risk of staining teeth.

If your teeth have staining or discoloration we can help restore a bright smile giving you that confident feeling with every smile and helping your teeth stay their healthy best.

Teeth Whitening Tips

Looking for at home teeth whitening tips?teethwhitening

Is it becoming a bigger problem as it once was with people just not taking care of their teeth like they should. Though even people that take care of their teeth have to make sure they are getting their teeth checked regularly for cavities and other harmful diseases of the teeth and gums. One thing that we all want and strive for is white teeth. If there is anything that someone wants done with their teeth, its for their teeth to be a white as possible.

Though the ADA (American Dental Association) strongly recommends that people go through in office dental whitening treatments, there are many ways to whiten your teeth at home. The various methods of whitening teeth at home are: teeth whitening strips, whitening paints, whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.

Teeth whitening strips: Lately teeth whitening strips have gained a lot of popularity because of so many different types of strips by so many brands being available. They are usually very efficient and have to be put in at least twice a day. Though by using teeth whitening strips you may come across your teeth being sensitive afterwards.

Whitening paints: The good thing about whitening paint is it works fairly quickly, and can have your teeth whitened within a matter of minutes. The bad thing about whitening paint is that it isn’t as efficient and paint or whitening is removed off very easily at times. It is most often used for quick instances and not a permanent solution.

Whitening toothpaste or mouthwash: This is by far the easiest method to whiten teeth. All you have to do is put some toothpaste on your brush or rinse your mouth with some whitening mouthwash. Though these two things have proven to be very slow in whitening the teeth, over time they are consistent and don’t require much hassle.

Though the best way, as mentioned above, is to get in house treatment these aren’t bad way to whiten your teeth if you want to do it at home. Dr. Marilyn K Jones is a profound and well established dentist in Houston who provides any sort of teeth whitening needed. If you have any questions concerning teeth whitening through in house method or at home method please feel free to give a her office a call for more information.

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