5 Tips To Better Brushing

Old School

Dental plaque in human mouth on the denture.

Dental plaque in human mouth on the denture.

The old saying goes, brush in the morning to keep your friends and brush at night to keep your teeth, but if that’s all your doing for oral hygiene you are leaving a lot of room for improvement. We all want to keep our teeth healthy and strong and we want our teeth to last our entire lifetime. Here are some simple steps to make sure you’re incorporating into your hygiene regimen. Besides brushing, here’s what you need to know.

How Often Do You Brush?

Millions of bacteria will grow in your mouth over a 24 hour period. after 24 hours the bacteria in your mouth will have begun to form a dense layer, forming what is referred to as plaque. Plaque is the bacterial colonies that can coat tooth surfaces and form calculus and tartar, causing decay and serious periodontal infection. If you are brushing your teeth only one time per day it’s not enough to prevent plaque build up.  Dentist recommend brushing after every meal but if you cannot do that, the consensus is to brush at least two times per day.

Watch Out Though

Is there such a thing as brushing your teeth too often? If brushing three times per day is a good idea then four or five times must be better right? That’s wrong. In this case there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Excessive brushing can wear away tooth enamel and irritate delicate gum tissue, which can lead to inflammation or infection.  If you are prone to eating many small snacks or more than three times in a day, try chewing sugarless gum after you eat. When you chew gum it increases the saliva in your mouth, flushes out bacteria and loose food particles and helps to keep the mouth clean in between brushing.

Right Angles

A perfect right angle is 90 degrees but the perfect angle for brushing teeth is exactly 45 degrees, angled towards the gum line. Angling toothbrush bristles towards the gum line will increase the amount of detritus, bacteria and plaque that is dislodged and removed at the gum line and below. Most adults are more prone to cavities below the gum line or infection at or below the gums, this technique makes the most of your brushing efforts and is still very gentle to delicate gum tissue.

Not a Straight Line From Start to Finish

Think of brushing teeth like polishing fine silver or delicate furniture. Using a sawing motion would not be the best way to clean and shine up such prized possessions. Over time a straight back-and-forth motion would leave wear patterns and it is the same with the enamel in your teeth. Sawing motions are abrasive, instead use a circular motion, just as you do on the silverware or the antique hutch and you will ensure that your teeth and your antiques are their sparkliest.

Toothbrushes Not Sandpaper

While we are talking about wearing down enamel let’s talk about bristles. You would never want sandpaper in your mouth. Pushing too aggressively, brushing too briskly and using a brush with really stiff bristles will wear teeth and inflame gums needlessly.  Always use a soft or extra soft toothbrush because, while it’s true, you can partially remineralize your existing enamel,  you cannot build it back up if you brush it all away.

Last But Not Least

Flossing. We’ve said it before (and we will probably say it again). Flossing is necessary to remove bacteria and food that brushing teeth alone cannot reach. Don’t skip flossing, but remember you only need to floss once a day to reap the benefits. The benefits are that you get to keep your own teeth for longer.

Flossing keeps teeth cleaner and helps stop plaques and tartar from forming between teeth and below gums.

One last secret, there is significant evidence that some mouthwashes or rinses can significantly help reduce bacterial colonies that grow between brushing. This can help reverse or stop periodontal disease, eradicate chronic bad breath and help keep your teeth whiter and healthier between dental cleanings.  If you’re looking for the right rinse for you, need to catch up on cleanings or an exam, give us a call today!

 

 

What Came Before the Modern Toothbrush?

Ever have time to ponder the little things in life, like what came before the modern toothbrush?

What came before modern toothbrushes was a lot more rotting teeth!  In fact regardless of fluoride, countries across the globe that employ modern dentistry and routine dental care have all recorded progressively lower rates of decay and tooth loss over the last 100 years.  We have all benefited from the advent of the modern toothbrush.

The toothbrush in your bathroom cabinet is the culmination of not just revision after revision, science and engineering has brought forth the best version ergonomically, hygienically and scientifically to clean and deter further bacterial colonization and plaque build up on your pearly whites.

The First Toothbrushes

Bearing in mind that people have always had teeth, it may not be surprising that we’ve been attempting to keep them clean and healthy for a very long time. The toothbrushes predecessor, the chew stick, have been unearthed in various places around the globe The oldest chew stick, found in Babylonia and dated to 3500 BC, followed by archeological evidence in Egypt dating to about 3000 BC.

Chew Stick or teeth cleaning sticks.

Chew Stick or teeth cleaning sticks.

Chew sticks were a stick that was tapered on one end and frayed on the other end. The soft frayed ends were used to gently clean the surfaces and the pointed end could dislodge debris stuck in the teeth crevices and cracks.  A variety of trees or bushes could be employed to make chew sticks.  Different regions and cultures each, had their own prefered bush or tree, sometimes cinnamon, sassafras or even tea tree and walnut. Well over a dozen different types of trees/bushes with bitter roots were utilized for chew sticks, or teeth cleaning sticks.  The types of trees and bushes typically selected for teeth cleaning or chew sticks have long been known to have antimicrobial benefits that no doubt benefited the user to some degree.

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Toothbrush believed to have belonged to Napoleon

Eventually the chew stick evolved into a bristled brush similar to our more modern toothbrushes. The first of which have been unearthed in ancient China.  The Toothbrush made it’s way across the globe and while the handles varied between bamboo, ivory and bone, the bristles on those first toothbrushes were generally made from horse-tail hairs, boar bristles, even badger fur. By the 1900’s modern handles made from man made materials were the norm and nylon bristles were standard.

 

The Zenith of the Toothbrush

Over the last hundred years or so the toothbrush has changed but is still recognizable from even its earliest versions. The biggest difference in the latest models are those brushes that offer ultrasonic cleaning speeds.  We easily assume that this feature is but a mere gimmick, yet by far, this is the pinnacle of hundreds of years of reinventing and researching oral health. Today’s ultra-sonic toothbrushes–outfitted with a new toothbrush head and properly charged–remove stains, debris and colonies of bacteria both above and below the gumline. Ultrasonic toothbrushes may even contribute in retarding harmful anaerobic bacteria.

As ultrasonic toothbrushes are moved from tooth to tooth they create thousands of teeny-tiny bubbles, some that may be small enough to slip into the tiny space between the teeth and gums. Those little bubble are all it takes to break up the party of nasty anaerobic bacteria hanging out down below the gumline. Anaerobic bacteria can be some of the stinkiest and contribute, extensively, to periodontal disease, gum disease, decay and other oral infection.

By now you’re probably day dreaming about a nice rendezvous with your new, modern, toothbrush!

Contact our office weather you still use a chew stick or even if you have the fanciest, latest version–the ultrasonic toothbrush–we can help you make sure your oral health and your whole health are in alignment.

 

 

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.

 

A Chip In The Armor

Enamel: The Armor of Teeth

Closeup of a woman patient at the dentist waiting to be checked up with the woman doctor in the background

Closeup of a woman patient at the dentist waiting to be checked up with the woman doctor in the background

Chipped teeth are one of the most common things dentists get asked about.  Common sense tells us we need to see a dentist when we have a cavity, a broken tooth, or pain in our mouth, but chipped teeth don’t always fall into routine dental education we get from visits with the dentist.  Enamel is the most dense, hardest substance in the humane body, and yet–for a variety of reasons–can unexpectedly chip or fracture, sometimes just from normal wear and tear.

The Teeth Most at Risk

Several factors that can conspire to make teeth more susceptible to chips and fractures.

  • Activities that put teeth at a higher risk like baseball, hockey, and other sports, leave the mouth exposed to a higher than average risk of impact from body parts, balls, sticks, bats or other items used in play
  • Eating hard or extremely crunchy things like nuts, hard candy, caramel, popcorn kernels and ice not only can cause chipping directly but indirectly by creating small fractures and cracks
  • Chewing on non food items that are hard or abrasive
  • Using teeth to open clasps on small vials, bottles, jars and other containers
  • Bruxism (clenching jaws and grinding teeth)
  • Young children who take tumbles may chip teeth if they fall onto hard things like bathtubs, pavement, hard flooring, toys or furniture
  • Aging teeth can also become more brittle if not properly cared for or sometimes because a life time of microscopic cracks or fissures in the enamel
  • Teeth that already have, even slight, decay are more susceptible to fractures and chipping because softer

What Should You Know

Even chipped or fractured teeth that have no pain, that don’t seem to have affected the dentine, or underlying tooth structure, should be evaluated by a dentist. Soon. Chipping, and especially cracks in enamel near the chipping, can leave the inner, delicate and sensitive parts or a tooth vulnerable. Sharp jagged edges and uneven surfaces can be ideal spots for bacteria to form colonies.

The difference between a chipped tooth and a broken tooth is that a chipped tooth has a very small shard or thin piece of enamel that cracks or splinters off, but does not affect the dentine, cementum or pulp of the tooth. A piece of broken tooth needs saved and an emergency trip to the dentist should follow immediately after recovering the piece of tooth which may still be viable.

Often small chips or fractures may go unnoticed initially. Over time the areas where small chips and fractures occur can worsen. As the crack intensifies it can lead to tooth sensitivity and the nerve may become inflamed and irritated. Your Dentist has a number of remedies for chipped or cracked teeth. From veneers and bonding to sanding out rough spots and repolishing the tooth’s surface have your dentist evaluate the damage and decide what will isolate the cracks and prevent further damage in the future.

If You Already Have A Chip…

If you already have a chip or crack in your tooth, it is important to have a dentist evaluate it as soon as possible to help ensure that future damage can be prevented. proper at home hygiene and a diet rich in proper nutrients can help keep teeth their strongest in between visits.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment now.

Perfecting Perfect Brushing Habits With Kids

Perfect Habits, Perfect Brushing, Perfect Smiles

Teaching kids, when they are young, to develop good brushing habits is time well invested. Removing the biofilm–daily–on teeth and oral surfaces, can lead to a lifetime of benefits, dental health being at the top of that list.

Forming positive habits can be a very natural, easy process with young children. Starting from the time they are infants, small children want to emulate their parents and those around them. Make brushing a family social event. Mom’s and dad’s who brush with their little ones around are sending a positive message that brushing is fun and easy.

Self Esteem Years Down the Road

Studies show people form an opinion about who you are in a matter of minutes and that one of the key factors in that judgment happens to be your smile.  What a valuable gift to help teach your children a lifelong, healthy habit that will continue to benefit them in a multitude of ways. Daily brushing ultimately reduces the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, improves long term overall health, and will ultimately reduce long-range cost associated with dental care, plus healthy, clean teeth just look really great!

Copy-Cats

Mother and daughter baby girl brushing their teeth together

Mother and daughter baby girl brushing their teeth together

For infants and children under two or three, simply let them mirror your behavior while brushing by providing an infant type of soft and safe toothbrushthere are numerous options–no toothpaste is required but if you do use one make sure to use one with no fluoride that is safe for infants and children.

Incentives

Children between three and four who are still working on good brushing habits still benefit from seeing you carry out your daily brushing but they are also easily influenced with a little incentivizing. Consider an extra story at night when they brush on their own. Even simple sticker charts for a week to five days in a row with a small prize at the end. Some ideas that might work in your family could be a sticker collection to add to, matchbox cars, hair ties or clips, special socks with favorite cartoon character, coloring pages or books, small puzzles, even a picking out a balloon when age appropriate and supervision are possible, maybe three minutes of screen time per brush works for your family. Find what works and fits into your family’s routine and natural routines.

Mother And Daughter Putting Star On Reward Chart

Mother And Daughter Putting Star On Reward Chart

Children bigger and older start having more dexterity and can do most of their brushing unassisted while younger kids may need you to follow behind them.  Older kids can also be taught to run their tongue on the surface of teeth to check for spots they missed. Clean teeth should feel slick and smooth with no rough areas.  By kindergarten children can be well on their way to initiating brushing all on their own. Keeping a brushing chart can help with stickers or a pen to add stars or checks when kids complete their morning and nighttime brushing. Though incentives can be helpful, by this age kids are also able to grasp concepts about their health and getting rid of germs that make cavities. Incentives, if needed, may only need implementing for good check-ups.

Keep a Running List of Ideas

These are just ideas intended to help increase brushing compliance in the entire household. Perhaps you will find that it’s helpful to change things up and stay creative. With some fortune you’ve found something useful here or you’re inspired or re-inspired with another tactic to help get brushing to be your kids new favorite habit. It’s worth the effort, the dividend will payout over an entire lifetime.

Twice yearly check-ups go hand in hand with perfect brushing habits and will help keep everyone in the family on track and ready to address problem areas often before decay encroaches. Give us a call today for questions or appointments.

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

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

Clean Teeth: Happy Heart

Clean Teeth: Happy Heart …

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Whole Body Health is influenced by good oral health.

And that’s just the start. Procrastination with your dental care leads to the inevitable; heart disease, liver disease and impaired immune function, and of course, tooth loss. While loosing teeth might be the expected outcome of skipping dental cleanings and regular check-ups the rest of that statement may seem somewhat unexpected even dramatic. However microbial research indicates just that, showing that your overall health is definitely linked to your oral health. Has it been more than six months since your last dental checkup and teeth cleaning? You might be putting yourself at an elevated risk for other, unnecessary, physical ailments.

Science Proves What Has Long Been Suspected

Doctors and dentists alike have long suspected that not only does a mouth full of decay and germs perpetuate further infection, spreading to nearby tissues, but also that those same microbes and bacteria infiltrate the entire body and spread through the bloodstream. Now key research is showing that, in fact even preventative hygiene can introduce bacteria and toxins from bacterial colonies into the blood.

Since the 1900’s research has been studying the potential for systemic infection originating from the mouth. As science has advanced and studies and techniques have become more precise the presumption has gone from being a logical potential to an explicit fact,  the mouth can indeed, be a source of dissemination or distribution of pathogenic organisms to the rest of the body, including vital organs like the heart, lungs, and brain, even the vascular system can suffer specific disease processes that may originate from infection in the oral cavity.

…At Even Higher Risk…

A patient suffering from chronic or severe periodontal disease and who is compromised already–has a malignancy (cancer), diabetes, or an immunosuppressive disease or treatment–will be at an even higher risks for suffering disease processes stemming from the spread of toxins and bacteria that originated in the oral cavity due to an existing periodontal disease or infection.

Why The Overall Impact Becomes So Significant

Dental Plaque

Plaque deposits can harber billions of microorganisms and bacteria even in very small areas.

Every other living tissue inside and outside of the body is constantly growing new cells, and shedding old ones, even bones grow and change density through-out a lifetime. Our Skin, hair and nails, are in a constant state of repair but teeth are made to last a lifetime and do not regenerate from wear or damage. As a result we expect teeth to be more susceptible to wear and tear and ageing, but the often overlooked consequence that bacterial colonies have a permanent surface that they can colonize and cling to indefinitely unless proactive measures are implemented tends to get missed. This means, in short, that in addition to brushing and flossing, regular, routine bi-annual cleanings and annual check-ups should not be skipped over, de-prioritized or neglected. Routine cleanings prevent tartar and calculus build-ups (plaque can generate more than 100,000,000,000 microorganisms per mg!) that are largely responsible for periodontal disease and for the systemic transmission, the spreading of, and cause of oral bactermia throughout the body.

Have more than six months past since your last teeth cleaning? Has it been longer than a year since you had a check-up? You might be putting yourself at an elevated risk for something worse than just a cavity. Call today, better late than never!

The Risks of Mercury Poisoning and Dentistry

Real Risks Associated with Mercury Poisoning and Exposure

Chronic, long term, exposure to trace amounts of mercury can lead to mercury poisoning and buildup

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

Toxic Mercury. one of the metal components of traditional silver fillings

in the body over time; after removing the exposure, it may take months or even years for the body to eliminate excess mercury. Overexposure can lead to kidney damage and/or mercury poisoning, leading to ‘shakes’ (ex: shaky handwriting), irritability, sore gums, increased saliva, metallic taste, loss of appetite, memory loss, personality changes, and brain damage.  Most commonly associated mercury poisoning symptoms can be pain, burning or itching in the skin or even the gums, changes in skin color, loss of memory emotional impairment, even insomnia.

Sources of Mercury Poisoning

Significant sources of mercury poisoning and exposure commonly come from contaminated fish, soil or water with high mercury levels, air pollution (particularly from power plant emissions and coal mines,)  exposure to mercury vapor from dental amalgam fillings, improper disposal of mercury containing products such as fluorescent lights. Less common, but significant, sources of exposure to mercury and mercury poisoning come from cement production, gold and steel production, coal mining, and other industrial operations and waste.

Why Amalgam Fillings Persist

Admittedly mercury amalgam fillings are inexpensive and easy to work with, the ADA has approved them, they are durable and reliable and dentist are familiar with the procedure. Amalgam can last for years, is resistant to corrosion and tolerant to many conditions inside the mouth. Options, in dentistry, to use other materials have been available for several decades still, because of its cost and ease of application, mercury use in dentistry is pervasive with change coming slowly.

Amalgam Filling

Mercury Amalgam Filling

 

Yet more and more states (and some countries) adopt policy to encourage reduction of amalgam fillings and our federal government continues to review and encourage reduction in mercury alloys. The public is becoming ever more educated in the adverse effects of mercury and risks of mercury poisoning, and no reasonable arguments can state that mercury is not a dangerous toxin, the risk to children and infants even greater than the risk posed to adults.

Cummulative Effects of Mercury

Like an iceberg, much of the danger associated with mercury is unseen until the risk has become unavoidable

Like an iceberg, much of the danger associated with mercury is unseen until the risk has become unavoidable

Environmentally the risks of mercury poisoning grows as the population grows.  As bad as mercury may be for one individual the direct correlation can be seen as a domino effect of ever increasing risk of exposure and environmental mercury poisoning. 

Communities routinely face challenges from mercury detected in municipal water supplies, soil and farm lands are testing positive for mercury levels that are concerning and the oceans fish are always exposed to higher and higher levels of mercury. All of which put each of us at an individually increased risk for low, moderate or even high risks of mercury poisoning.

What To Consider

An individual with multiple existing silver fillings (mercury containing, amalgam) will have a higher exposure to toxic mercury than those with few or no amalgam fillings. There are options for reducing individual risks. A trained and qualified dentist can remove the amalgam fillings and with proper instruments, and ventilation equipment, keep your risk and the risk to the environment and dental office at the lowest possible level.

One of the options for amalgam replacement uses and ultraviolet light to "set" the restoration permanently in place

One of the options for amalgam replacement uses and ultraviolet light to “set” the restoration permanently in place

Dr. Marilyn K Jones DDS is qualified and her staff trained to properly and safely eliminate your amalgam fillings and provided safe, long lasting, and strong restorations to your teeth. Please call or contact them today for an appointment.

 

Gold Standard: Implants (Tooth Restoration)

Gold Standard: Implants (Tooth Restoration)

Dental Gold Standard in Restoration

The gold standard in dental tooth restoration, no one denies that implants are a dentist first choice in replacing a missing tooth or even multiple teeth. With clear advantages over bridges, dentures and other restoration options, permanent implants offer unparalleled performance with regards to all facets of oral health. Permanent implants support adjacent teeth, living bone, and help maintain proper tooth alignment, inevitably helping to keep the entire mouth health.

In the world of dental implants there are two classes or types of tooth restoration: Metal and non-metal. Implants initially were metal but with the advent of technological breakthroughs, all ceramic implants have proven to be superior in virtually all regards.  All ceramic dental implants are as strong as their metal counterparts, they are bioinert, resistant to bacterial colonies, there’s no chance of conducting hot or cold, and unlike metal ceramic cannot react to radio waves, microwaves, or electricity. Perhaps most comforting is that ceramic dental implants will never corrode, cause dental tattoos, or leach into your circulatory system or tissue.

What Exactly Are Ceramic Implants Made From

Calling implants ceramic may sound as though they are fragile when the fact is, zirconium ceramic is just about as strong as titanium, one of the worlds hardest metals. In fact zirconium, a man made element, is right next to titanium on the periodic table. Titanium is in fact what zirconium, dental ceramics, is made from. Named zirconium dioxide, the material that makes up a ceramic implant is entirely different material than the metal it is derived from.

z-systems zirconia dental implants

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

Just as you would not call a fist full of rust “iron” or you would not call salt a metal, but Sodium is a metal. Zirconium dioxide is a crystalline version, chemically owning two additional oxygen molecules than its metal cousin.  Thankfully zirconium dioxide is not rust or salt, just a couple of examples on how intricate and intimate the chemistry world is. Small differences in molecular combinations mean the properties of a material can be drastically different from their purest form.

The Rest Of The Story

Though ceramic may seem like a new technology it literally has been in use for decades. Surgeons, have been using ceramics to repair bones, and joints for close to half a century. Often referred to as bioceramics, ceramics used in medical procedures are a type of “advanced ceramic” specifically engineered to be bio-inert or non reactive to the human body.holistic dentist Houston Texas

Zirconium oxide and the bio-ceramics derived from it are unique. In the dental field full ceramic implants mean no longer settling for an aloy your body may eventually attack or reject. No longer resigned to a smile that looks anything but natural with less risk of fractures and splintering.

We have mastered the art of restoring perfect smiles. We have the expertise, training and equipment to safely give you the best care, the Gold Standard.  Call us today.

 

 

Dental Amalgam Alternatives-Time for Change

Changing Times: Amalgam Alternatives On The Rise

Embraced for over 100 years as dentists number one choice for repairing dental cavities and

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

Mercury Amalgam fillings often found in molars and less conspicuous teeth.

decaying teeth, amalgam (silver) fillings are often overlooked as a source of toxic waste. Though controversy has long surrounded the use of such filings (that employ the use of toxic mercury along with other metals to form a soft alloy) the industry has been slow to change.  Primarily reluctance to change can be directly linked to cost versus availability, and durability. Those arguments are quickly losing credibility with the advent of new technology and safer methods.

Increasing Number of Amalgam Alternatives

Initially amalgam alternatives were not suitable for large cavities, were not widely available and sometimes were not as resilient to wear and tear. Today however, besides composite resins, there are several materials available for restoring a tooth with decay. Options that are strong, resilient,

The aesthetic restoration of a lower molar tooth with dental amalgam alternatives.

The aesthetic restoration of a lower molar tooth with dental amalgam alternatives.

beautiful and totally bio-inert, or will not leach toxins, into the body. As education and choices become optimized dentist are gradually using better practices and safer materials to restore teeth.

The U.S. Lagging in Safety Standards

Considering that currently a handful of countries have banned the use of dental amalgam fillings including: Denmark, Sweden and Norway and that countries like Canada, Italy and Australia have all implemented steps to greatly reduce the use of amalgam while 47 other countries have signed an initiative calling for the restriction and eventual prohibition of dental amalgam fillings, the conclusion can be made that dental amalgams time has come and gone.

While not all countries or dentists have committed to getting rid of amalgam entirely there are a growing number of dentists who no longer offer silver filings. Many of whom are trained and equipped to safely remove old silver fillings and replace them with safer, more natural looking and often stronger options.

Dental Amalgam fillings, world wide, are the number one cause linked to toxic mercury found in water supplies. Amalgam fillings have been linked to a number of adverse health conditions from dementia to arthritis and mercury is definitivly known to negatively affect the neurologic system causing birth defects and mental deficiency, especially in children. While amalgam has not yet been banned in the United States there is clear evidence that exposure to the alloy poses a much higher risk than amalgam alternatives, which are primarily bio-inert, options. Proving that mercury alloys and dental amalgam should be avoided altogether.

Our Commitment to Your Health and Safety

At Marilyn K. Jones DDS. we are trained to use special techniques and tools to keep you safe while removing and replacing existing dental amalgam fillings with safer, better alternatives. Please contact our team to set up a consultation and appointment today.