Titanium in Dental Implants and Potential Health Risk

Titanium in Dental Implants and Potential Health Risk

The History of Metal Dental Implants

Metal dental implants were originally made out of commercially pure titanium or titanium alloy, providing the only option for implant tooth restoration for many years.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.

Titanium Dental Implants Pose Serious Health Risks to the Allergy Sensitive

Titanium Dental Implants Pose Serious Health Risks to the Allergy Sensitive

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.

A Natural Way to Prevent – and Reverse Gum Disease

Gum disease – also known as periodontitis – is a chronic bacterial infection that essentially destroys the soft tissue and surrounding bone structures that otherwise help to support healthy teeth. This unfortunate scenario happens as the bacteria binds with food particles to form a sticky, colorless plaque on the teeth. If the plaque is not brushed away it can build up and lead to more serious forms of gum disease. While the first line of defense against all gum disease is, of course – regular check-ups with your dentist, decades of research studies suggest that the fight against periodontitis can actually begin at home, in the form of a nutritional supplement called Coenzyme Q10 or ‘ubiquinone’.

Stage One – Gingivitis

Gingivitis is considered to be the mildest and earliest form of gum disease. Left untreated it can cause the gums to become red, swollen and to bleed easily. Although there may be little or no discomfort at this point, it is important to treat these early symptoms because as gingivitis progresses, it can lead to periodontitis or periodontal disease – the more advanced form of gum disease.

Stage Two – Periodontal Disease

At this point the build-up of bacteria begins to form a deep inflammation within the supporting tissues of the teeth. This stage of gum infection can lead to normally benign mouth bacteria multiplying out of control and spreading throughout the body – where it can cause or compound other chronic health issues.

Who is affected by gum disease?

As much as 90 percent of all Americans will be affected by gum disease during their lifetimes, and fully a quarter of those will lose their teeth to advanced forms of periodontal disease by the age of 60. Warning signs include swollen, tender and bleeding gums transforming into chronic bad breath, loose and shifting teeth, and then pus-filled buildup between teeth and gums as the disease takes hold. And then it gets even worse as sensitive gums recede away from the teeth, this eventually leading to total tooth failure: or tooth loss.

How can we guard against gum disease?

Naturally, the first line of defense against all forms of gum disease is proper dental hygiene which includes brushing twice daily, flossing once a day and routine professional cleanings. Proper nutrition is also vital to oral health. Supplements and nutrients that are known to work to boost the immune system, help build collagen in the periodontal ligaments, and decrease inflammation can help stop gum disease before it gets started – and help to heal gum disease. One of the most researched and highly recommended supplements for fighting gum disease is CoQ-10.

COQ-10 Studies – the proof is in the results

Clinical studies conducted since the mid 1970’s have shown that people with gum disease tend to have low levels of CoQ-10 in their gums. A few studies found that CoQ-10 supplements led to faster healing and tissue repair – primarily by boosting the immune system and supporting the body’s natural ability to fight off pathogens. In one of the more interesting studies 24 patients suffering from severe periodontal disease that did not respond to extensive flossing and brushing were selected for study. About a dozen of those subjects received 50 mg of CoQ-10, while the others received placeboes. The majority of CoQ- 10 patients showed dramatic improvement while only about a quarter of the placebo recipients showed minor improvement. Interestingly, a full quarter of the CoQ-10 patients were completely healed of gum disease in as little as eight weeks. Later studies conducted in Japan confirmed that 60 mg a day of CoQ-10 could improve diseased gums overall.

The benefits of CoQ-10 go beyond oral health

The human body requires CoQ-10 to generate energy. This energy takes the form of adenosine triphosphate molecules, or ATP. ATP works like a rechargeable battery helping to transfer of energy from cell to cell. People who suffer from gum disease require sufficient energy for the healing and repair of gum tissues, which naturally necessitates sufficient amounts of CoQ-10. CoQ-10 is not only important to anyone interested in stopping and/or reversing gum disease, this nutrient is so essential to the proper functioning of every cell in the body that a deficiency of CoQ-10 has been linked to a number of chronic diseases including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Migraines
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s

Periodontal disease has also been associated with many of these same chronic illnesses and in particular; heart disease, type 2 diabetes and respiratory disease as well as problems in conception and pregnancy.

Finding the right CoQ-10 for you

Small amounts of CoQ-10 can be found in foods, primarily meat and fish with the greatest amounts found in organ meats like heart, liver and kidneys. It is also found in beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel and peanuts. As a supplement, coenzyme Q10 is available in numerous forms such as soft gel and hard shell capsules as well as mouth rinses and oral sprays. But before you rush out to buy a bottle at your local health food store, you might want to consider that a new and likely superior form of CoQ-10 called Ubiquinol is now available. This type of CoQ-10 makes the benefits of this important supplement even more readily available to the body, particularly in adults.

The CoQ-10 found in most supplements is called ‘ubiquinone’. In order to produce cellular energy, the body must convert the ubiquinone to ubiquinol. It is the ubiquinol that carries electrons through the mitochondria to produce vital energy to the cells. By and large younger, healthy people can easily convert CoQ-10 to ubiquinol. But as people age – or when chronic illness is present, a person’s ability to convert CoQ-10 to ubiquinol is limited. This decreased ability becomes more apparent the closer we get to age 40, although some researchers suggest that it may begin in the early to mid-20s. Therefore, most experts recommend that healthy individuals under the age of 25, who can easily convert standard CoQ-10 to ubiquinol, take the conventional form of CoQ-10 – everyone over the age of 25 will likely benefit more from the properties of CoQ-10 by using Ubiquinol.

More information:

Ubiquinol – A More Advanced Form of the Energy-Producing Nutrient CoQ-10 

University of Maryland Medical Center: Coenzyme Q10 

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments 

MedlinePlus: Coenzyme Q-10 

“Indian Journal of Pharmacology”: Role of Coenzyme Q10 as an Antioxidant and Bioenergizer in Periodontal Diseases; Shobha Prakash, et al.; December 2010 

Fluoride is bad enough, but combined with aluminum – a highly toxic combination

Fluoride has been dumped into most U.S. municipal water systems since the 1940’s –
well before anyone thought to conduct clinical trials to determine potential health and environmental hazards associated with such a practice.

Declared as “safe and effective” by U.S. government officials, and somehow necessary to the long term dental health of Americans, it was originally introduced as a means of curbing tooth decay. At that time essentially no dental or food product contained fluoride (toothpastes, mouth rinses and gels) – so exposure was likely much less than it is today.

Since that time a myriad of fluoride laced dental products have hit the market, that fact combined with processed foods made with fluoridated water, fluoride-containing pesticides, bottled beverages, fluorinated pharmaceuticals, Teflon pans and mechanically deboned chicken – exposure to fluoride has increased alarmingly. But the concern for overexposure to fluoride becomes even more disturbing when you consider that a companion element in most of the above mentioned products is aluminum – and aluminum combined with fluoride creates an extremely damaging byproduct – to the human body directly and particularly to the immune system.

Back in 1976, a Dr. D. Allman from Indiana University School of Medicine conducted an experiment that involved feeding animals 1 part-per-million (ppm) fluoride. He found that in the presence of aluminum, (as little as 20 parts per billion), “… fluoride is able to cause an even larger increase in cyclic AMP levels. Cyclic AMP inhibits the migration rate of white blood cells, as well as the ability of the white blood cell to destroy pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms.” The fact that fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses are now packaged in aluminum only emphasizes the adverse effect on the human body. Concerns become even more apparent when you consider that fluoride used in the water fluoridation process is a direct byproduct of aluminum production.

Research confirms earlier studies pointing to a toxic connection when combined with aluminum

The increased rate of fluoride sources in the modern diet has exacerbated human exposure creating an extremely harmful mix, resulting in a dramatic increase in dental fluorosis (a to

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oth defect caused by excess fluoride intake), for one thing. In the mid-90s researcher Mullenix discovered that rats treated with low doses of fluoride caused – at the very least – behavioral aberrations and hyperactivity. These and other effects were confirmed in 2001 when another study combining sodium fluoride with drinking water produced both behavioral and dental toxicities as well as suppression of spontaneous motor activity.

Things began to get really scary in 1998 when Julie A. Varner conducted a study at the Psychology Department of Binghamton University (NY) that clearly defined growing number of neurotoxic effects is enhanced by the synergetic action of fluoride combined with aluminum. Varner describes “alterations in the nervous system resulting from chronic administration of the fluoroaluminum complex or equivalent levels of fluoride in the form of sodium-fluoride. The rats were given fluoride in drinking water at the same level deemed “optimal” by pro-fluoridation groups (1 part per million). Most pronounced damage was seen in animals that got the fluoride in conjunction with aluminum. The pathological changes found in the brain tissue of the animals were similar to the alterations found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The authors speculate that fluoride enables aluminum to cross the blood-brain barrier. These results are especially disturbing because of the low dose level of fluoride that shows the toxic effect in rats – rats are more resistant to fluoride than humans.”

And finally, a Czechoslovakian study underscores the idea that aluminum may very likely act synergistically with fluoride in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This study demonstrated that some of pathologic changes associated with Alzheimer’s are not induced by aluminum alone, but by the aluminofluoride complexes. ” these complexes may act as the initial signal stimulating impairment of homeostasis, degeneration and death of the cells. By influencing energy metabolism these complexes can accelerate the aging and impair the functions of the nervous system. In respect to the etiology of AD, the long term action of aluminofluoride complexes may represent a serious and powerful risk factor for the development of AD,” the authors conclude.

What exactly is fluoride?

Fluoride is a byproduct of the aluminum and fertilizer industries and contrary to what we want to believe, the chemicals used to fluoridate the water are not pharmaceutical grade – rather they are a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. In fact, this substance is recognized as being so toxic that it is against the law for the general public to leak this combination of chemicals into natural waterways or to release the parent gases into the atmosphere.

According to a report released by the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), “This product, along with its salt form used in 91 percent of the fluoridation schemes, contains numerous contaminants, including arsenic and lead, which have never been factored in to any risk assessment.” If you look up the descriptions for fluoride you will likely run across references that recognize it as a ‘lethal poison’ and as a substance used extensively as an insecticide and rodent poison.

Steering clear of fluoride and aluminum products

The automatic fluoridation of public water systems combined with the resulting contamination of processed foods, is enough to cause not only concern but make a person wonder how you can avoid the stuff to begin with. It is helpful to know that most fresh foods and fresh water contain only small amounts of fluoride. It is also possible to remove fluoride and other contaminants from drinking water using a filtration system. Wherever possible, drinking spring water and only buying unprocessed fruit, vegetables, grains, as well as dairy and meat products will also help. Exceptions would include seafood, tea and fresh produce that are sprayed with fluoride pesticides.

And the bottom line would be to avoid dental products that contain fluoride as well as those that are packaged in aluminum containers. Also, eliminating the practice of preparing food in aluminum or Teflon cookware should help cut back exposure. Ultimately, buying locally grown food from trusted sources and reading labels will help you to avoid unintended fluoride consumption – thereby protecting you and your family from the harmful effects of combined fluoride and aluminum.

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How Are Holistic Dentists Different From Traditional Dentists?

Dr. Marilyn JonesBefore we can get into depth on the differences, I think its important to look at what the word holistic really means. The word holistic is not a reflection of the practices and techniques used by the dentist, but of an overall philosophy of the role of oral care. The word itself comes from “wholistic” meaning the whole.  Truly holistic dentists will educate patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health.

All dentists to some extent see the importance of the mouth in the overall health of an individual. For instance, 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. Hence the reason the field of holistic dentistry was formed.

Truly holistic dentists are dentists who perform dentistry that is good for the body as well as the teeth and gums.

There are dentists who call themselves holistic (for marketing or differentiation reasons) but the only thing holistic about them is that they don’t place mercury fillings. On the flip-side, there are conventional dentist who perform complex, comprehensive dentistry that involves more than the teeth and gums it involves the face, head, neck. the whole body hence the “wholistic” nature of what they do, yet they don’t call themselves holistic. To say that a dentist is one or the other is not always accurate.

Dr. Marilyn Jones has placed an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. But what does this mean? What are the nuts and bolts of the differences between truly holistic dental practices and more traditional dental practices? What are the topical differences? The Issues

When most people think of holistic and natural dentistry, they think of mercury fillings. But there are many more issues that divide most traditional and holistic dental practices. (Please keep in mind that many traditional dentists practice under the philosophies of the holistic side and vice-verse. This is why labels don’t work. But for simplicity’s sake, I’ve divided the issues below.)

Mercury Fillings: Traditional dentistry espouses the longevity of mercury amalgam fillings and the fact that insurance will typically cover the cost of placement. They will also point to the ADA and FDA’s statements that the mercury in the fillings is stabilized and safe, leaking only tiny amounts of mercury. They are also typically easier for the dentist to place than composite fillings.

Holistic dentists understand that mercury is a toxin and even small amounts are too great a risk to the body and your overall health. While amalgam fillings last longer than composites, they put extreme pressure on the tooth and often cause weakening of the tooth meaning that the filling may outlast the tooth it was placed in. Truly holistic dentists do not place mercury and meet or exceed safety guidelines for removal.

Root Canals (or Root Canal Therapy): Most traditional dentists will recommend root canal therapy as a means to save a tooth that has suffered severe decay and has already or will soon die completely. They argue that the procedure has been done for centuries and has been proven safe and effective as a means to keep a natural tooth.

Holistic dentists point to the research that says root canal therapy cannot be effective unless the canal is 100% sterilized and cleaned of bacteria, and the repeated studies have shown that it is 100% impossible to completely sterilize the canal. They also argue that the chemicals used for sterilization are toxic (formaldehyde is one such chemical) and that the bacteria left in the canal can lead to adverse health affects down the road, including breast cancer, heart disease, and more. Holistic dentists typically do not recommend root canals.

Fluoride: Traditional dentists are in favor of using fluoride in both a topical and ingested form. They argue in favor of fluoridating water supplies and recommend fluoride drops for infants. They point to research showing a decrease in cavity rates in areas where the water is fluoridated.

Holistic dentists typically argue against any form of ingested fluoride, arguing that research has linked ingested fluoride to cancer and various bone problems while other research has shown no benefit to the teeth from ingested fluoride. They also argue that too much fluoride can cause fluorosis and that fluoridating public water supplies is forced medication of the general public. Some holistic dentists are for topical fluoride and some are against it.

Bio-compatibility of Dental Materials: Most traditional dentists don’t believe in bio-compatibility testing and will not test you to see if the materials they use will cause a reaction when placed in your body. Most traditional dentists do not explain the differences between different composite filling materials nor do they give you a choice on which materials will be used for your cavity.

Holistic dentists believe that what goes into your mouth can affect your entire body and many have on-site equipment to test for bio-compatibility of the materials they use. Most holistic dentists use a variety of different composite filling materials as well as different materials for other procedures (bridges, crowns, etc.).

Summarizing the Differences: The above is a partial, topical list of some of the philosophical differences between traditional and holistic dentists. The fact remains that many traditional dentists will fall onto the side of holistic dentists in the above instances, and vice-verse. The differences between the two aren’t necessarily topical in nature (although topical differences are easy for us to understand, and easy to pinpoint, so they make a tidy way to differentiate).

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 reoccurring) while ensuring the work done in the mouth does not have an adverse affect on your overall health.

So How Do You Know Which to Choose? So, if the differences are philosophical how do you find a dentist that’s right for you and a dentist whose philosophies match your own? Ask good questions! Ask questions such as “How do you determine which type of filling is right for me? “ and ” If I get cavities in one area of my mouth, can you tell me why?” If you want a truly holistic dentist, their answers will revolve around your entire body and he/she will discuss the role your oral health plays in your overall health. If you want a traditional dentist, look for answers that talk more about the topical symptoms and ask questions about cost/benefit and insurance coverage.

You always have the right to ask questions and know what’s going on. You never have to implicitly trust your dentist. While most dentists are good people who want to look out for your best interests, the fact remains that no two people have the same best interests and there are alternatives out there. Its more than just your right to ask questions of your medical and dental advisers, it’s your duty. It is, after all, YOUR health we are talking about.

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

 

 

About Wholistic Dental Associates

Wholistic Dental Associates is 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 reoccurring) 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 at Wholistic Dental Associates educate our patients on the importance of overall health and how dentistry can play a role in the overall health. We put emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry.

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

 

 

Are you looking for a friendly and well qualified dentist?

There are many beautiful areas in the city of Houston, but there is none that surpass the aura of the galleria area. The galleria area of Houston is home to the Galleria mall which is the largest mall in Texas. Along with having world class shopping at your disposal, there are hundreds of fantastic restaurants that light up the area surrounding the mall. The galleria area is known to have the best clothes, food, and facilities provided to the people in that area. Finding a dentist in the galleria area is a piece of cake, but finding the right dentist may take a little more work. You want a dentist that is close to the area without being too deep in the heart of all the action. Going to the dentist should be a calm, undisturbed process and not jumbled up with all the action of the city while trying to get your teeth looked at.

Not too far away from the Galleria, away from the entire ruckus, is Dr. Marilyn K Jones office. She has been a very well established dentist in this area for quite a lot of years, and has the experience under her belt that young dentists envy. Being in the galleria area means you deserve the best of everything, and anything. People looking for a dentist in this area should expect nothing short of the best. Dr. Jones is better than all the others in her way, making her the best of Houston.

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

 

 

Teeth Whitening Tips

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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.

 

 

Importance Of Regular Dental Checkups

dental-checkupHow Important Are Regular Dental Checkups?

Living in Houston there is probably not one person you know that doesn’t own a motor vehicle. Cars are literally the only form of transportation in this big city. A person without a car is completely stranded, not being able to go about their daily activities such as: work, school, shopping, and eating. If your car were to break down one fine day, would you be upset or what? That is the exact reason people have their cars checked almost every month when they go in for an oil change, to make sure everything is fine and smooth. That is why we go in to see our family physician periodically to make sure that our bodies are functioning in the right manner. And that is the exact reason the importance of regular dental checkups in imminent.

Just like how our cars and bodies need to be checked for anything wrong or irregular, our teeth need to be checked in the same. There is no doubt that most of you take care of your teeth very competently, but there are some of you who don’t even do that. Statistics show that up to 25% of Americans have bad breath and a great percentage of that 25% actually take care of their teeth on a regular basis. But taking of your teeth yourself just doesn’t cut it. Tons of things have to be done yearly to your teeth to make sure that you are good and healthy with nothing to worry about. The regular cleaning of teeth should be done at least 1-2 times per year. This is the cleaning besides the two times a day you are supposed to brush your teeth. Simple brushing of the teeth does not have the same effect as when you professionally have your teeth cleaned to remove all the plaque that is caught up around the teeth.

Don’t fall victim to bad habits by not coming and getting your routine dental checkup. With the great staff that Dr. Marilyn K Jones has at her office you will feel right at home. Dr. Jones is one of the top dentists in the Houston area and has an immaculate track record in the health field to support her cause of making sure that you have the best and healthiest teeth possible. Regular checkups are very important for the well-being of your teeth, pick up the phone and call Dr. Jones office to know for yourself.

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

 

 

Tips For Healthy Teeth

Great Tips For Keeping Your Teeth Healthyhappy tooth

Ever since we were young we have been taught that we need to brush, floss, and mouthwash to make sure to keep our teeth healthy. These three basic things are so common that we tend to even forget about their existence at times. Not paying attention to what we are doing and how we are doing it will eventually lead to our teeth not looking the way they used to. The last that thing that you want from your teeth to look like are dark yellow. The last thing that you want to go the dentist office for is a cavity. And the last type of disease that you want to have is a disease in your mouth. Keeping your teeth healthy is something that should be taken seriously and not fooled around with.

Discussed here are some tips for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile:

  • Brushing: We know that we all have to brush twice a day, but whether you are brushing the appropriate way or not is what makes the difference in your teeth being healthy or not. Always take your time when brushing your teeth; rushing is just as bad as not having brushed at all. Use bristles that are comfortable for your teeth and gums. Use the proper motion of actually brushing on your teeth by going forwards and backwards while not forgetting to brush the insides of your teeth as well.
  • Flossing: This probably the most overlooked aspect of keeping teeth healthy. People tend to dismiss flossing from their teeth cleaning routine because they feel it doesn’t do much, when in reality flossing helps reach the spot in between the teeth that a toothbrush could never reach. It helps remove all the plaque in between the teeth and surrounding the gum lining. Make sure to floss daily to ensure your teeth can be as healthy as possible.
  • Mouthwash: Though not as important as the other two methods to keep a set of healthy teeth, this is a very good way to make sure that you are keeping your teeth healthy. People that regularly mouthwash are much less likely to get gingivitis and excessive plaque. On average, people should mouthwash twice a day to make sure they are doing all they can to keep their teeth healthy and bright.

Having experience in the dental field and knowing the importance of having clean, healthy teeth is what Dr. Marilyn K Jones has been about ever since she received dental degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jones has been a great student of health throughout her life, and knows what is needed to keep a person healthy and their teeth happy.

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