Surgery Improved with Lasers

Surgery Improved with Lasers

Laser surgery in dentistry

Sci-Fi has become reality and lasers are becoming readily utilized in many different medical applications. Dentistry is no exception.  For you, the patient, this means improved healing times, increased accuracy in treated areas, and best of all, reduced pain due to procedures. For dentist it means greater precision, increased patient compliance and ultimately better over all health and better outcomes for patients.

Lasers are not new in dental medicine but their applications are continually expanding.  Lightwalker lasers, used at Dr. Marilyn K. Jones, have been leading the way in advancements for almost five decades, in precision, performance, consistency, and overall perfection.

Dentists have been using special lasers in dental treatments for 4 decades. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. The light from dental lasers can be used to vaporize tissue, cut tissue, harden and enforce a bond between a filler and the remaining tooth, stop bleeding, cut away tissue or aid in whitening teeth. The precision offered with such an advanced laser is unequalled.

Why Lightwalker Lasers are Special

New innovations in surgical lasers are bringing new solutions for patients and doctors. Lasers quickly and painlessly treat a myriad of oral conditions with improved healing, improved accuracy, and less overall invasiveness. Lightwalker Fotona lasers are so accurate and reliable they can be successfully used for very delicate procedures and very specialized procedures. Used to treat some types of decay or cavities, used in gum surgery, hard and soft tissue applications, for treating gum disease and surgical, even for a nonsurgical treatment and throat anomalies — especially those related to sleep apnea. Procedures that once were invasive, with long healing times are now nominally invasive, and have a much faster healing time, with much less trauma to sensitive oral tissue.

The Benefits of our Lightwalker Fotona Dental Lasers for oral laser surgery and other procedures Include:

  • A full range of hard- and soft-tissue treatments
  • Extremely precise hard-tissue cutting and ablation
  • Easy and effective endodontic treatments
  • Little or no bleeding surgical procedures, with simultaneous disinfection
  • Easy-to-select operating modes for greater simplicity
  • Greater patient satisfaction and less operator fatigue
  • Excellent training and support for medical staff
  • Do You Need Oral Surgery or Have Sleep Apnea?

Contact our office and we can schedule you for a quick consultation to see if our surgical dental lasers can treat or help remedy your dental, oral, or sleep apnea related problems.

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Options

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Options

Ceramic Tooth Implants Are Outpacing Traditional Titanium Restorations.

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

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

Why Change To Ceramics?

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

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

Ceramics Enter the Dental Community After Years of Use Medically

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

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

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

Ceramic Restorations Raise the Bar

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

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

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

Sleeping Your Way to a Beautiful Smile

Sleeping Your Way to a Beautiful Smile

Can you sleep your way to a better smile? 

Grandma called it beauty sleep and you shrugged, even rolled your eyes but recent research shows that adequate sleep can hold off and slow down the effects of stress, age and all kinds of wear and tear on the body, even help with weight loss, but did you know it is also one of the greatest factors to having and keeping a beautiful smile? Getting a good night’s rest can do a lot more than preserve your good looks.

Studies can link a relationship of good sleeping habits to better heart health, lower blood pressure, and decreased incidence of diabetes, now add to that list improved gum and mouth health.  To thousands who suffer from periodontal disease, at any stage, that signals good news.

The Link Between Sleep and Oral Health 

Reduce inflammation with adequate sleep to improve oral health and get a beautiful smile.

Reduce inflammation with sleep to improve oral health

The less sleep you get per night relates to the onset of periodontitis–a disease in which deep pockets form between the teeth and gums, leading to loose and shifting teeth, and the destruction of the bone and connective tissue which hold teeth in place.

A study at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine examined over 200 factory workers to assess whether various lifestyle factors (i.e. exercise, diet, stress) had an effect on periodontitis. Throughout the four year-study, researchers used periodontal probes to monitor any changes in the pockets between teeth and gums.

According to the findings, workers who slept seven to eight hours per night were had a lower risk for periodontitis than those who slept less than six hours per night.  In fact, sleep deprivation was the second most influential factor associated with the onset of periodontitis, right behind smoking.

Lack of Sleep and Inflammation

The root of this association is most likely inflammation. Sleep deprivation is a known cause of increased inflammation, which in turn is a risk factor for other serious diseases like heart disease and stroke.

Research at the Emory University School of Medicine found that, when you are sleep deprived, there is an increased production of inflammatory hormones.  One such inflammatory marker, C-reactive protein, was 25% higher in subjects who had less than six hours of sleep per night.

In addition to being a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, inflammation is also a sign of gingivitis, the mild form of gum disease that can lead to periodontitis.

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s not how long, but how well you sleep that counts too.  Even if you get a full eight hours each night, you don’t get the same health benefits if you wake up often.

A few tips for those that have trouble getting a good night’s rest:

Routine: Your body clock wants to adjust to your needs, but it cannot adjust if those needs are always changing. Establishing a routine alerts the body that this is the time you need to go to sleep.

Wind-down without your electronics: Giving yourself time to wind-down before you sleep helps your mind relax. There are many different ways to wind-down, whether it’s reading, yoga, or sipping a cup of hot tea. Just be sure not to use electronics. The latest research shows that artificial light from laptops, TV’s, and iPhones suppress the hormone which regulates sleep, melatonin.

Get up instead of tossing and turning: You want to keep your bedroom associated with sleep rather than being awake. So if you are tossing and turning, get up and do a relaxing activity until you feel tired again. Then try and go back to sleep.

To offset some of the inevitable lack of sleep when things get way too busy and remember to:

Dentistry: Time To Go Natural

These days everyone wants to be a part of the growing trend to go all natural. Marketers have flooded television, newspaper, product names and PR campaigns with a barrage of information insisting that natural is the only way to go. There is a lot of good to come from getting food and personal care products, even home goods that are more natural and less chemicals, less processing and less artificial.

z-systems zirconia dental implants

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

Sometimes there are so many “natural” choices it can be hard to discern what is good and what might not be everything you need it to be. Especially in the world of dentistry. For example, ceramic implants cannot be touted as natural because they are definitely man made. Ceramic implants are made from a scientifically engineered material, derived from a naturally occurring metal ore that is so biologically compatible with the human body that it can pass for natural bone material. Other “natural” remedies, like fluoride can actually be derived from toxic industrial waste then passed off as natural all because a form of fluoride does exist in nature.

There are a variety of unique and healthy ways to utilize natural products to keep your teeth and gums healthy and thriving.  Everything from whitening teeth, remineralizing enamel, preventing cavities, bad breath, gum disease and stopping hypersensitivity can all be enhanced with natural products. Sometimes there are so many available products that it can be difficult to determine where to start and what will the best results.

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

Coconut oil and oil pulling can improve dental health

While things like oil-pulling and coconut oil are obvious, easy options to include in your personal home care we may have other products and information about products that will further allow you to get more chemicals out of your household and body.  Maybe you will start with a natural toothpaste, maybe homemade toothpaste. For additional ideas on natural products and information about the ones you currently use call us, setup an appointment to learn more about how we can take care of your dental needs naturally using the best products and employing bio-compatibility and testing when needed to give you the healthiest, brightest and most natural oral health available.

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.

Exams and Dental X-rays = Best Care

A time for everything…

…Including a regular exam and dental X-rays.

X-rays are for patients who have something wrong (or so you thought), why do dentists need x-rays

It's crazy trying to find time for everything but don't skip dental exams and dental x-rays.

It’s crazy trying to find time for everything but don’t skip dental exams and dental x-rays.

and an exam…when you just want your teeth cleaned. This might be something you thought recently if you called to set up an appointment with your dentist and were informed you are due for dental x-rays and or an exam.

For most patients dentists will want to do a minimum of an annual exam–and depending on the information they have on the condition on your teeth and gums–potentially dental x-rays annually or semi annually. If your dentist is new to you or your last exam was more than one or two years ago–even if you think your teeth are doing great–expect to get a full exam and x-rays. It can seem overwhelming and confusing, especially when it takes up valuable time and adds to the cost of oral care, but it’s too risky to skip, here is why.

The Short Answer

Dentist are able to find abnormalities in teeth and soft tissue and head off problems before they affect long term health.

Dentist are able to find abnormalities in teeth and soft tissue and head off problems before they affect long term health.

Your dentist will be held accountable for missing things that put your health at risk. Cavities, root absorption and gum disease are a big deal and have been linked to other serious disease processes but oral cancer is potentially deadly.

The Rest of The Story

X-rays only take minutes.

  • They are fast, and painless though it may be uncomfortable for a few minutes.
  • Children should get dental X-rays every one to two years.
  • Adults should get dental X-rays each two to three years.
    Dental X-rays are fast and painless.

    Dental X-rays are fast and painless.

X-rays are unmatched for diagnostics:

  • They Show cavities:
    • Between teeth,
    • underneath fillings and other dental work,
    • X-rays also show cavities that are below the gum line.
    • All of which a dentist would not be able to identify without an x-ray.
  • X-rays give the dentist information about teeth that are below the gumline, both for children and adults.  (For example, adults with retained wisdom teeth.)
  • X-rays let your dentist assess jaw position.
    • Jaw position can determine susceptibility to bruxism, TMJ, over and underbites (among other things) that can increase likelihood of fracturing teeth or other long term problems.
  • X-rays tell dentist about progression of gum disease or infection that may not be well evaluated with the naked eye.
  • X-rays also give your dentist an accurate way to assess potential bone loss in the jaw.
    •  Bone loss can happen for several reasons:
      • previous trauma from your youth or more recent.

Oral cancer now kills as many americans as melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In addition to x-rays, during an annual exam your dentist will be looking for physical anomalies in the teeth, gums, tongue and surrounding soft tissues. Anomalies are abnormalities that might signal bigger issues in the mouth, like cancer. Dentist can identify cancerous and precancerous lesions in the mouth and throat, as well as find and assess tiny cracks or fissures in the enamel of teeth that may indicate future problems like a potential for fractured and broken teeth. 

Life just keeps getting busier and busier and having the time and resources to get it all done all the time is tricky. As dentist we want the best for our patients, the best care, the best diagnostics, the healthiest and best smiles.

Make time for your annual check-ups, you’ll never regret the time you’ve spent staying healthy.

Call us today.

 

Oral health hygiene linked to heart disease and oral and throat cancer

Heart Disease Linked to Poor Oral Hygiene

This year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is estimated to claim 600,000 lives.  That, easily, makes heart disease America’s number one killer!
Right now you are wondering why in the heck I am talking to you about heart disease. What could I possibly be thinking, you might even wonder if I hit my head or have heatstroke. After all a Dental Expert spouting off statistics about heart disease is a bit strange. Here’s the surprising thing: It’s not. Did you know that heart disease and poor oral hygiene are linked?

Our mouths are a pathway into our body, the bacteria and viruses that we are exposed to, or that are growing in our mouth, can pass into our bloodstream. That is true particularly when there is significant inflammation and disease in and around our gums.  There can be between 500 and 1000 DIFFERENT types of bacteria in the average mouth.  Every surface in your mouth grows bacteria. Some are beneficial, some are really dangerous. A clean and healthy mouth is likely to have 100,000 to 500,000 bacteria swimming around, a mouth that is not well taken care of, a dirty mouth, it can have over a million bacteria just hanging out causing inflammation and gingivitis and rot.

What we know definitively is that the more bacteria you have in your mouth the higher the likelihood you are going to have more bad bacteria than good ones. We also know that bacteria in the bloodstream can stick to heart valves as well as cause blood clots. Bacteria sticking to heart valves can damage and even destroy the valves. Additionally the bacteria in the bloodstream can attach to the walls of blood vessels increasing the chance to create clots.


Cancer and Oral Hygiene

There are undisputed and definitive links between throat cancer and oral health and hygiene.  In one study patients who rated their oral health as “poor” were at an over all at a higher risk for testing positive for precancerous cells.  Cells that can eventually lead to cancer.  It’s already known that poor oral hygiene is tied to a heightened risk of oropharyngeal cancer. With just under 12,000 cases of oropharyngeal cancer that occur among Americans each year, it’s a safe assumption that if you could drastically reduce your risk with good oral hygiene you would.


Prevention

Your Healthy Mouth Keeps the Rest of You Healthy.

Science hasn’t yet answered all the questions about how the health of our mouth will and can affect our overall health, but as a medical professional I feel compelled to advocate and educate so that we can each make choices that give the biggest positive impact to our bodies.

It’s Prevention Medicine at its Best!

Good habits of brushing and flossing might be the most basic route to reduce these risks.  Two simple things, yet fundamental, that get rid of bacteria trying to stick to the surfaces in our mouth, eventually forming plaque.  Every time you skip brushing or flossing you give bacteria a better environment to grow in and for plaque.  Plaque that can cause inflammation, inflammation that is believed to be linked to the root of other serious health issues.

Eat a healthy diet and stay away from excess sugar and starchy carbs as these feed the bacteria the sugars they need to thrive. All kinds of things we eat can impact how clean and healthy our mouths stay here are some great tips on foods that are especially good.

As always if you have questions we would love to hear schedule a visit or a consultation and help you get the healthiest mouth possible.

 

Oil Pulling – A New Approach to Removing Oral Toxins

Oil Pulling – A New Approach to Removing Oral Toxins

A simple practice known as ‘oil pulling’ may be one of the very best ways to prevent or treat mouth and gum disease. It has been a popular and practical exercise of Ayurvedic medicine for ages and was more recently introduced to Western cultures by a Dr. F. Karach, M.D. in the early 90s. Karach advocated oil pulling due to the results he detailed in the treatment of a variety of of illnesses including everything from migraine headaches and bronchitis, to gum disease, leukemia and heart disease – just to name a few.

A 2009 study conducted by researchers Asokan, Emmadi, Chamundeswari seemed to back up earlier claims and highlight the effectiveness of oil pulling on the treatment of gum disease. This trial involved swishing sesame oil to test it against plaque-induced gingivitis in 20 test subjects, and to compare its efficacy with chlorhexidine mouthwash. Results concluded that there was a significant reduction in “… the plaque index, modified gingival scores and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.”

How oil pulling works

Longtime practitioners of oil pulling recommend using sesame, safflower, sunflower or vegetable oil but recently the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties of coconut oil has made it the preferred go-to oil to use. Practicing oil pulling is a simple process that starts with swishing a tablespoon of your preferred oil back, forth and around the mouth and teeth for anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes –followed by a thorough rinse and routine brushing. By adopting this practice into your oral care routine – and doing it first thing in the morning, you may begin to reap some of the benefits including:

• Healthier gums
• Whiter teeth
• A significant reduction of plaque and tartar
• Fresher breath

Killing bacteria with oil pulling

At any given moment, the human mouth contains an assortment of active microbes, with bacteria being the most prolific. Experts estimate that more than 100 million microbes thrive in every milliliter of saliva – containing upwards of 600 different species of bacteria — some beneficial, others harmful. Without following a regime of proper oral hygiene, the nastier bacteria will eventually collect and form a sticky film on teeth and tongue. Left untreated plaque and other bacteria can flow into the digestive tract and potentially cause, or aggravate, a wide variety of chronic health issues.

The enzymes naturally found in food grade oils are thought to help pull toxins, pus and mucus away from not only teeth, gums and tongue, but also from the body’s cells, blood and digestive tract. Ayurveda suggests that oil pulling works by purifying, cleansing and detoxifying the entire system by removing harmful toxins. In Ayurveda each section of the human tongue is connected to corresponding vital organs of the body such as lungs, kidneys, stomach, colon, liver, spine, heart and small intestines. By keeping the teeth and tongue free of toxic buildup through the practice of oil pulling, you’re actually helping to keep the whole body healthy.

Conclusion

Proper dental hygiene is not only important for oral health, it is essential to all aspects of wellness. Adding oil pulling to already established oral care techniques including brushing and flossing and avoiding sugars and processed foods, it is even more possible to maintain a healthier mouth and body.

More Information:

http://www.jaim.in/article.asp?issn=0975-9476;year=2011;volume=2;issue=2;spage=64;epage=68;aulast=Singh#ref19

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/12/08/coconut-oil-combats-tooth-decay.aspx
http://www.oilpulling.com/
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
http://hubpages.com/hub/Health_Benefits_of_Oil_Pulling_
http://www.homemadebodycleanse.com/cleanse-recipes/sunflower-oil-pull.htm
http://www.jonbarron.org/article/oil-pulling-detoxing

And — How Coconut Oil Can Be Used As A Mouthwash (VIDEO)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/coconut-oil-mouthwash-video_n_2375038.html

Resources: Asokan S, Emmadi P, Chamundeswari R. – Effect of oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis: A randomized, controlled, triple-blind study. Indian J Dent Res 2009;20:47-51.

 

Improving oral health with coconut oil

Is Coconut Oil One of Nature’s Miracles?

Studies from all across the globe have long demonstrated that coconut oil has the ability to strengthen the immune system – primarily due to antimicrobial lipids such as lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid that make up its complex structure. These antimicrobial aspects have long proven antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties which, when digested by the human body, is converted into lauric acid into monolaurin – both of which help to fight off viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and – possibly even HIV.

The latest research confirms longstanding beliefs about the benefits of coconut oil

More recently The Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Ireland tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil both in its natural state and treated with enzymes (to mimic the actions of digestion). Both versions of the oil were then tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria (bacteria commonly found of the mouth). Results of these tests indicated that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibited the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans – recognized as a chief cause of tooth decay. They also found that enzyme-modified coconut oil was is an excellent treatment for the yeast Candida albicans, which can cause thrush.

Correcting false assumptions about fatty acids

Coconut oil has been used in tropical countries for eons, where it has been most available due to climate particularly India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines. The oil was also once popular in the United States until the 1970s when the corn oil and soy oil industry launched a strategic campaign against coconut oil calling it ‘harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content’ (a claim which has more recently been shot down thanks to a modern understanding about saturated fats. In fact, the saturated fats found in coconut actually help to increase the rate of metabolism in the body, aiding in weight loss, increasing the level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoproteins) and lowering the level of bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoproteins).

Coconut oil is also known to improve the ability of the body to absorb important nutrients and minerals including calcium and magnesium – necessary elements for development of and support of healthy bones. And, since calcium is an important element present in teeth using coconut oil helps in to support strong teeth and stops tooth decay.

Creating a new market for healthy coconut oil uses

Although many people may have been aware of the benefits of coconut oil for quite some time the AIT researcher’s findings now suggest that enzyme-modified coconut oil could find its way into the marketplace in exciting news ways — specifically for use as an effective commercial antimicrobial for use in the dental health field.

This study also adds to the understanding of antibacterial activity in the human gut. “Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonize the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health,” explained Dr. Brady. “Our research has shown that digested milk protein not only reduced the adherence of harmful bacteria to human intestinal cells but also prevented some of them from gaining entrance into the cell. We are currently researching coconut oil and other enzyme-modified foodstuffs to identify how they interfere with the way bacteria cause illness and disease,” he said.

AIT’s next step will be to determine exactly how coconut oil interacts with Streptococcus bacteria at the molecular level and examine additional strains of harmful bacteria and yeasts it may help to combat.

Resources:

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil — http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/

Coconut Oil Could Combat Tooth Decay – ScienceDaily – Aug. 30, 2012 http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120902222459.htm

The Coconut Research Center – http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

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