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An Introduction to Dental Veneers

If you don’t know much about dental veneers, you can’t make an informed decision about whether they’re right for you or not. Your dentist can tell you everything you need to know about these quick and painless little pieces that can make a huge difference in your overall appearance, but it’s understandable if you want to have some background knowledge before you talk to your dentist.

Here’s a quick primer for you.

 

Understanding Dental Veneers

porcelain veneers

Veneers are hand-crafted, custom-made thin sheets of ceramic or porcelain that are carefully shaped to precisely fit on the front surfaces of your most visible teeth. When properly put in by an experienced dental professional, they look perfectly natural because some light is reflected away while some passes through — just like with natural teeth. Covering discolorations as well as minor chips, cracks and other problems is possible, and dentists do these kinds of things with veneers every day.

Essentially, dental veneers are a nearly instant fix for tooth imperfections and even some orthodontic issues.

 

Just Two Office Visits

Perhaps the best thing about dental veneers is that they can be arranged and installed painlessly in just two quick and simple visits to the dental office. It all starts, of course, with a talk with the dentist to make sure that veneers can do the job for you. Then, you work with the dental office professionals to determine just how things should be. An impression is taken, then the veneers are custom-designed for you. Since etching your natural teeth is necessary to make the adhesive stick, you may be fitted with temporary veneers while you wait for your permanent ones.

When the permanent veneers are ready, you return to the dental office to have them professionally installed. That’s all there is to it. The veneers will last for years with minimal care and professional monitoring.

If you live in San Diego, and would like a consultation about dental veneers, visit: http://brightondentalsd.com

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Need Braces? You Really Need To Take Some Kind Of Action!

Please understand that if you’re looking into orthodontic treatment, there are alternatives to traditional braces, including veneers in limited cases where the alignment issue isn’t significant. Plus, there are modern Invisalign plastic aligners. But understand this too: if you need orthodontic treatment and don’t get it, there can be serious consequences.

Braces and their alternatives do more than just make your teeth look better. They improve function, prevent jaw problems in some cases and allow you to chew more effectively. They also improve teeth spacing, and this can prevent gum disease and other periodontal issues.

While veneers only cover up problems, both braces and Invisalign cost about the same and deliver the same results: straight, healthy teeth you’ll enjoy showing off.

before and after bracesBut we can’t stress enough that action is preferable to inaction.

There are potentially a lifetime of health consequences when you don’t get braces or something else to correct your teeth spacing and alignment issues. Orthodontic issues can get worse and worse as time goes on, and that can lead to worsening oral health problems — and potentially problems that can’t be corrected at all.

Metal braces usually cost between $3,500 to $6,000. Invisalign costs roughly the same amount for the same person and level of treatment. When confronted with those numbers, most people choose Invisalign, but old-fashioned braces still do the job.

Keep in mind that health insurance may cover a portion of the treatment cost for people who are under age 18. It may also be possible for anyone to purchase supplemental coverage that will help reduce the cost of orthodontic treatment at some practices.

When you carefully consider the alternatives, you’ll see that there’s an affordable way to get the braces you need or one of the alternatives to braces. When faced with the costs involved in a lifetime of dental health issues, the relatively low cost seems even more reasonable.

San Diego residents looking for Cosmetic dental solutions & braces, visit:

http://sandiegocosmeticdentists.org/

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Best Holistic Dentist San Diego Has Offers 30 Years Experience And Life Plan

Dentist, Dr. Daniel Vinograd

 

The best San Diego dentist brings more than 30 years of experience to his patients and offers something unique: a six-point life plan designed to help you get healthy and stay that way. Dr. Daniel Vinograd believes in systemic health and overall wellbeing and offers his patients and the world this series of six life principles:

 

  1. Eat correctly. For Dr. Vinograd and for you, too, that means eating lower quantities of processed foods and greater quantities of yogurts and other cultured foods. Also, the dentist promotes eating a lot of protein and getting necessary vitamins and mineral from juicing fruits and veggies.
  2. Make your healthcare pros answer questions. There’s no reason to accept the advice of a dentist or doctor just because he or she claims to be an expert. Ask questions and require answers before agreeing to anything.
  3. Choose biocompatible, holistic dentistry for overall health. You shouldn’t have anything put into your body that isn’t compatible with the essence of what humans are. That means no mercury filling and avoidance of metal dental work unless absolutely necessary. Fluoride and toxic chemicals are a no-no too.
  4. Clean your teeth and mouth with ozonated water. Since mouth bacteria can’t live in the presence of oxygen, it make sense to introduce as much oxygen as possible into the mouth to kill more bacteria.
  5. Understand that everything is linked. Good dental health is associated with good overall health. To understand the link, talk to Dr. Vinograd and study up for yourself.
  6. Be a spiritual person. It doesn’t matter what kind of spirituality you practice, but being spiritual enhances overall health. It’s as simple as that.

 

When you practice these six life principles as prescribed by the best Dentist San Diego has within its city limits, you’ll have a healthier mouth and a better life too.

 

If you live in the San Diego area, visit Brighton Dental San Diego for a full list of services, or Call (619) 630-7174 for a free consultation with Dr. .

 

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Could Good Oral Hygiene Prevent Cancer?

Human body with cancer cells spreading and growingYou knew brushing and flossing could prevent cavities, bad breath and gum disease.  Perhaps you even knew that good oral hygiene could reduce your risk of heart disease.  But did you know that these habits could also reduce your risk of cancer?

Research conducted by a team from Hebrew University’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine discovered that an oral bacteria known as Fusobacterium nucleatum impairs the ability of the immune system to fight cancer.

Dr. Ofer Mandelboim and Dr. Gilad Bachrach, co-authors of the study, found that when the bacteria encountered colon cancer cells, the cancer cells were better able to defend themselves against TIGIT, a specific type of immune cell that has recently been discovered to block the spread of cancer.

Nucleatum is associated with a variety of ill effects, including premature birth, stillbirth and heart disease.  The US National Institute of Health reports a case of a woman who had gingivitis associated with pregnancy.  She developed a respiratory infection and her baby was stillborn.  It is suspected that the respiratory infection weakened her immune system enough that the bacteria was able to enter her bloodstream and migrate to her uterus, affecting her unborn child.

The question arises, how does the bacteria migrate from the mouth to the uterus, heart, colon, or other organs?  The bacteria enters the bloodstream through pockets in the gums caused by gingivitis.

The bacteria’s record made it a logical focus for studying its effects on cancer after the researchers found the bacteria in human colorectal cancer cells.  This is the first study to demonstrate a solid connection between the presence of the bacteria and worsening of the condition of some cancer patients.

The study showed that the Fap2, a protein in the outer membrane of the bacteria, bound itself to the TIGIT and prevented them from attacking cancer cells.

This discovery could lead to the development of new treatment options.  If F. nucleatum interferes with the body’s ability to attack cancer cells, then blocking the bacteria from interacting with the cancer cells or immune cells may support the ability of the body to attack the cancer and keep it from spreading.

The researchers expect to next look for ways to improve the prognosis of cancer patients by either removing the offending protein from F. nucleatum, or rendering it unable to bind with the TIGIT cells.

Individual cancer risk is complicated and influenced by a variety of factors, including age, environment, genetics, and lifestyle.  Good oral hygiene may have limited effect on your risk, but it will keep your bacteria levels in check and prevent its entry into the bloodstream.  Just one more reason to brush and floss every day.

 

For a free oral cancer screening, call (619) 640-5100

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Tips For Better Understanding About Dental Crowns

dental crownsIf you’ve been told you need a dental crown, you can have a better experience if you ask a few questions and check on a few things to make sure you’re getting the highest quality of care and a restoration that will last for as long as possible.

Here are some things to consider:

Is the crown American made? Some dentists save money by using overseas dental labs in China or perhaps Costa Rica. In most of these foreign labs, the technicians use less expensive materials and even low-quality recycled dental metals or porcelain. If you have any concerns, ask for the lab slip that shows how much gold and porcelain is being used and where the restoration was made.

What’s the lifespan of the crown? And is there a breakage warranty? You can usually expect good crowns to last 10 to 15 years with good oral hygiene. But a crown made of inferior products could break down in half that time or less. Some dental labs will offer a one-year warranty on crowns. The warranty and the lifespan issue is most important with non-metal crowns.

Will a lab-made provisional crown be used? It can help to make the right color and shape decision if the dentist has the lab make a provisional or trial crown. This is also often used if the mouth must heal before a permanent crown can be placed. A lab-created temp crown allows you to see what your new crown will look like in shape and color, then a permanent can be made of better materials to match. If you don’t like it, adjustments can be made when the permanent crown is fabricated. While there is often an additional charge for a provisional crown, it can make a lot of sense. Expect the final crown to be stronger and look more natural than the provisional crown.

Can you see the crown before it’s put in your mouth? It belongs to you, and you have a right to see it before it’s placed. You need to be able to see that the color and shape are the way you want them to be before permanent placement in your mouth. It’s essential that you voice any concerns you have because this is something that will be in your mouth for years and needs to be made to your specifications. Work with the dentist to make any adjustments necessary before permanent placement of the crown.

Every dentist has a responsibility to provide a high standard of care that meets your needs and responds to your desires. Even a low-quality crown should fit well and completely restore natural function, but you have a right to insist on the best quality you can afford.

Not all crowns are the same, and neither are all dentists or dental labs. Insist on a good quality dental crown that completely meets your needs so that no one will even know you have a crown in your mouth. When you work with the right dentist, it’s not hard to get the results you want.

To see if a dental crowns are right for you, call (619) 640-5100.

 

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Dental Aesthetics – Losing a Tooth by Dr. BreeAnn

“Hello! I’m Dr. BreeAnn Christiansen, holistic dentist at Brighton Dental in San Diego.

And today I’m going to talk about a very common issue, a very scary issue, and something that a lot of people have to go through.

So here’s the situation. You just found out that one of your front teeth has to be pulled. Losing a tooth at any place in your mouth is scary, let alone one of the teeth right in front. So what now? How do you go through this experience without losing some pride and feeling humiliated?

We take for granted how much our teeth contribute to our looks. Good or bad, they’re a dominant part of your face when you smile, when you speak, when you laugh. Now that you have to lose one, what are the options?

This is what I’m here to discuss. I’m here to give you some confidence that this is a problem many people have to deal with and I guarantee most of us wouldn’t even know what’s going on to someone we know. I’m going to tell you what the process for every option is, when each option is recommended, and how you will survive the treatment without missing your front tooth the whole time.

Some vanity is healthy and I understand that. At Brighton dental, I know we’ll put your oral health first, but do so in a way you’re comfortable. So remember, each case is different and some treatments listed here aren’t always suitable, but I will try to generalize them.

Let’s start with the first case.
You have a front tooth that you need to come out, either you broke the tooth, the tooth had a root canal that failed, or there’s some other reason the tooth cannot be saved, it has to be pulled. How do we replace it?

The most ideal way to replace a single missing tooth is with an implant. When the adjacent teeth are healthy, an implant is always my number one recommendation. If the tooth has not yet been pulled, it’s more likely that the bone present is sufficient enough to support the implant. Now it’s just up to your dentist to judge if it is appropriate to place the implant right after the extraction.

If the implant is placed immediately, it is most likely that the implant will need some time to heal before it can be restored. If we decide to wait to place the implant, it is usually because the amount of bone available is not ideal or the infection present is more than we are comfortable with placing an implant into the same area. So in that case, we place the bone graft, close the area and give it a couple of months to heal before reopening it and placing the implant.

So what replaces the missing tooth in the meantime?
We call it a flipper. The flipper is an acrylic prosthetic that replaces your single tooth and it’s made by the lab before you come in to have the tooth pulled. This way, when the tooth is gone and the space is empty and you have to go through one to three to four months of healing time, you have something temporary to wear while you’re waiting for everything to finish.

Implants are traditionally a three-step process. First, the implant is placed and you give it at least three months to heal. In some cases, the implant can be immediately loaded with a crown. In that case, at the appointment when the implant is placed, an abutment, which is the part that the crown cements on to is placed on to the implant and a temporary crown is also placed on this abutment. And then an impression is taken eventually and sent to the lab and your new crown comes back to be cemented.

If the abutment is not placed at the same appointment as stated, the implant usually takes one to three months to have the abutment placed, an impression taken sent to the lab and then your crown comes back two weeks after that to be cemented. Again, once the abutment is placed, a temporary crown is placed for that two weeks while you’re waiting for the permanent crown.

One other point I would like to make is that for ideal aesthetics, it is extremely difficult to match a single crown to the rest of your teeth perfectly. In some cases, if a lot of staining is present or a difficult shade is on the adjacent teeth, I recommend veneers to achieve a beautifully uniform smile.

Option number two is a bridge. A bridge requires the adjacent teeth to be crowned. And the crown called the ‘Pontic’ connects those two crowns to replace the missing tooth. This is also a great option when the teeth on either side of the missing tooth have large fillings or crowns already.

So here’s how the appointment goes. The teeth next door are prepared for crowns. After this is done, the tooth that needs to be pulled is pulled and a temporary bridge is then made. The temporary bridge is cemented on and replaces the missing tooth, so you leave the office as if nothing changed.

In six weeks, and that healing has taken place for us to take the final impression, this final impression is then sent to the lab and in two weeks you have a permanent bridge that is cemented in place and yours to keep for the life of your teeth.

Bridges can be a little trickier to clean. You have to make sure that you are able to floss through and under the pontic, but as long as you take good care of the bridge, it will last just like any of your crowns.

So another option is the removable partial denture. This is typically my least favorite option because it does not have the same function nor the best aesthetics. It similar to the flipper I talked about earlier but a little bit sturdier. I rarely recommend this option when we’re replacing a single tooth, but it may be a decent option when you already have missing teeth in that same arch.

Remember, this partial is removable. That means you have to take it out at night to allow your tissues to rest. It can sometimes move while you’re chewing your food, laughing or speaking. When this option is selected, we take impressions and the partials are made at the lab so it is ready for you the day your tooth is extracted. You leave the office with the tooth.

Again, the options I gave you are very generalized. Dentistry is great because we can get creative and have a little fun with every option, so don’t feel like you’re limited to just these three situations.

So now that I have gone over these, I hope that you’re a little less afraid of what’s to come. I hope you feel that we, at Brighton dental care about your situation and want you to be comfortable and confident that we are going to restore your smile to what it was or even make it a little better.

If you think you have to lose a front tooth or already have, please call our office for a consultation to see what we can do for you. Believe it or not, losing your front teeth is not the end of the world. There’s so many ways we can make it unnoticeable. No one would even have any idea what’s going on.

Thank you and I look forward to see you in our office.”

Book an appointment with Dr. BreeAnnn Christiansen at Brighton Dental San Diego by calling (619) 640-5100

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Artistry And Materials Are Among Factors That Determine Dental Crown Quality

Dental crown and toothDental crowns can differ significantly in quality because of differences in artistry and materials. These are among the many variables that go into your decision about what kind of crown to choose for your tooth — because they aren’t all the same. The quality directly impacts the cost of the crown, but all restorations should adequately restore natural function.

Working alongside you, your dentist and the selected dental technician can create a finished dental crown that will make your smile better than ever before. Just be sure you consider all the variables and understand your options before choosing a crown.

Your Crown’s Artistry

Perhaps it’s obvious that crowns made from the best materials cost more than lower quality crowns. For example, a crown made of the highest porcelain quality costs the most. But just as important to how the crown looks is the expertise and artistry of the dental technician who creates it. While some crowns are simple and white without much visual appeal, others are translucent mini-masterpieces that look exactly like your natural teeth.

To ensure the best work, make sure your crown is sent to the best available technician. For a more affordable crown, ask about a more affordable technician.

You also have choices about how your crown will look. You can choose the crown color in consultation with the dentist, and you need to speak up if you don’t like what the dentist proposes. Also, if the finished product is not to your liking when you first see it, be sure to voice your objections before it’s cemented into place.

A great deal of subjectivity is involved in the appearance of dental crowns, and you play a role in making sure yours looks the way you want it to.

Consider A Provisional Crown

The dentist may suggest a provisional crown, and this can often be a good idea. A temporary crown can help you see what the permanent one will look like so you can see how it blends into your smile. You can also find out if eating and talking are completely restored when you try a provisional crown. Once the design meets your requirements, a permanent crown can be made to the same specifications and of better materials.

Provisional crowns add to the cost of the restoration, but they can be important tools if you want to determine what your finished smile will look like once the restoration is complete.

Whatever decisions you make, expect to get back your natural function at a minimum. Other than that, much about the look of the crown is determined by your taste, your insurance and your dentist’s recommendations.

For the best results, it all starts with the best dentist. A dentist with a great reputation and a history of satisfying clients can provide the best possible results. You can make things go even more smoothly by asking questions about cost and quality from the beginning.

You’re the patient, and you deserve to have things done your way.

For a free consultation to see if a dental crown is the right solution for you, call (619) 640-5100.

 

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Dental Chair Yogi – Dr. BreeAnn @ Brighton Dental San Diego

Transcription: ‘Hello, I’m Dr. BreeAnn Christiansen, holistic dentist at Brighton Dental in San Diego. Today, I come to you with a very interesting message, maybe not one you would expect, but I wanted to talk to you about how to relate going to the dentist to going to yoga.

The first thing I always took from yoga was the breathing. The breathing is very important because it’s what helps get you through your yoga class, it helps you get through each pose, it helps you transition into the next pose. Your breathing pretty much controls the whole class.

So I want you to think the next time you’re in our dental chair if you’re a little afraid or anxious, fearful of what you might experience, I want you to take deep breaths and I want you to breathe exactly into that feeling at that moment.

So when you’re anxious, breathe in to your increased heart rate and feel it go down, breathe into those knots in your stomach and feel them go away. Take deep breaths as much as you need.

I also want you to think about breathing into those areas that are tense when you’re maybe, let’s say, getting your shot to be numb. I want you to breathe into those areas that maybe feel uncomfortable to you and that increased oxygen supply into that area may make it a little bit more comfortable.

I also was thinking about how I started in yoga. I remember one of my friends telling me that downward-facing dog is supposed to be the resting position of the class. I thought, “This woman is out of her mind.” This is not a restful position. It strains me. It hurts me. And now, after a few years of practicing yoga, downward-facing dog is my resting position.

It’s where I catch my breath. It’s where I reorganize my thoughts for the class, I get back into the moment in downward facing dog. I’m able to let go of all those things that might be stressing me out.
So I want you to relate that to the first time you went to the dentist. Maybe you had a horrible experience or maybe you’re just feeling nervous because you didn’t know what to expect. But as you get to know us at Brighton Dental and get to know our team, you’ll learn that we want to work with you and we want to make you comfortable and we want to make this a safe experience for you.

You can see maybe the first time was really terrible like it was for me doing downward-facing dog, but then as I went along, I knew what to expect and I got better at it. That’s kind of how you can look at coming to the dentist.
A recent class I went to is what inspired me to make this connection even though I’m sure some of you think I’m crazy. But towards the end of the class, I was exhausted and we were in low plank. My arms were shaking, my legs were shaking and I was getting ready to put my knees down and relax and our instructor said, take this challenging moment to push yourself and think to yourself, “I’m becoming stronger right now. I’m pushing through this challenge to become a better person, a better version of myself.” I thought, “You know what? We can use that in every aspect of our life even in dentistry.”
So first, I wanted to find the discomfort in this sense is not pain because you shouldn’t feel pain with dental work (that’s why you’re numb). The discomfort is feeling uncomfortable with what’s going on or uneasy with what’s going to happen.

When you’re feeling that, I want you to think, “I’m going through this to improve my overall health, not just my dental health” because we are improving our overall health. You’re taking your health into your own hands and you’re doing what’s best for you.

And so I want you to think when you’re in those stressful moments, “I’m getting to a better version of myself. Even though I’m going through this challenge, it’s getting me to a better place.”

And finally, I feel like in life, we’re constantly living for the next thing, “Well, my life will be better when I get this promotion” or, “I’m working. It’s only Monday. I can’t wait for the weekend.” I know you think I’m crazy again, but I want you to think about not rushing, not wishing to be out of the moment.

So even when you’re in the dental chair, I know it’s tedious, it’s frustrating having your mouth open, it’s frustrating, all the water, but try to maintain being in that moment and it will help you get through the whole procedure. Femal Dentist, Dr. BreeAnnBefore you know it, it’ll be over instead of you wishing the whole time that it’s coming to an end.
So I hope I made the connection for you. I hope you can come into our office and have a little piece of my knowing where it’s going. So that’s my talk about becoming a yogi in the dental chair. I look forward to seeing you soon.’

To book an appointment with Dr. BreeAnn at Brighton Dental San Diego, call (619) 640-5100

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The Female Perspective Series: Gum Disease

Dr. BreeAnn Christiansen

Transcribed: “Hi there! I’m Dr BreeAnn Christiansen, a holistic dentist in San Diego at Brighton Dental. Today I’m going to talk to you about gum disease and how it relates to women.

So what is gum disease? Gum disease is characterized by inflammation of the gum tissue, which eventually leads to
deep pocketing in the issues around the teeth, gum recession and in more seriously involved cases, bone less.
We may hear this referred as gum diseases, gingivitis or periodontitis. The only difference is that in periodontitis, bone loss has occurred.

Gum diseases in most cases require a cause for this inflammation. Usually plaque or tartar is present on the teeth and in the gums. Plaque most usually looks like white or yellowish build-ups on your teeth and it’s mostly particles of food debris and bacterial colonies. These bacterial colonies are what cause the inflammation and require a response from your body.

The inflammation leads to bleeding when brushing or flossing and it causes some discomfort. Eventually, this inflammation is what causes the bone loss and reduced stability of your teeth. The worst thing we can give to this plaque and tartar is time, time to grow and divide and have a lot of damage to occur.
Now, what you probably do not know is that being a woman with hormones fluctuating at predictable times month to month, you are at risk for hormonal periodontal disease. Great, right! Just when you thought you know all the other fun reasons for being a woman, here’s another.

The sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone are to blame for this menstruation gingivitis. It usually flares up a week before menstruating and clears up right when it starts. The increase in sex hormones causes an increase of blood supply to your gums and this is the cause for increased sensitivity.
In most cases, the change will not create too much discomfort if the gum disease is controlled. If not, it can get carried away and your teeth will feel extra sensitivity and your gums will start to appear more red around that time of the month.

Another cause for concern of your gum health is the use of long-term oral contraceptives. The research is still not clear, but gingivitis has been found to accelerate in women who have a long history of taking oral birth control.

I hope you’re wondering at this time, “How do I know if I have gum disease and how can I make sure I’m not giving this bacteria time to live and prosper?” There are several ways to address this.
First, it is very important that you have regular check-ups with your dentist or hygienist who will measure your periodontal pockets. What they do is use a little probe to measure the depth of your pockets around each tooth in specific sites. This is the most important way for them to determine your disease status and how to treat it from there.

Second, it is very important for you to have regular cleanings. Although you do a lot of care at home, the cleanings get those hard to reach places and it polishes your teeth, so that it makes it more difficult for the bacteria to latch on.

Following the care taken at your dental office, it’s extremely important for you to have a steady home care regiment. At Brighton Dental, we have a homemade toothpaste recipe that we recommend you brush with. And of course, flossing is the gold standard for cleaning the places in between your teeth.
We also recommend the use of a water pick with ozone water. The ozone water is useful because the bacteria that cause gingivitis hates oxygen. And so now, you’re blasting these little bacterial colonies with oxygen-rich water instantly killing the bacteria.

It sounds really tiresome, I know. But I promise you, the care you take at home will not only make it possible for your teeth and gums last your lifetime, but it may also make that middle-of-the-month flare-up a little more tolerable.

So to all my female friends, take care of your gums and I look forward to seeing you regularly for check-ups and cleanings. ”

More about Dr. BreeAnn at http://www.brightondentalsd.com/our-practice/meet-dr-christiansen/

Appointments: (619) 640-5100

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Patient Comfort – Review

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3 Great Options To Make Your Own Toothpaste..

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See these 3 recipe options for healthy homemade toothpaste at: http://craftingagreenworld.com/2015/01/17/spotted-how-to-make-toothpaste-no-really/

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Gerson Institute – Holistic (Natural) Dentistry

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http://drvinograd.com/holistic-dentist/holistic-dentistry-dr-vinograds-latest-lecture-gerson-institute/

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Minimally Invasive Dental Ozone Is Changing How We Treat Patients

Ozone (O3)New dental treatment methods are making dentistry easier, less painful and more effective than ever before. If you haven’t visited a dentist in a while, you may not realize how much things have changed. And no change shows more promise and is providing more real results than the introduction of dental ozone therapy.

This kind of minimally invasive treatment is a clean and comfortable way to improve a variety of oral health issues. In particular, dental ozone therapy can be especially effective in treating early decay, often preventing the need for fillings. When we’ve used dental ozone therapy on teeth that are just starting to show signs of decay, we’ve often avoided drilling, saving many teeth that would have otherwise required fillings.

The most astounding thing about dental ozone therapy is that it can actually penetrate through the enamel layer of your teeth and help improve and even heal the inner structures of tooth. No other treatment method can do that effectively. Depending on exactly how long an area is exposed to ozone and the concentration, the penetration can go several millimeters deep.

Before any small filling, we must now ask ourselves whether its better to try to heal the issue with dental ozone or to solve the issue with a filling. Drilling and cutting is still required in some cases, but it isn’t always. And it’s great to have additional tools in our toolkit for treating early decay.

Since cavities begin in an acid environment that exists below the surface of the tooth, we can use ozone to kill the bacteria that’s in the acid and make the waste products safe as well. This generates a new and healthier environment within the entire mouth that’s hostile to bacteria and other pathogens that can do you harm. It’s possible that this newly created health oral environment can be maintained with repeated treatment.

Defining Ozone

It isn’t hard to understand ozone at all. Put in the simplest way possible, ozone is three oxygen atoms that are joined up. That’s all there is to it. Ozone is an elemental type of oxygen that happens naturally in the atmosphere as a result of the interaction of oxygen with UV light or lightning, for example.

But here’s the great thing: in a dental clinic, we can use a machine called an ozone generator to create an effect similar to lightning and create safe and beneficial ozone. That’s the same natural ozone that’s found in decreasing quantity 50,000 feet up in the air. And in situations where there’s air pollution, ozone is present as evidence of the planet attempting to heal itself.

In dentistry, ozone is proving particularly useful because of its impact as a powerful oxidizer. This kind of oxidant can kill things like fungi, bacteria, virus and other pathogens with relative ease. We can also accomplish the same thing with chlorine, but chlorine is a toxic chemical that can have harmful side effects. Plus, a single ozone molecule can do the work of 3,000 to perhaps as many as 10,000 chlorine molecules — and do that work thousands of times quicker.

We Can Actually Undo Cavities And More

Millions of people around the world have been treated using effective and safe dental ozone, but there have never been any recorded side effects when dental ozone is used correctly. The amazing ozone generator creates a very richly oxygenated atmosphere in your mouth that can help put a stop to decay, help the body remineralize and heal the tooth damage and so much more.

Other healthcare and related fields are finding benefits from ozone therapy as well, further proving its usefulness. These include places like the vet’s office, the dermatologist’s office and in the HIV+ community where nothing’s more important than killing harmful virus and bacteria. Ozone is also proving useful in treating foot ulcers in diabetics and MRSA infections that, by definition, don’t respond well to traditional antibiotic remedies.

Today, thousands of dentists join these other offices and communities where ozone is making a real difference. In dentistry, we’re using dental ozone for disease, decay, root canals, canker sores and even bone infections and problems with sensitivity.

Oral Infections Are The Enemy

Oral infections are the enemy of good oral health, but our ozone generator can help with infections of the mouth. We can take simple medical-grade oxygen that’s been used in medicine for decades and turn it into ozone that can heal and treat mouth conditions. Our ozone generator uses a corona discharge reaction that mimics the way lightning works. Research has proven that a machine like the one we use in our office can generate ozone in the proper concentration for killing pathogens of many types.

Much of what we do in this office involves fighting off dental infections. Bacteria as well as fungi and viruses are the causes of these insidious infections. In some cases, a single organism is responsible for a patient’s misery while sometimes many organisms of different types are involved. And these pathogens interact with other systems in the body in the same way that problems elsewhere in the body can lead to dental infections. That’s why dental infections can be so much of problem to bring under control. Infected areas continually get reinfected, leading to long-term problems with dental health and overall health in general.

But most pathogenic organisms share something in common: they can be destroyed when ozone punches a hole through their cellular membrane and causes them to die. In fact, there aren’t many pathogens that can survive when there’s ozone around. Studies have indicated that your body’s own antibodies actually make ozone to kill some kinds of invading organisms, but your body may not be able to create enough ozone to do the job. That’s where dental ozone can come to the rescue. We continue the work where nature leaves off.

Goals Of Ozone Therapy

There are many things we do with dental ozone therapy. Evidence-based science proves that ozone can be effectively used as part of the usual standard of care for these purposes:

  • getting rid of pathogens
  • setting up the correct oxygen metabolism situation
  • created a friendly ecology in the mouth
  • increasing circulation in the mouth
  • activating your own immune system
  • stimulating your natural antioxidant system
  • and more.

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Let Us Help You

Isn’t it time for you to explore the how dental ozone therapy can help you? We have solutions available for every kind of dental and oral health issue, and dental ozone is often part of the solution.

Our complete ozone periodontal program consists of many elements, including complete and periodic oral health evaluations, regular cleanings, oral cancer screenings, removal of damaged tissue throughout the mouth, coaching about how to perform your own oral hygiene program at home, irrigation with ozone, injection of ozone with MI desensitizer paste for increased comfort and a take-home kit with instructions you can follow up to enhance results.

It’s possible that dental ozone can be part of your total oral healthcare plan, and we want to help you reach your goal of increasing the health of your mouth and keeping it healthy for the long term. It’s what we do for people like you every day. Just call (619) 640-5100

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