Oral Galvinism

Having mixed metals in the mouth can be harmful for our bodies in many ways and one possibility that is not often discussed or heard of is Oral Galvanism.  Oral galvanism is a term used for the association of oral or systemic symptoms brought on by the currents (volts) that occur when we have several metal treated teeth. Even if you can’t feel it, oral galvanism can still affect your health.  After all, your nervous system runs on electrochemical energy and having extra currents running in your mouth can interfere with these disrupting energy flow and the healthy function of other organs. Oral galvanism can cause or contribute to ailments such as epilepsy, hearing loss, eye problems, insomnia, psychological problems, vertigo, loss of concentration, tinnitus, pathological changes in blood, kidney or other organs, inflammation and reflex neurological pain. 


Preventing Parkinson’s

Research done at Johns Hopkins Medicine has confirmed that the most important thing you we do to reduce our risk of Parkinson’s is to improve our gut health. 80% of our immune system is in our gut and is regulated by beneficial bacteria and microbes. “Friendly” bacteria should make up about 85-90% of our total gut flora. However, for many reasons, including diet, stress, antibiotic use and other factors, this is not always the case for many of us. Therefore, we need to include probiotics, digestive enzymes and fulvic minerals to our daily supplements routine.


Poor oral health and cancer

Poor oral health is associated with a 75% increased risk of liver cancer.

The study, by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, analyzed over 469,000 people in the UK, investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a several gastrointestinal cancers: liver, colon, rectum & pancreatic cancer. The study evaluated the relationship between cancer risk in self-reported oral health conditions of painful or bleeding gums, mouth ulcers and loose teeth.

While no significant associations were linked to most gastrointestinal cancers a substantial link was found for hepatobiliary cancer (the most common form of liver cancer).  


Infertility: 3 ways to improve chances of conception

It can be strange to hear this coming from a dentist’s perspective. But follow my logic, look at the data, do some of your own research, and read on…

More and more women having difficulties conceiving. We are living in an age where women are thinking about starting families later and later in their lives. Many commonly heard reasons for infertility include: extended use of birth control, advanced age, a hormone imbalance, stress, etc. This might have multiple people who cannot conceive possibly looking for international adoption agencies in Florida or surrogates for them to potentially find a way to conceive. What many people disregard is total body toxicity. We breathe, eat, and live among toxic substances every day. Our body is a wonderful machine that is able to filter and detoxify. There are many sources of toxicity in our lives, many are hard to control.

What is a large source of toxicity that you CAN control?

Your mouth!

  • Your gums have a pocket that encircles every tooth. Dentists measure that entrance and record these measurements to check for bone loss and bacterial load. If there is a build-up of dangerous types of bacteria in your gums, they bleed, and you have periodontal disease, your body will have consequences.
    1. Pre-term birth
    2. Low birth weight baby

If your body knows the baby will be in trouble, It may avoid conception entirely. At least 1 teeth cleaning and checkup appointment is essential prior to conception, and 1 is highly recommended during pregnancy.

  • Heavy metal load in your mouth.
    1. If mercury levels (blood/hair/urine) are tested and are high, consider looking at sources inside the mouth. Amalgam-silver fillings are composed of ~50% mercury and can cause a buildup of mercury levels in the body.
    2. They say eating fish while pregnant should be avoided due to high mercury levels. So the same should be true for women trying to conceive. Your body may not be ready to accept a baby with a higher toxic load.
    3. Some bodies are sensitive and don’t like nickel, aluminum, titanium, and other metals. These materials are commonly used in dentistry. If you are concerned, have a biological/holistic dentist or an allergist evaluate the safety of these materials for your body.
  • The inner stress we create for ourselves contributes to your total toxic load.

The perfect example is the story so commonly heard and seen. A family was trying to have a child for many years and “couldn’t”. They decided to adopt. As soon as they did, she got pregnant. Relax and know that things will happen the way you want it.


Diatomaceous Earth in Dentistry and throughout the Body

Diatomaceous Earth… Did you know?

DE is a compound almost entirely made of Silica (a hard, non-reactive, colorless compound most commonly found in nature as Quartz). It is gently abrasive similar to pumice powder and highly absorbent.

 

Can I add Diatomaceous Earth to my toothpaste?

There are now several all natural products on the market that have added Diatomaceous Earth to enhance effectiveness and to whiten teeth. It helps remove plaque and calculus (tarter), and will help prevent or improve the condition of periodontitis (gum disease) and gingivitis (gum inflammation). And the best part is that it is safe for both children and adults (as with all supplements, double check with your doctor first!).

 

How else can DE benefit me?

Silica in DE is a primary ingredient in many of the overpriced hair supplements.  Did you know… DE has been noted to be effective for thinning hair, healthier and smoother skin, and even good for brittle nails. Internal benefits have been noted to help create regular bowel movements and can even detoxify your digestive system.  Results may vary, of course.

 

Diatomaceous Earth was discovered in 1836 in Germany and still today we have been finding new ways to use it. If you find this topic interesting, there are many resources out their explaining ways you can utilize this to benefit your wellbeing. Other ways to whiten teeth include activated charcoal – try our Magic Mud toothpaste or powder.  We’re here as your holistic, biological resource near you, to help you in your journey in health and dentistry. Hope to see you soon


Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) and how it’s changing dentistry

Platelet rich fibrin is the new talk of the town when it comes to surgery. With improved healing and immune support, a surgery can have quicker and better healing, with less post-op complications.

If you and your kids ever watched “The Magic School Bus,” you might remember seeing an episode where the school bus full of kids takes a dive into their sick classmate’s body. It sounds gross, but it gave our kids (and us) an inside look at the body’s healing process and how it responds when under attack from a virus or other infection. We learned that blood is actually clear, that red blood cells give blood its color, and that platelets, the smallest cells in our bloodstream, put a stop to bleeding and heal scrapes and cuts. Platelets’ coagulatory properties make them great candidates for healing on a larger scale. Dr.Joseph Choukroun, a French surgeon, first realized their contribution to patient recovery when he was performing facial surgeries. Applying this to dentistry, we can add platelet-rich fibrin back into the socket after a tooth is removed. This procedure is now recognized as an effective treatment to promote healing during dental surgery.

Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF), a byproduct of our blood, is extremely high in platelets and growth factors —the “signaling” molecules that allow communication between cells. Choukroun’s PRF centrifuge system allows us to extract blood, separate out platelets and growth factors, and add the powerhouse combination back into your body.

How does it work? First, we take a small amount of blood from you. Next, we place the blood into the PRF centrifuge machine, where it is separated out into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. As we are performing a tooth extraction or other procedure, we can add the fortified blood back into your body to promote healing in the site where it’s needed. The combination of platelets and growth factors have regenerative capabilities, healing hard and soft tissue more quickly, and help you recover faster after a tooth extraction. We’re excited to offer PRF centrifuge treatment at Wrigleyville Dental. If you’re interested in learning more, there are a ton of articles and videos online, or you can talk to your dentist at your next appointment.


The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART)

You’ve read how your silver fillings may be harmful to your health, now what? You’ve come to the right office by choosing SMART certified doctors to replace your old, leaky amalgam fillings. The safety protocol used by our doctors at Wrigleyville Dental is called the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique. If you’re wondering why it’s necessary to take these extensive safety precautions during this procedure, you should know that all dental amalgam restorations contain 50% mercury and research finds that these fillings can emit mercury vapors. Without these precautions, your body is at a higher risk for ingesting or inhaling the mercury vapor, which can lead to mercury toxicity or contribute to other medical conditions.

We take the following measures to ensure safety for our patients, staff, doctors and environment:

• In order to protect the patient’s skin and clothing, a full body, impermeable barrier, as well as a full head/face/neck barrier is utilized.
• The amalgam is sectioned into chunks and removed in as large of pieces as possible, to minimize mercury vapor exposure.
• We use lots of cool water during the procedure to minimize the vapors that come from the fillings.
• We use one suction directly over the tooth, another for the saliva, and a third one by your chin to help remove any aerosol and vapor. The suction by your chin also has a HEPA filter which filters the room air.
• Oxygen will be delivered via a nasal mask to minimize any mercury vapor or amalgam particulate during the procedure.
• You are given a charcoal rinse prior to removing the fillings to ensure that if any mercury particles that pass into mouth are captured and eliminated.
• We will give you 1,000mg of Vitamin C to support your immune system after your treatment is completed.
• We also utilize an amalgam separator in our office to collect mercury amalgam waste and prevent it from being released back into the water supply.

Below is a picture of an actual amalgam removal done here at Wrigleyville Dental.


Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver diamine fluoride has been in the news recently and Wrigleyville Dental now offers it as an alternative to traditional cavity treatment. Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a topical medicine that comes in a clear liquid form that can be painted onto teeth with cavities to help stop the teeth’s breakdown by acid producing bacteria. This also can help relieve tooth pain and hypersensitivity. SDF has been available and widely used in many countries including China, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and other for many decades. Silver Diamine Fluoride was just cleared for sale in the USA in August 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does it work?

SDF is a potent anti-microbial agent used to kill germs that cause cavities. It is composed of two primary components: silver and fluoride. Silver acts as an anti-microbial agent that simultaneously strengthens the underlying protective layer of your teeth called dentin. Fluoride is the active ingredient that puts a stop to tooth decay and helps prevent additional decay from appearing. When applied to a tooth with a cavity, active caries lesions become inactive and the risk of future decay is reduced.

What are the benefits of SDF?

  • Non-invasive
  • Quick treatment time
  • Effective cavity prevention
  • May stop tooth decay
  • Relieves tooth sensitivity
  • Offers a no needle/no drill alternative
  • Can help “buy time” for those patients who are very young, fearful, or have special needs that may otherwise require sedation for traditional dental treatment.

There are some risks which include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Any decayed areas will stain black permanently. This means SDF is working, Healthy tooth structure will not stain. Tooth-colored fillings and crowns may discolor as well.
  • If Silver Diamine Flouride is applied to skin or gums, a harmless temporary brown or white stain may appear on the area. The stain will disappear in one to three weeks. It cannot be washed off.
  • The patient may notice a metallic taste after an application. This will go away rapidly.
  • Allergic reaction.

In summary, this minimally invasive treatment option for dental caries is a great alternative for our doctors to stop decay, particularly when seeing young children here at Wrigleyville Dental.

 

 

 

 

 


Oral Cancer on the Rise and Striking Younger

Oral Cancer is officially an epidemic and early discovery is critical. Most oral cancer is very treatable when detected in the early stages of the disease. Our doctors here at Wrigleyville Dental use the latest fluorescence technology that allows them to shine a blue light during your oral examination that can identify oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage. This light can save your life because oral abnormalities may not always be visible to the naked eye.

The number of oral cancers have increased over a 7 year period, where all other cancers have declined. Due to this, the CDC recommends an annual oral cancer screening if you are 17 years of age or older. The latest statistics are alarming.

  • 40% of new diagnosis are young, non-smokers
  • 69% of oral cancers are found in late stage
  • 8,650 deaths due to late diagnosis

Also, a serious new oral cancer risk factor is HPV exposure. HPV, transmitted through saliva, sexual and skin-to-skin contact is the cause of the fastest growing oral cancer population under the age of 45.

At your next Wrigleyville Dental check-up, say yes to this two-minute oral exam that can literally save your life.

 


Essential Oils

Here at Wrigleyville Dental, we believe in using essential oils to enhance our lives in many different ways. We hope this guide will help you build your natural medicine cabinet in order to benefit your emotional, physical and spiritual wellness.

Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, roots, flowers, bark and other parts of plants. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. They contribute to the holistic approach to wellness many of us are striving to achieve.

3 Ways to Use Essential Oils:

Aromatically (use a diffuser)

  • Cleanses air (kills bacteria and destroys viruses)
  • Opens airways
  • Affects your mood

Cleanses air (kills bacteria and destroys viruses)

  • Opens airways
  • Affects your mood

Topical Application (rub a few drops directly on your skin)

  • Immune support
  • Quickly absorbed into body through skin

Dietary Consumption (place 1-2 drops under tongue or mix into a glass of water)

  • Supports digestive system and immunity
  • Benefits mouth and throat

Our Favorites in the Dental Office:

Wild Orange: We use wild orange to help reduce the stress and anxiety associated with dental visits. It will help soothe your nerves and calm any anxiety you may be experiencing prior to treatment.

Lavender: Lavender aromatherapy also provides a significant decrease in the stress levels associated with dentistry. It’s also been known to reduce the pain during needle insertion. Even if you’re not the type who gets stressed from the thought of an approaching dental appointment, being in a calmer, better mood during a dental appointment can only help.

Clove: Used in dentistry for over a century, clove oil is a very effective antiseptic that is known to help relieve dental pain from a toothache, abscess or even gingivitis. Clove oil should only be used as a temporary way to relieve pain from a toothache.

Peppermint: Peppermint is one of the most widely used essential oils in oral care products, widely due to the antibacterial, antifungal, and biofilm-inhibiting properties. Peppermint oil has the ability to inhibit biofilm formation in the oral cavity in addition to providing a therapeutic benefit treating periodontitis, gingivitis, and halitosis.