Have you ever experienced the symptoms of dry mouth?   When your mouth feels sticky and dry like a cotton ball, you may even have a frequent thirst, sores in and around your mouth, cracked lips, a dry feeling in your throat, or a red, raw tongue.  Do you want to go moisten your mouth with a refreshing drink after reading that?  For some people these symptoms are a daily occurrence.  If you have any of these symptoms it could mean that your mouth is simply not producing enough saliva.

Our body is designed to constantly produce saliva.  The average, healthy person makes four to eight cups of saliva a day.  Saliva is good for you and it is made up of more than 99% water and the rest is minerals, and proteins to help your mouth stay healthy and fight infections.

We are using a completely natural substance in our office, ozone gas, which has seemingly miraculous capabilities. Ozone is a natural way to kill bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungus. These pathogens thrive in an oxygen poor environment. Ozone is a powerful oxidant, delivering oxygen to the body. The cellular membrane of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi do not have antioxidants to protect them from this powerful oxidant. Healthy cells on the other hand have antioxidants and are unaffected by ozone and remain intact. An oxygen-rich environment is created where healthy cells thrive and pathogens die. The bi-products of ozone are simply water and oxygen, two elements essential to life.

Did you know cavities are preventable?  There are several kinds of bacteria in your mouth that uses simple carbohydrates like sugars and refined flours to break down about half of a tooth’s minerals away before dental intervention.  You can prevent this excessive damage from occurring if you learn how to balance your oral chemistry.

It has been found that the average diet has drastically changed to include more acidic and carbohydrate-laden foods, which cause oral and systemic acidity.  Water and milk beverages have been replaced with acidic fruit juices, sports drinks and sodas.  Much of our foods are processed and made with acidifiers to reduce bacterial growth so the food lasts longer.

We get a lot of questions about ceramic implants. There are many implant systems and companies who make implants. At this time there are many companies in Europe making ceramic implants. In the United States there are currently three companies. Z-Systems, Strauman and Ceraroot. We currently use Z Systems. In the near future Swiss Dental Systems will have approval by FDA for use in the United States.

I had Swiss Dental System implants placed in my mouth one year ago while attending the Europeon ceramic implant meeting. I know the creator of these implants and have been trained in their use. They are similar to the Z Systems implants that we are currently placing in our practice.
There are reasons that both dentists and patients do not want the titanium implants that are more common. These range from improved esthetics with Zirconia implants, concerns about allergy to metals. Some titanium implants contain up to 6 % aluminum. According to Vera who developed the Melissa test for allergies titanium implants contain up to 20 trace elements that some people react to in very minute amounts. Another concern that some people have is electro galvanism. When dissimilar metals are in contact with each other or solutions like water or saliva a current is generated. I have practiced metal free dentistry for many years because of my own sensitivity to metals in my mouth.