Everyday Health Q & A Part 2

I was recently asked to participate on the Everyday Health Dental Expert panel. Here is another Q & A:

Which oral symptoms shouldn’t be ignored?

People with Ultimate Oral Health have special words to describe the way their teeth feel. They use “happy” “comfortable” “clean” “smooth” or “protected like a waxed car!” These people have developed a healthy protective biofilm that protects their teeth and mouth from temperature changes and infection. It is not natural for teeth to feel sensitive, sore or painful. Something is wrong in a mouth that experiences these sensations.

Tooth Sensitivity:

Healthy biofilm can be damaged by mouth acidity or dryness, and sensitivity is the symptom you feel. Certain metals, like titanium, can be toxic to healthy biofilm, also baking soda and bleaching/whitening products. It is fascinating that companies who put whitening products into the marketplace are the same companies now selling sensitivity pastes and gels! What a coincidence!

Changes during periods of stress affect the quality and acidity of saliva. Certain foods promote oral health and vitamin and mineral supplements promote a positive effect. Adequate sleep, exercise and Probiotics assist in improving the quality of biofilm directly in the mouth and also by aiding the immune system.

A Slimy Feel in the Mouth:

If teeth feel slimy, you can be sure something is wrong with home care. This can be from a mold or dirty toothbrush hygiene. (Consider the use of xylitol to protect patients from their kissing friends! Here is a link to how xylitol can help:


Toilet plume spray can infect toothbrushes and humid conditions provide the perfect culture medium. I suggest cleaning teeth in the kitchen to avoid problems, and use an antiseptic like Listerine to clean the brush daily, rinse it out and dry. Remember – bacteria die when they dry!

Sore Mouth:

If the symptom is “soreness” – this could be serious and a diagnosis should be made to check for pathology if the soreness lasts for more than a few days. On the other hand, soreness is often caused by a sharp tooth, appliance or denture. Most often the problem is an ulcer that may be small, but feels bigger and more serious to the patient. Today there are many toothpastes that appear to trigger ulcers. Investigate if your patient has recently switched pastes – especially if they have begun using Colgate Total (tricolsan is a problem) or the Pro-Health Crest (Stannous fluoride is the problem here).

To promote healing:

I suggest a new toothbrush and the use Closys products or Crest Cavity Protection paste – with NO additives! Eat a small amount of fresh pineapple mixed into organic whole yogurt to provide vitamin C, K, minerals and bromelain that promote skin and bone healing.

Tooth Ache:

A dull constant ache is how some people describe “soreness” (see “sore mouth” above). This ache can also be from pressure on the jaw, which makes the jaw feel “bruised” or painful. Sometimes a filling or appliance is too big, so each time you bite down it “presses” on the jaw. Adjusting the filling or appliance can make this better in a few seconds. Sinus pressure can also feel like tooth ache, as pressure from congestion in the sinuses causes a sensation of toothache.

More serious pressure comes from build up of infection inside the tooth or in the jawbone itself. This is when an abscess is developing or has already developed. A pool of liquids and bacteria will press and cause pain as they try to burst their way out of the confines of the tooth or jawbone. Get help fast for this kind of pain, since it will only get worse and may hurt more than your mouth!

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  • Lois says:

    "Certain metals, like titanium, can be toxic to healthy biofilm."What do you recommend for those who have titanium dental implants (to replace teeth lost to dental trauma)?Thank you.

  • Dr. Ellie says:

    The toxicity from titanium seems to be more towards the skin of the mouth ( mucosa) than from implants under the skin.However here is a good review by Dr. Mercola:http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/08/08/Be-VERY-Careful-When-Replacing-Missing-Teeth.aspxUnfortunately there are not many good choices.I think everyone is different, and if you feel healthy and have no symptoms – my suggestions is to keep your mouth in pristine condition, and take good nutritional steps to protect your general health.The titanium I suggest avoiding is the toothbrush that incorporates titanium into the brush – it was one of the worst experiences of my life when I tested this.I want to warn everyone NOT to try this – my mouth was raw for almost a week!!http://www.soladey.comHope this helps,Ellie

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