Brush Up On The Important Reasons To Change Your Toothbrush Regularly

While the recommendation is to change your toothbrush at least every three months, many people think that is merely a marketing technique to sell more toothbrushes. Not so. There are multiple important health reasons why dental professionals recommend changing your toothbrush every three months.

Bacteria, Bacteria, Bacteria

At the top of the list of reasons to change your toothbrush regularly is the human mouth is teeming with bacteria. All kinds of bacteria – good, bad, and really ugly! When you brush your teeth, some of those bacteria and plaque, cling to and begin to live in and on the bristles of your toothbrush. The longer you use the toothbrush, the more bacteria builds up.

Frequency Of Use Means Your Toothbrush Gets Worn Out

Secondly, the bristles get worn out over time. If you’re brushing two or more times a day, that can produce a lot of wear and tear on your toothbrush. And that’s especially true if you tend to apply lots of pressure when you brush. Worn-out bristles can be abrasive on your gums and can lead to inflammation and premature gum recession. A fresh new brush keeps your teeth cleaner and your gums healthy. And if you are someone who brushes with lots of pressure you may notice the bristles on your toothbrush splaying out and pointing every which way but the right direction sooner than three months. By all means, change your toothbrush before the three-month time period if you do apply lots of pressure.

You Had A Cold, A Flu Or Other Viral Infection 

Any time you’ve been sick, it’s very important to replace your toothbrush. It’s very easy to reinfect yourself by using the same toothbrush you used while you were sick. And if you have other family members whose toothbrushes are near yours, cross-contamination is highly probable. You should change all the family toothbrushes after anyone in the family has been sick. Get rid of those bacteria-infected brushes and start fresh.

 

Keep It Clean

Of course, you want to keep your toothbrush as clean as possible during the three-month use period. But that only requires a good rinse after use, then letting it air dry. I’ve had patients tell me they use cleaning agents if they drop their brush or after they’ve been sick. That is not a good idea. Cleaning agents can cause more harm than good. Likewise, I’ve had patients tell me they try to sterilize their toothbrushes by boiling them in water, putting them in the microwave oven, or washing them in the dishwater. Again, not a good idea. Excessive heat can warp the bristles making them more damaging to your gums and less effective at cleaning your teeth.

 

 

Electric Versus Manual Toothbrush

This is one of those questions that I can only answer with, “It depends.” If you’ve always used a manual and your oral health is good, keep up the good work. If you find it difficult to reach certain areas of your mouth with a manual toothbrush, you might find it easier with an electric toothbrush. The choice is really a personal one. And since neither manual toothbrushes nor electric toothbrushes are created equal, you might want to discuss which one your dentist recommends based on your oral health.

I hope you found this brush-up session helpful. Keep brushing, flossing, rinsing, and smiling.

Getting A Daily Dose Of Good Vitamin D Could Prevent COVID-19

It does not come as a surprise to me that vitamin D deficiency has recently been discovered to be a primary risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection and death. I have been talking about and educating my patients about the importance of good vitamin D supplements – not the cheapest ones, but the real ones – for many years.

Research has shown that maintaining adequate amounts of vitamin D may protect you from developing a multitude of ills including multiple sclerosis and various forms of cancers including ovarian, breast and prostate. https://www.insider.com/benefits-of-sunlight  And now the news about possibly preventing COVID-19 is exciting and potentially lifesaving for so many.

According to a 2011 study, 41.6% of adults in the US are vitamin D deficient. This number goes up to 69.2% in Hispanics and 82.1% in African Americans. Common risk factors for vitamin D deficiency include, being elderly, being overweight or obese and having dark skin.

This makes sense when you look at the death rates from COVID. The Latino and African American populations have been hard hit by COVID-19, as have the elderly and those compromised due to obesity.

 

Not A Cure – A Preventative

While scientists around the world are scrambling to create a vaccine to cure COVID-19, the rest of us can be proactive and do something that can help us prevent becoming the next victim.  For those of us who live in the sunshine state and those who live in the sunbelt, we have the greatest source of the best vitamin D at our disposal on a daily basis. However, we also know too much exposure to the sun is not healthy.

I think about the elderly who live in nursing homes who are not exposed to sunshine at all. It would be wonderful to be able to up their vitamin D intake via a good supplement and help strengthen them. Vitamin D boosts overall immune function by modulating innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces respiratory distress and improves overall lung function, helping to produce surfactants in the lungs that aid in fluid clearance.

 

Vitamin D Functions Like A Hormone

Another interesting bit of information about vitamin D is that unlike other vitamins, vitamin D functions like a hormone, and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes vitamin D from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. A total of 15 minutes of sunshine a day is plenty. Though people with darker skin may need a little more exposure. If you cannot out into the sun, a good supplement can do the trick.

 

Spread The Word

 Getting the word out about the lifesaving benefits of vitamin D supplementation — especially to the African American and Latino communities and the elderly in nursing homes — could have a significant impact on future hospitalization and death rates from COVID-19. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, taking the time to talk to the medical management about vitamin D testing and supplementation could also make a big difference in the general health of all the residents, as vitamin D is something that can strengthen your immune system in a matter of a few weeks and has many health benefits besides lowering your risk of a viral illness.

If you’d like to read an in-depth article about the studies on COVID-19 patients, click on this link: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2020/11/09/covid-19-patients-vitamin-d-deficiency.aspx?cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20201109Z1&mid=DM706733&rid=1007355768

If you would like to discuss vitamin D supplementation, give my office a call.

Your Mouth is The Gateway To Your Health Especially During This Pandemic

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that one of the most frequent topics that I talk, write and educate about is the importance of oral health to overall health and wellbeing. Our oral health plays an even more integral role in our wellbeing now as we are dealing with the COVID-19 virus.

Shelter-at-home restrictions have been eased quite a bit. For those of us in the dental profession, for several months we only treated emergencies. Now that we are back in our offices, I want to remind you that keeping your previously scheduled dental appointment or scheduling a maintenance visit is safe and important to keeping your resistance to COVID strong.

Let me assure you, if there is any doubt in your mind that dental offices in general are hyper-sensitive about cleanliness and the protection of patients and employees. We have worn masks and gloves for years and continue to improve protocols in the equipment that is used in our practices. We are taking many new precautions to protect our patients and ourselves from exposure to COVID-19 as issued by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in light of COVID-19. Rest assured, you will be safe at our dental offices

Although the new safety procedures may make your office visit feel different, taking excellent care of your teeth and gums remains one of the best ways to protect your overall health — and reduce your risk for heart attacks, strokes, dementia and other life-threatening conditions.

Remember, COVID-19 is more threatening to people who have those underlying health conditions. So you want to do everything you can to make sure you are as healthy as can be. And you want to stay that way!

 

Stay Calm And Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Don’t let Covid-19 disrupt your healthy dental care routine. While all dental offices were shut down for a couple of months, our doors are now open. Dental offices have always been meticulously careful and pristinely clean. We have been wearing masks for at least 20 years and have always worn gloves.

 

The Unknown Causes Stress

If you’ve had to postpone a regular cleaning due to the pandemic, you may want to make sure you get one back on the schedule as soon as possible. The added stress that the unknown causes can create weaknesses in the mouth and could cause problems. Do not slack on your home oral health care. Be more diligent than ever.

Do your best to stay calm. Incorporating meditation or yoga or a daily walk into your routine can be very helpful. Know that, “this too shall pass.” Of course it isn’t passing as quickly as we’d all like, but it will pass eventually.

 

Take Care Of Dental Emergencies Immediately 

If you have a dental emergency, take care of it immediately. The mouth is the gateway to the entire body and an abscessed tooth, if not treated, can lead to serious problems. Gingivitis can lead to heart disease and strokes.

 

Explore Holistic Dental Care

If you’ve never had the experience of working with a biological or holistic dental professional and are looking for a new dentist, we would be happy to welcome you. We follow the BaleDoneen Method which incorporates the study and prevention of the link between heart disease, strokes and gum disease.

Many silent underlying diseases of the mouth like old failing root canals have been proven to contribute to elevated chances of having a severe stroke or heart disease. Cardiovascular incidents are preventable with proper care and attention to these underlying culprits, diet and other forms of cleaner lifestyle living.

A holistic approach will look at other body systems in search for answers as to why the breakdown may be happening. For example as a holistic dentist we will look at metal toxicity, Ph levels in saliva, and we use DNA testing to find ways to strengthen the body to counteract these offenses.

Holistic Dentistry is nothing more than providing the proper conditions for the body to help heal itself better and faster. Holistic dentistry’s focus is to not introduce unnecessary chemicals or substances into the body that may harm tissues, organs or interfere in any way with the body’s natural ability to heal.

 

Tips To Keep Your Mouth Clean

If you simply can’t get to the dentist for your routing cleaning or check-up, at least be diligent in your oral home care. Follow these tips to make sure you keep your mouth healthy and clean until you can get to your dental professional.

Change your toothbrush head every 3 months or more frequently if you’ve been sick.

Brush your teeth at least twice daily.

Floss after every meal.

Eliminate sugar or at least keep sugary foods to a bare minimum

 

Ask us how we can help you live better, calmer and healthier.

 

Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of SmileCreator Of Naples And Best-selling Co-author Writes About The Importance Of Proper Cleaning After Tooth Removal.

Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, best-selling co-author of the book, The Will To Win, with Brian Tracy, and owner of the SmileCreator of Naples, explains the important process of cleaning the area where a tooth has been lost or removed and how the improper process can lead to rapid decline in oral health.

Naples, FL, June 19, 2020: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new blog on his website entitled, “Oral Health Can Decline Significantly When Teeth Are Not Removed Properly.” Dr. Hernandez talks about the importance of proper tooth removal and the equally important cleaning process afterwards.

Dr. Hernandez informs his readers that, “Most of us are born with 20 primary or baby teeth and we typically grow into adults with 32 permanent teeth.” He continues, “Some people may lose a tooth or two for some reason during the lifetime journey. The major reasons why teeth are lost is due to trauma and disease.” He elaborates, “People fall, get into accidents, and some injure themselves playing sports. Sometimes periodontal gum disease causes tooth loss, as can dental decay.”

According to Dr. Hernandez, “When teeth have to be removed due to periodontal disease or decay, how the removal process is handled will determine the remaining foundation of health well into the future.” By way of example he adds, “If a tooth is removed using excessive force or aggressive procedures, the surrounding bone will be damaged and suffer. Very often this results in requiring a bone graft procedure.”

“After a tooth is lost,” says Dr. Hernandez, “be it to accident or disease, the way the area is cleaned and treated is equally important to the overall long-term health of the mouth. Especially in the case of a tooth lost to gum disease, after the tooth is removed, the bony walls are still intact and will need to be cleansed of all debris, infected materials and remaining periodontal ligaments. This cleansing process must be done carefully and thoroughly by hand using a variety of instruments.”

 

The entire blog can be read at https://smilecreator.com/oral-health-can-decline-significantly-when-teeth-are-not-removed-properly/

  

About Dr. Nilo Hernandez

Nilo A. Hernandez Jr., DDS, DICOI completed I dental degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. Prior to that, he also completed dental training overseas that placed much emphasis on surgery and trauma procedures. With so much training in the surgical arts, it’s no wonder that he has excelled on this chosen path with the greatest of passion and vigor.

Since 1991, Dr. Hernandez has placed and restored well over 10,000 dental implants and has achieved and maintained an extremely high success rate. Not only is he involved with the surgical aspect, but he has always been involved with the restorative side as well. For many years, he has been teaching dentist to become extraordinary with predictable results.  As program chairman at two illustrious dental teaching clinics, he was instrumental in bringing implant dentistry to the mainstream at those centers and still is to this day. He has published numerous articles, books and has been featured in many television and radio shows.

While being fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Hernandez has lectured worldwide and given many thousands of hours of lectures on everything from surgical to prosthetic rehabilitation. He has impacted the lives of many dentists and patients from across the globe.

 

Teaching

The teaching arm of Dr. Nilo’s career has been developed due to his abilities and comprehensive use of methods, techniques and materials followed by proper and concise documentation and photography to assist many companies in using his skills for research and development of their products.

As Course Director for the IDEC Seminar series Dr. Hernandez’s quest is to prepare clinicians to reach levels of aptitude and proficiency never reached before. In addition to this, the medical advances in stem cells and genetic testing has become a part of the everyday dental practice life for Dr. Hernandez.

 

 

 

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Take This To Heart: Most Women Who Die Of Heart Disease Didn’t Know They Had It

Historically, heart disease has been recognized as the number one cause of death in men. However, over the years, the myth that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is mainly a problem for men has been reviewed, revised and revamped.

 

Women Are 3X’s More Likely To Die After Heart Attack Than Men Are

 The fact is that CVD is the leading killer of both men and women, and actually claiming more female lives than all forms of cancer combined. Even more disconcerting is the fact the “64% of women who die suddenly from a heart attack were previously unaware that they had cardiovascular disease.” And, based on large studies published earlier this year, women are up to three times more likely to die after a heart attack than men are largely due to unequal care and treatment.

 

May Could Become Women’s Heart Health Month

So, even though American Heart Month, which happened in February was overshadowed by a global pandemic, as was Mother’s Day, I would like to suggest turning your attention to heart health – your own or that of your mother and the other women who play important roles in your life. It could be a sister, an aunt or a good friend.

 

10 Helpful Tips For Women’s Heart Health

This year is particularly stressful for everyone, but we all know that women take on the greater burdens and they tend to neglect their own health putting the health and well-being of their families first. So, it’s important that women become advocates for optimal cardiovascular care. Dr. Amy Doneen, who has co-founded the BaleDoneen Method offers her top ten prevention tips for women’s heart health, which I am providing brief excerpts of below (you can read the full article at http://theheartattackandstrokepreventioncenter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/v2_dramy_august.pdf):

 

  1. Get educated – Every 43 seconds someone in the U.S. has a heart attack, and on average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes. However, all heart attacks and strokes are potentially preventable.
  2. Move more – Exercise has such powerful mental and physical benefits that it’s been called “the ultimate wonder drug.” For people with genetic risk for heart attack, exercise has been shown in a new study to lower that risk by 50%.
  3. Follow a healthy lifestyle – An optimal lifestyle reduces CVD and stroke risk by up to 90%. Take excellent care of your heart by a) shaking the sugar habit and add more fruit and vegetables to your diet; b) maintain a healthy weight; and c) look for ways to tame tension by practicing mindfulness and other relaxing activities.
  4. No nicotine – Every year, secondhand smoke causes more than 8,000 deaths from stroke, while smoking and other kinds of nicotine use, such as vaping or chewing tobacco cuses on in three deaths from CVD.
  5. Check blood pressure – Sixty-seven-million Americans – about one-in-three adults – have high blood pressure and 70 million have pre-hypertension. Although elevated blood pressure is the leading risk for stroke and a major contribution to heart disease, many people who have it aren’t aware of their condition.
  6. Get checked for ALL dangerous types of cholesterol – most patients assume that the standard cholesterol test known as a “lipid profile” or “coronary risk panel” checks for all forms of dangerous cholesterol. However, most healthcare providers don’t test patients for a common inherited-cholesterol disorder. It’s a $20 test that, if results are normal, only needs to be done once in a lifetime.
  7. Get checked for pre-diabetes – Insulin Resistance (IR) is the underlying cause of 70% of heart attacks. It is a common diagnosis, but often comes too late. BaleDoneen and other studies show that the most accurate screening is the 2-hour oral glucose tolerance test. Rated as “the gold standard” in accuracy by the American Diabetes Association, this test is covered by almost every health plan.
  8. Get dental care at least twice a year – If you haven’t seen your dentil lately, here’s some powerful motivation: Keeping your gums healthy could help you avoid a heart attack! Conversely, having periodontal disease due to certain high-risk oral bacteria can actually cause cardiovascular disease.
  9. Sleep well – Regardless of other risk factors, people who don’t sleep enough face an increased threat of CVD. In a study of about 3,00 people over the age of 45, those who snoozed fewer than 6 hours a night were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.
  10. Save a life – tell a friend and teach a friend what you learned here. You could save a life.

 

Nilo A. Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, Owner of Smilecreator Of Naples Talks About The Size And Normal Bacterial Condition Of The Mouth And Its Role In Disease.

Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, DICOI, best-selling co-author of the book, The Will To Win, with Brian Tracy, and owner of the Smilecreator of Naples, reminds readers that the mouth is one of the biggest and easiest access points for viruses and germs to enter the body and how important oral health is in overall health.

Naples, FL, April 30, 2020: Owner and CEO of Smilecreator of Naples, Dr. Nilo Hernandez, Jr., DDS, has posted a new article on his website entitled, Your Mouth Is The Biggest Gateway To The Inside Of Your Body And Disease, in which Dr. Hernandez reviews how COVID19 is transmitted and

Dr. Hernandez states, “A clean healthy mouth is one of the most important keys to a healthy body.” He continues adding, “We are learning this clearly as a result of COVID19. The mouth, being the largest orifice on your face, is the way most viruses, bacteria and germs enter the body and cause illness.” He emphasizes, “We are all becoming experts at how this particular virus is transmitted…or at least everyone should be.” 

“Just in case you aren’t sure how the COVID19 virus is transmitted,” says Dr. Hernandez, “here it is.” He explains, “The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 4 feet of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.” 

Unfortunately, as Dr. Hernandez points out, humans can’t seem to keep their hands away from their faces. He writes, “Studies have found that people touch their faces more than 16 times in an hour. In fact, we touch our faces so often that the odds of re-contaminating our hands between washings are extremely high.” He further adds, “Since the eyes and the mouth are areas where viruses can easily enter the body, many experts suggest wearing gloves can help break the habit of frequently touching your face.”

Dr. Hernandez turns his attention to the normal environment in the mouth. He writes, “Add to the fact that the human mouth is full of bacteria because the mouth is a warm, wet environment, and these are perfect conditions for bacteria to reproduce.” He invites readers to “Consider this: About 800 to 1,000 different types of bacteria may call your mouth “home.” Despite their tiny size, bacteria can do some big damage to your mouth. They do this by forming a sticky layer called plaque on your teeth, causing damage to your teeth and gums by releasing acids. These acids break down tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay. The bacteria in plaque can also foster swollen, painful gums.”

 

The entire article can be read at https://smilecreator.com/your-mouth-is-the-biggest-gateway-to-the-inside-of-your-body-and-disease/

 

About Dr. Nilo Hernandez

Nilo A. Hernandez Jr., DDS, DICOI completed I dental degree at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. Prior to that, he also completed dental training overseas that placed much emphasis on surgery and trauma procedures. With so much training in the surgical arts, it’s no wonder that he has excelled on this chosen path with the greatest of passion and vigor.

Since 1991, Dr. Hernandez has placed and restored well over 10,000 dental implants and has achieved and maintained an extremely high success rate. Not only is he involved with the surgical aspect, but he has always been involved with the restorative side as well. For many years, he has been teaching dentist to become extraordinary with predictable results.  As program chairman at two illustrious dental teaching clinics, he was instrumental in bringing implant dentistry to the mainstream at those centers and still is to this day. He has published numerous articles, books and has been featured in many television and radio shows.

 

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How Excellent Oral Health Can Help You Fight Off Viruses

We are in the midst of a worldwide pandemic like humanity has never experienced before. COVID19 is in the spotlight and we must take the suggested behaviors about social distancing, handwashing and keeping hands away from the face seriously. However, there are other habits that are not being talked about that can also make a big difference in protecting you and your loved ones from the virus.

As a dentist, the more I thought about this situation, the more I became fixated on the role a healthy mouth can have in this global health challenge. The health of the teeth and gums are major factors to be considered in the positive or negative outcome of the disease transmission process. If teeth and gums are well maintained and healthy, you’ll have a much better chance of not trapping harmful bacteria or viruses. However, when teeth have cracks, pits and faulty old dental work, and when gums are inflamed due to periodontal disease, then you are at a much higher risk of having contaminants stay in those crevices, and for longer periods of time.

Flossing and brushing the teeth after every single eating event is every bit as important as wearing a mask and gloves out in public. In my opinion, these habits should be included in the recommendations from the CDC and other leading authorities. They need to become automatic in our everyday lives.

Simply washing your hands properly and often and sanitizing the groceries and other products you bring into your home is helpful in light of what we now know. Being aware of how long the COVID19 virus stays communicable on certain surfaces like doorknobs, tabletops, grocery bags and so on is important. But think about the environment in your mouth.

To find out about other behaviors you can incorporate into your daily life to help keep your oral cavity (the inside of your mouth) in tip top condition, contact my office today. If you are concerned that your mouth health may be affecting your overall health and would like a complimentary examination, give us a call at (239)564-3100.

In the meantime, please stay well, stay safe and we will all get through this together.

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning, Dental Exam And Free High Quality Vitamin D3

It’s springtime in Florida and that means a little more sunshine in the sunshine state. And for those people who love the sun, that means a good, quality source of free Vitamin D which is so essential to dental health. But for those people who are not so fond of getting out into the Florida sunshine and for those who may not be getting the adequate amount of Vitamin D from dietary sources, I have another source of high-quality free Vitamin D for you.

We want to help you combat the Coronavirus fears. During the months of April and May, all new patients who visit us for their exam cleaning and Oral DNA check will receive a FREE 30-day supply of our branded Vitamin D3 supplement to boost your health and immune system.*

Vitamin D is critical to dental health. As the only vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium, it is integral to bone and tooth health. Dental implants depend on new bone formation and a vitamin D deficiency can interfere with bone metabolism resulting in the failure of implants.

In addition, Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of oral infections and periodontal disease, it is important in the body’s immune response and it has been known to suppress the destructive effects of chronic periodontitis.

This is one vitamin you really want to keep up with. Whether you get it from 15 minutes of sun exposure, leafy greens, fatty fish or a vitamin supplement, it is important to keep your smile bright and your oral health in tiptop shape.

Give our office a call today and schedule your exam or cleaning to claim your free bottle of Smilecreator of Naples Vitamin D3.

*Must ask for the Vitamin D3 special when calling to make your appointment.

 

Holistic Dentistry And The Use Of Non-Metallic Dental Implants

The mouth is the gateway to every organ in the body and is interconnected to overall health. This makes oral health of primary importance.

As a holistic dentist, my focus is on helping my patients achieve and maintain exceptional oral health. Through the use of biocompatible, non-toxic restorative materials, I help my patients eliminate infections and achieve optimal oral health as well as restore healthy structural relationships between the jaw, head and neck.

A major component of my practice is dental implantology. Tooth loss occurs for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is due to injuries, other times to a history of periodontal and other diseases. Implants are integral to the overall health of the mouth. To that end I use non-metallic ceramic dental implants made by Z-Systems.

Some people have allergic reactions to metals and with non-metallic implants, any allergic reaction is avoided, while the end result is absolutely beautiful. Z-Systems manufactures its unique Zirkolith® implants, which allow for extremely low adhesion of bacterial plaque. As you may know, plaque is the main cause of gum disease and one of the main reasons for tooth loss. Untreated periodontitis and also increase the risks during pregnancy as well as the risk of heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.

The Zirkolith implants I use in my practice can be ground like natural teeth without problems and do not require complex accessories. Metal conducts electricity and can cause uncomfortable vibrations in the jaw. However, through the use of non-metallic Z-System implants complete metal-free restoration of your smile and the health of your mouth can be achieved.