Holistic Dentistry – Lecture by Paige Woods, DDS at UCSD


Intro: Good afternoon, everybody. Good morning, everybody. I’m really happy to see you here. Welcome to San Diego. I hope that you will have a very enlightened time here. And hopefully, we’ll get to answer a lot of your questions.

I wanted to introduce to you a very, very special person, who I’m very fond of on many levels. She’s a terrific human being. She is a very smart, charismatic, caring person, and an incredibly good dentist. So, please help me welcome Dr. Paige Woods.

Dr. Paige Woods: Thank you. Thank you so much. I’m so happy to be here with you guys today. I’m a in San Diego, and what makes it even more special to be here at UCSD talking to you guys about what I do.

So, let’s get started. You know, I’m constantly asked. People ask me where should they go to research, where should they go to find out what’s best for them. I know that with social media and with the Internet, if a patient gets a cough and they go to WebMD, they’re going to think they have cancer. So, we’re given tons of information, but who’s right?

And what I always tell my patients is, first and foremost, you have to trust yourself. If something doesn’t smell right, doesn’t sit with you right, then trust yourself and keep digging.

And that’s basically how I wrote my practice. And why my patients come to me is because they have kept pushing the limit and pushing the boundaries and asking why. Stepping away from the social norms, they find their way to me.

So, why do we need to take responsibility of our health? In dentistry, we’re taught to restore teeth. We’re given this list of materials and we learned everything there is to know about it –the bond strength, the compression strength, the sheer strength, everything you can possibly know, elasticity. But there’s no aspect really on the bio-compatibility of these materials—which I’ve always had an issue with it.

So, I think that that’s another thing that’s missing in this field. We have dental amalgams, for instance. They contain mercury. And we’ll talk about this a lot during this lecture. But another thing is for my pediatric patients. When they have decay that extends to the nerve, the standard of care is to remove the decay. We take a piece of cotton, we dip into formocresol which has formaldehyde in it, and we soak that tooth with this material. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic. It’s known to be carcinogenic. And then we have root canal sealers that are toxic as well.

So, there are all of these things that we’re putting into our mouths that contain non-toxic materials. By just stepping aside and asking, “Wait, what?” I think that that’s what makes us intelligent human beings.

We’ll get to some of these other things a little bit later, but just start kind of planting the seed.

So, my hope for you today is to provide you guys with a litte bit of knowledge to take with you to your healthcare provider and make sure that you’re getting the care that you want.

So, when patients come to me every day, these are the number one concerns that they have. They want to know about their silver fillings. Are they toxic? Are they good for them? Are they hurting them? What’s the deal, just the different metals on their mouth?

Root canals, root canals is another big issue right now as well as gum disease.

So, our mercury fillings, 50% mercury. So, aside from being 50% mercury, this is some of the things that we see everday. And just looking at the pictures, you have to ask yourself, “Do I want this in my mouth?” Let’s take mercury out of the equation. Do I still want this rusting piece of metal in my mouth?

So, aside from that, now let’s talk about the composition. It is 50% mercury. And that’s not according to me. That’s according to Health &Human Services which is the government.

We have these mercury restorations. How did we get it? Well, it goes back a long ways. It goes back to 1833 when two Frenchmen brought it over. They realized it was an easy to use material. They were able to place them into teeth and restore these teeth. We didn’t have anything else, and patients were able to function.
So, 10 years later, that was the standard of care. Everyone was using it. It makes sense.

But the American Society of Dental Surgeons caught on to the fact—and they were the ones that said, “Hey, it’s got 50% mercury. How can this be okay for the patient? How can this be healthy?” They wanted to eliminate it. And instead of that being eliminated, the mercury fillings being eliminated, the American Dental Association was founded and the American Society of Dental Surgeons was disbanded. So, the ADA has been a strong proponent of dental amalgam ever since.

So, as I was saying, mercury was one of the most toxic elements. It’s actually the third most toxic element according to Health & Human Services behind arsenic and lead. This is not me. This is not me telling you how to live your life, me telling you something is good or bad. This is the government. This is Health & Human Services telling you that mercury is the third most toxic substance and 50% of these fillings are mercury.

So, if that hasn’t convinced you enough, when you go to your dentist or in my own office—well, I don’t have this metal in my office. But if your dentist does have it in their office, this is a label from one of the containers that contains the mercury or amalgam for placing in these restorations. And right here, it says, “Warning: May cause neurotoxic and nephrotoxic effects.” So, you’re going to have neurotoxic and kidney devastating effects. This is the label. So that’s the toxicity based on the mercury content.

Let’s talk about just the fact of having the metal on your mouth. So if you think about highschool chemistry, highschool science classes, when you heat up a metal, it expands. You eat hot and cold food, this metal expands and contracts.

Well, teeth are really strong when they’re whole and there hasn’t been anything placed in them. You can put a lot of pressure. I mean, we put 250 lbs. of pressure on our molars. So, we have really strong jaws. But now you have a wedge inside of your tooth that’s expanding and contracting and it’s creating these cracks, and also, open margins. So, it expands, contracts, expands, contracts. You have all these openings for bacteria. Microscopic bacteria just flows right in.

So, aside from the toxicity effect, it’s also not a good restorable material based on the devastating effects long-term.

I can’t tell you how many clients—everyday, I do at least one (and mostly like two to three crowns) a day just because of the fractures that occur with these restorations.

Once we remove the amalgam—actually, this is a really nice picture. I know, this is not bad. But you can actually see here, you see this crack, it runs all the way across, all the way across. And sometimes, these teeth, this crack runs so deep that it runs to the root of the tooth and the tooth actually has to be extracted. So, a simple filling turns into a tooth extraction.

But there is good news. We are able to remove these amalgams in a safe way and restore them. This is a case from our office. We removed the metal, the mercury fillings, and we replaced it with some porcelain inlays and onlays. It looks much better.

So, a lot of times, my patients come in, and they’ve done a little bit of research—I’m really happy that they have. They’re on the right path. They’ve made the decision to have these toxic restorations removed—and they want to know what my protocol of choice is, if it’s Huggins or International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. These are all very great protocols. The fact that they’re removing these toxic restorations, A+.

But you’re taking your eye off the 8 ball. The key is making sure that none of these metal and this metal material is going to be ingested or inhaled when we remove it. And that all starts with this nice sealed rubber dam.

This is water-tight. We test it. Once we put this on, we put a clamp, we test it with water, we ask the patient, “Are you getting anything in?” before we even do this.

We add a second layer of protection. We use some homeopathy remedies to make sure. We give our patients a couple of tablets. If anything gets in—which it doesn’t—if anything does, it allows the body to flush that mercury out rather than being absorbed into the fatty tissues.

So, we have our rubber dam, our sealed rubber dam. We place an oxygen mask over the patient’s nose to make sure that none of these toxic gas is being inhaled.

And we section out the metal pieces. We section it out. We use electric hand pieces that we’re able to put the RPMs way down, so that it doesn’t heat up this metal too much, and we section these pieces out.

So again, this goes over our protocol that we used in our office. And we’ve had great success. We kind of combined a couple of different protocols, and it works.

So, some other things your dentist should be using in the office is homeopathy, acupuncture, a lot of natural ventilation, nutritional guidance, and of course, quadrant dentistry. We want to take care of each quadrant at a time.

So, once you remove these metal fillings, then what? What are we going to replace them with?

So, we have a couple of different options. We have composites and we have porcelain. Composites is basically plastic and glass. It’s not baked. And then, you have porcelain which is baked glass.

With the composites, unfortunately, at this point in time, we don’t have a perfect material. We have two types of composites. Ninety-nine percent of the composites out there in the market now contain BPAs. In my office, it doesn’t have BPAs in it, but it does have a little bit of flouride which we’re not a fan of. We don’t use flouride in our office, but this is the one material that does have it. We just find that we would rather sacrifice and have a minute amount of flouride versus containing a large amount of BPAs. We tend to go that way.

When I’m talking over these issues with what the options are with my patients, I put it really simply as, “Would you rather eat your food on a China plate or a plastic plate?” It’s up to them. But at least the choices are known.

So, I think that more and more dentists are starting to join and they’re starting to realize that these mercury fillings or amalgam fillings are not healthy. I’m actually really happy to see that dentistry is changing course. It’s taken a long time I think from what, 1833 to now. We’re starting to slowly move away, but we’re getting there.
So, oral and systemic disease, it’s all connected. There had been countless of research done showing that there was a direct connection between periodontal disease. And that’s been known for 15 years at least—hardcore evidence.

And then, lately, the ADA came out with a study that said that there actually isn’t. But I think that there’s more to that. I don’t believe that. I think that due to malpractice, if a periodontal condition isn’t seen or diagnosed, that the dentist is going to be liable for malpractice with their heart disease. So, I don’t believe that. There’s just too much evidence showing otherwise.

In the gums, you have a large amount of vasculature; in the teeth, you do as well. And it’s a direct connection to your heart. It’s commonsense.

So, what is periodontal disease is when we have a patient that has a large amount of bacteria that basically starts to form here. And it eats away. It’s anaerobic bacteria, so it doesn’t like oxygen.

So, when I have a patient that has four, five, six millimeter pockets, they’re not able to clean here. A normal toothbrush can get two to three millimeters if you’re really diligent. But once we get past that, this bacteria is just having a field day. It’s just going to town.

This is actually really interesting. So, some of that bacteria that we found in the bottoms of those pockets that I just showed you, they also found that same bacteria in patients that have pancreatic cancer. And yet, it’s not all connected.

So, how do you know if you have periodontal disease? Here, we have some areas where we have moderate gingivitis, and we’re getting into some moderate periodontitis here. You can see the recession, the gum tissue. And then, when you get to the more advanced—and we see this in our office actually more frequently than you would realize.

How do we treat it? In our office, we take a little bit of a different approach. Of course, we want to use our traditional hygiene—brush, floss. But with our patients, we find that the biggest resource that we can have is by their homecare.

You come to our office, you see our hygienist every four months? Then how is that bacteria being eliminated between then? I mean, do you clean your house every four months? No! You need a maintenance every day to allow new growth to attach to that tooth.
So, in our practice, we use ozone because it’s three molecules of oxygen. When you have these anaerobic bacteria, bacteria that hates oxygen, and you’re throwing three oxygen molecules at it, it’s the most we can do to try to eliminate this bacteria.

So, we have our patients buy a water pick. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. We just want a reservoir. We have them buy an ozone machine. You ozonate the water, and they basically put the ozone water, the ozone-infused water down into those pockets. That helps to eradicate that bacteria. And by doing that every day, we’re seeing these four, five, six millimeter pockets become those two, three and four—and even better.

And here are some of the statistics for an ozone machine that we recommend. Feel free to email me about this so we can help you.

And again, this is just talking about the water pick. I even have all my ortho patients, I tell them to use it because it’s harder to floss. The most important thing to realize is you’re just trying to flush that bacteria out.

I don’t want to say that it’s not important to keep coming to your hygienist. It absolutely is. You need to have the tartar removed. We learned how to brush our teeth when we’re really young. We all kind of get in there and go to town, but there are places that we miss. So, you have to continue to come to your hygienist and keep having these pockets measured to make sure that we’re getting new reattachment.

So, aside from hygiene and using ozone, some other things that we see that causes increased periodontal pockets and periodontal disease is a lot of crowding. Our teeth are supposed to be aligned in a certain fashion to where your saliva just flows through and it eliminates naturally this bacteria. But when you have all of these crowding, even the patient with the most diligent hygiene, it’s almost impossible. They’re just set up for failure. You’re going to see a plaque trapped here. You’re going to see it here.

Not only that, a lot of times, when they have this, some teeth are being worn more than others. You’ll see a lot of wear on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. So, we absolutely want—of course, there’s an aesthetic component of the braces which that’s the majority of why people get them. But what I care about is just the health of their mouth and eliminating these pockets and areas for bacteria to sequester.

So, it’s not perfect for every patient, but a lot of our patients are able to use these clear braces. They’re BPA-free. A lot of times, our patients don’t want to have metal in their mouth. So, this is a great alternative.

Okay! So, the big hot topic is root canals. I see patients every day. They’ve done a lot of research, and they want to know, “Is this root canal causing cancer? Is this root canal hurting me? Is it making me sick?” That’s a valid question. So, what is a root canal?
So, inside of this canal, you have a nerve, you have an artery and you have a vein. And when you have decay or trauma or something that causes this nerve to die, we have to have it removed.
So, we open the tooth. We open this up and clean all of these out and fill this area. That is a root canal.

So, traditional root canals are done with Gutta Percha and that sealant—that sealant that I was telling you about that’s made of a really toxic material. We have more bio-compatible materials now thankfully that I will recommend to some of my patients depending on their own situation.

So, traditional root canal materials, it’s a hydrophobic material. So, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually starts to shrink. And over time, these materials shrink anyway.
So, if you think about this, when you fill this area with a material that’s starting to shrink and get smaller, it basically becomes a place where bacterial can just come and re-infest this canal. Whereas the new bio-compatible materials that are on the market and that we use in our office, when it comes into contact with moisture, it actually expands. So, it eliminates any of those pocketings or voids for bacteria to enter. And again, this is the traditional root canal material.

So, aside from whether or not we can do root canals with the bio-compatible materials or not, most of the patients that come in have done some research and they have come across Dr. Weston Price.

So, in 1920, Dr. Price did a study where he took some root canal treated tooth from some patients that had some systemic conditions. One patient had had a heart attack, and they took this tooth out. Another patient had diabetes. So, they had some of these root canal-treated teeth. He implanted them under the skin of some rabbits.

Eighty-eight percent of those rabbits developed the systemic condition that the patient had had that had the root canal-treated tooth. For instance, one of the patients had a heart attack. The rabbit had a heart attack after having this root canal placed under the tissue.

So, not only Weston Price, but the Mayo Clinic also had research as well showing the bacteria lodged in these root canal-treated teeth were connected to some of these systemic conditions.

So now that we know that, what do we do? That’s what my patients come to me. They’ve done this research. They have this information. They have this knowledge. It’s out there. It’s not a secret. What do we do?

This is the part that I love about my job. It’s because each patient is unlike any other patient.

So, we evaluate the tooth. I look at their situation. We look at the tooth. Does it have an infection? If it does have an infection, is it a tooth that they need for chewing? If we extract it, are we going to be able to utilize other teeth around it to replace it with a bridge? Do we have enough bone there for an implant?

These are the questions that I ask myself, ask the patient. We have to come up with a gameplan.

We also look at the systemic conditions of a patient. If this tooth is on a meridian where they have some other manifestation—let’s say they have a premolar that is infected and they have breast cancer along that meridian—I’m absolutely going to say, “No way! Get it out.” So, every case is evaluated individually.

Systemic manifestations on that meridian, are there life-threatening health challenges. Do we want to add to that possibility of introducing more bacteria into their system or is it better just to get rid of it completely? At the end of the day, it’s just a tooth. Their life matters more.

So, here are some examples of our tooth-organ relationship. Like I was saying, with the premolar, any breast cancer, thyroid, we’re not going to want to mess with that, a lower molar—and this is all online, this tooth-organ relationship. So, if you have any root canals that you’ve been questioning having re-treated or having removed, you can look this up and evaluate it.

So, with the bio-compatible option, if there is not a systemic condition along that meridian and the tooth is needed for function, then we do have an option. And this is what I will talk to my patients about.

So, it doesn’t use Gutta Percha, and it doesn’t have the hydrophobic sealers. It has this hydrophilic points that actually expand.
And here’s a research article basically talking about how it will expand when it comes into contact with moisture.

A little bit more about this study. I don’t want to bore you guys. You guys can look this up.

So, what’s my position on the root canals? I’m not an advocate for it. I’m totally opposed to it when it’s used with traditional materials. But it’s not off the table. I feel like that’s doing a disservice to my patients. I don’t want my patients to think if they come to me, we’ll have all your root canals removed. I can’t buy that.

But each patient, they’re an individual. They’re unlike anyone else. I need them to come to my office. Let’s sit down, let’s talk about it, let’s evaluate their case individually.

So, let’s say that we’ve decided to actually remove the tooth, then what are our options? Do we just leave it alone? Absolutely not. We have options.

So, what is the best thing? We have implants, bridges and removable partials. Maryland bridges aren’t done very much these days just because it takes a lot of maintenance. You have to have them recemented every few years or so. We’ll talk about it, but I think people are more in line with implants and bridges.

So, an implant is a titanium or a zirconium screw that’s put into the bone. We allow it to heal for a few months. And then ,we uncover it and then we can place a crown on it.

During those four months, the body will osteointegrate and basically move into the threads of this implant, and it’s accepted as part of the body and part of the bone.

You can see the threads. There’s bone going straight into these. It’s totally integrated. It’s solid.

Zirconia implants are also on the market. The problem with these right now is that it’s all one piece here—not to mention that it’s larger. So, it’s a ceramic implant. It has to be larger so that it can take on the mastication forces. You have all these micro-fractures that can occur if it’s smaller.

So, they’re still in the research and development phase right now. With it being one piece, the patient is able to actually bite on it immediately which I’m not a fan of because it’s not allowing the bone to actually integrate into the implant.

So, there is hope for having zirconia implants. They have come out with something that has two individual pieces, but they’re having problems with the attachment of the two pieces. So, for now, I’m not ready to advice my patients to go in this direction until I see a little bit more success. So, there are options.

If they don’t have enough bone, and there aren’t teeth for an implant—I mean for a bridge—then we can do something that’s removable to help them to bite.

This is what we do in the majority of cases. If a patient has restorations on two adjacent teeth here and we have to remove a tooth, then it’s kind of killing two birds with one stone. We can clean up those two adjacent teeth and place a bridge, a porcelain bridge.

If the two teeth are virgin teeth, then I would probably go more towards an implant.

And this is that Maryland bridge. This is not as common, but it’s still an option. So, you can ask your dentist how they feel and if you’re a candidate for them. Again, every case needs to be evaluated individually.

So, to reiterate, are there systemic manifestations along the meridien of the affected tooth? Are there life-threatening health challenges? And will intervention improve or decrease the quality of life? If we remove that tooth, are they not going to be able to eat on that side?

So, those are the things that we address in our office. I really appreciate you guys listening to what I have to say. Feel free to come and see us at Brighton Dental. Thank you. Thank you so much.

For a holistic dental consultation with Dr. Woods, call (619) 359-6569

Your Hybridge Questions: FAQs About Full Mouth Restorations

Choosing to have Hybridge full mouth restoration for your failing or missing teeth is a big decision. At Brighton Dental San Diego‚ we know you have questions. That’s why Dr. Paige Woods and our team are ready to assist you before‚ during and after your treatment.

As you consider Hybridge‚ here are some questions that may come to your mind – along with helpful answers you can use:

Can I get Hybridge restorations if I have jaw bone issues?

There’s great news for most people who have been told they don’t have enough jaw bone for regular implants. The Hybridge process can be successful for many clients who have been told they’re ineligible for dental implants because of lack of jaw bone into which to place the implants. With this process‚ you may still need bone grafts which add to the healing time (a CT scan will tell the story)‚ but in general‚ the process uses bone that our clients already have – so bone augmentation may not be necessary.

Can I go back to work immediately after Hybridge surgery?

The most invasive part of the Hybridge full arch restoration process once any existing teeth are removed is the insertion of the implants on which the prosthesis sits. You will probably need a few days to recover from this surgery. You will very likely have only a little discomfort‚ but you may have some bruising. About 20 percent of patients have bruising to some degree. In most cases‚ however‚ you can return to your full schedule of activities in 3 to 5 days.

Will I have to permanently avoid some foods?

The Hybridge full arch restoration you have fitted at Brighton Dental in San Diego is made to handle normal chewing‚ but even natural teeth have limitations. Your Hybridge restoration can be chipped if you eat something that’s harder than it is. This means you should avoid ice‚ bones‚ hard candies‚ popcorn kernels and perhaps even some nuts and hard pretzels. If your restoration is damaged‚ the cost to fix it is usually comparable to having a filling done – and the repair can be completed at the Hybridge lab in only a few days.

Does insurance cover Hybridge restorations?

You cannot depend on most dental insurance companies to cover the cost of this type of implant–mounted arch restoration. For the final word, you must contact your insurance company directly – because there are more insurance plan types than ever before. If implants of this type are covered‚ you will likely be subject to a yearly maximum benefit. Medical insurance companies will not cover Hybridge restorations‚ and neither will Medicare or Medicaid.

Your Hybridge Questions: FAQs About Full Mouth Restorations

What ages is Hybridge appropriate for?

There’s no minimum or maximum age limit. The best candidate is someone who heals well‚ and that can be true at any age. Smokers often take longer to heal. To determine if Hybridge is right for you‚ our team will evaluate you carefully – and offer you other options if they are more appropriate. If healing is a concern‚ we can speak with your physician to see if there are any issues that would prevent you from having Hybridge restorations.

Answers Always Available

Have more questions? We’re always here for you. Set up your appointment with Brighton Dental now – and come ready to ask questions. For every dental and oral health question you may have, we have answers and solutions.

At Brighton Dental‚ we’ll help you look‚ feel‚ eat and function better with Hybridge and a range of other simple and innovative solutions. And you’ll love our gentle dental approach to patient care. Why not reach out to us right away? You’ll be glad you did.

Stop The Endless Cycle Of Temporary Dental Fixes And Failures With Hybridge

Stop The Endless Cycle Of Temporary Dental Fixes And Failures With Hybridge

If your teeth have been compromised by decay‚ disease or injury‚ now may be the right time to push aside the endless repetition of expensive restorations and failures and go for a permanent solution. Crowns‚ bridges and even dentures are temporary solutions‚ but the Hybridge dental implant full arch treatment – available now from Dr. Paige Woods and Brighton Dental San Diego – is a restoration that can last a lifetime.

Plus‚ it can be more affordable than other implant solutions‚ and you can’t beat the beauty and durability of Hybridge.

An American Lab–Created Restoration

When you select Hybridge full arch restoration‚ you’ll enjoy benefits every day of your life. You’ll be able to eat better‚ smile better and look better – and the treatment process is quicker than with most other implant–based solutions.

Each Hybridge restoration is made in the United States at the Hybridge lab to ensure that it precisely conforms to your needs and fits perfectly. This lab is equipped with precise technology and a team of craftspeople who ensure that the company’s specifications are met.

With your new implant–based restoration‚ you’ll have beautiful teeth that work like they should – and just as importantly‚ you’ll have a healthy mouth without disease‚ inflammation or infection. This can help enhance and improve your overall quality of life. Imagine better comfort‚ increased confidence‚ easy maintenance and more – for many years‚ perhaps the rest of your life.

An End To The Cycle Of Frustration And Pain

Please understand that there are many whole arch restorations available – and not all are of equal quality. With so many choices for you and Dr. Woods to consider together‚ it’s essential that you understand the massive differences in outcomes of each of these treatments‚ something we will explain to you as we help you make your final decision. At other dental clinics in the San Diego area‚ you might not realize the limitations of the full arch restoration solution you’ve chosen until you’re in the middle of the treatment and restoration process‚ too late to turn back.

We’ve encountered many former patients of other dentists who didn’t know what they were sacrificing or committing to when they chose a different solution. They came to us with the hope of righting the situation‚ and in many cases we’ve been able to confidently recommend Hybridge and finally restore their smile and function.

With so many restoration options on the market‚ we can’t list the pros and cons of each one‚ but we can tell you these benefits of Hybridge:

  • Hybridge is designed to be long–lasting‚ not designed to be replaced.
  • Hybridge is supported on 5 to 6 implants per section‚ not an array of expensive individual implants and not unsupported like dentures.
  • Hybridge restoration can be completed in as little as 2 weeks if your teeth have already been removed and there is no disease present.
  • Hybridge is more affordable over the long term that most other full arch restoration solutions.

When you select Hybridge‚ you’re selecting a high–quality implant–mounted arch made of acrylic over metal or Zirconia‚ depending on the product you choose. And you’re never alone in the decision–making process. Contact us now at Brighton Dental in San Diego for your Hybridge consultation. If this solution doesn’t work for you‚ we have others to offer.

Dr. Paige Woods is an expert at finding the right solution for every dental and oral health issues – and we never leave anyone without options for a brighter‚ healthier smile and better quality of life. Why not reach out to us now and get started on your better life?

How Root Canals and Cavitations Can Encourage Lyme Disease

Common dental problems many people find themselves having are root canals and cavitations. While these are similar issues‚ they also are very different. Because of this‚ it might be a little difficult to fully understand what they are and how they can be treated‚ especially if you have Lyme disease. This article will explore more behind these two problems and how you can have them treated by Dr. Woods.

What are Root Canals and Cavitations?

Root canals are when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected‚ usually because of bacteria. Your dentist will work to remove the infected area causing inflammation‚ disinfect it‚ and then seal the opening up so bacteria does not continue to cause problems.

Cavitations are a bit difficult to tell if you have sometimes. They involve a hole being formed into the bottom of the tooth near the jaw by harmful bacteria. However‚ the one major problem about them is that they can often go undetected unlike root canals. Many people might not realize they have this dental issue because there are often no visible symptoms and they can’t be detected without the help of X-rays.

Signs of Lyme Disease in the Body

One of the first places you’ll find symptoms of Lyme disease is in the mouth. Some of the most common symptoms include a dry mouth‚ tooth sensitivity‚ inflamed gums‚ and even facial paralysis.

How Infected Root Canals and Cavitations Can Hurt Lyme Disease Treatment

Surprisingly‚ root canals and cavitations can actually discourage Lyme disease treatment from working. The mouth is connected to your body’s immune system which is attacked by Lyme disease. Sometimes dental treatments can harbor bacteria that ruins your Lyme disease treatment because they invite certain chemicals into your mouth‚ such as when you get metal fillings for root canals.

How Root Canals and Cavitations Can Encourage Lyme Disease

Root canals are an infected area around a tooth. Because of this‚ they often have openings which encourage bacteria to grow in it. This can actually cause it to get into the bloodstream and form many other problems down the road if not treated immediately‚ such as severe swelling in the mouth.

If you have a cavitation‚ these can especially be harmful to your recovery. This is because these holes can prevent the treatment from protecting your brain from the disease which can encourage more bacteria to grow in your body. Because of their strange location beneath the tooth‚ it can also make it a bit difficult for Lyme disease treatment to reach all areas of your body which can prevent the treatment from being effective.

How to Treat These Problems

The first step to treating these problems is to talk with a . Your holistic dentist already understands the connections between Lyme disease and root canals or cavitations so they can create a treatment plan that will work best for you.

Most of the time‚ surgery will be recommended so the dead and infected area can be removed. Another option you might be recommended to try is x-tip ozone injections. This involves your dentist injecting ozone into your jaw which can help to open up the area so the bacteria can drain.

Your holistic dentist might also encourage you to detox your mouth with the use of coffee enemas or castor oil. These can reduce inflammation and help to stop these problems from occurring again.

Ways to Prevent These Problems From Happening

While you can’t always prevent root canals and cavitations from occurring, you can take a few steps to help do so.

Eat Food That Helps Your Immune System

Eating food that supports your immune system can significantly help to prevent Lyme disease‚ root canals‚ and cavitations from happening. Some to consider are garlic‚ spinach‚ and yogurt.

Get Monthly Dental Checkups

Another way to help prevent these problems from happening is to get monthly dental checkups. With each appointment‚ your dentist can keep an eye out for possible problems and give you some tips as to how you can have better oral health.

Use Fluoride–Free Dental Products

Most dental products use fluoride as a way to prevent tooth damage. However‚ sometimes using too many products with fluoride can be harmful. This is because the composition of this chemical can cause jaw and tooth issues down the road if you use it too much. Because of this‚ look to use fluoride–free dental products as much as possible.

Finding out you have root canals or cavitations when you have Lyme disease can be a little daunting. However, by keeping the information and tips mentioned above in mind‚ you can be sure you can work to help boost your immune system and overall dental health so your body can heal.


The Dangers of Cavitations

People who have had a tooth extraction‚ wisdom teeth removal or root canal may have relief from dental issues. However‚ there is much to be worried about after these dental procedures. Apart from the traumatic experience and not so fun recovery‚ the procedure may also lead to health issues. The same case applies to those who have had an injury to the teeth and jaw. This happens when holes‚ known as cavitations‚ form when bacteria are trapped inside the post–surgery area‚ or there is incomplete healing and filing up. These dental processes do not always result in cavitation. However‚ those undergoing the procedures are at a high risk.

The Real Cause

Cavitations harbor bacteria and their toxins. After a root canal‚ bacteria may not be adequately eliminated. The bacteria get trapped inside the cavity and release toxins which are circulated in the body and cause serious health conditions. Likewise‚ when a tooth is extracted under a normal situation‚ the periodontal ligament is left behind. Ligaments are the tissues that attach the teeth to the surrounding jawbone. If the area is not cleaned adequately‚ toxins may remain and build up within the ligament. These toxins also combine with heavy metals and chemicals resulting in more toxic residues.

How is a Cavitation Formed?

When these bacteria at the post–surgical site spread‚ they attach onto the jaw creating a hole. The hole is filled with decaying bones where bacteria‚ as well as fungi and viruses‚ thrive and multiply. As these microorganisms multiply and the area of dead bone enlarges‚ the toxins produced circulate in the body and inhibit important enzymes. The neurotoxins also lead to serious health conditions in the body.

The Dangers of Cavitations

How Do you Know you Have a Cavitation?

Cavitations can be visually detected and do not exhibit normal symptoms of an infection such as inflammation and redness. You can thus have this chronic infection and not know it for ages. One of the symptoms of cavitation is excruciating jaw pain. The infection can also spread‚ thereby weakening the neighboring teeth‚ and can lead to tooth loss. People suffering from chronic health condition should consider getting diagnosed for cavitations as it is also a possible cause.

How to Get Checked for Cavitations

An x-ray can detect cavitations though not so clearly. They are usually portrayed as a phantom tooth image after an x-ray‚ and unless a dentist is particularly checking for cavitation‚ the area may just appear normal. There are other diagnostic tools which can pinpoint the problem and assess the extent of the cavitation to guide the treatment. These include CAT scans‚ ConeBeam CT Scan‚ CAVITAT‚ and other diagnostic imaging.

Cavitation Treatment

Once a cavitation is confirmed‚ treatment begins. The area is surgically debrided to remove the osteonecrotic area. Other methods may also be employed to complement the surgical removal. These methods include light therapy and the use of ozone gas. These treatments destroy the bacteria creating an environment that facilitates healing. Other natural remedies can also be added to aid in the removal of toxins. The treatment provides relief for health conditions that result from the infections by eliminating the load of toxins.

Are Dentists Taking Extra Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

You might think that now’s a bad time to be a dentist. After all‚ the COVID-19 virus is apparently spread through respiratory droplets‚ mucus and perhaps saliva – all things that Dr. Paige Woods and the staff at Brighton Dental come into contact with regularly at our San Diego dental clinic.

But along with other dentists around the nation‚ we–re following the guidelines and advice of the CDC and the American Dental Association‚ keeping ourselves and our patients as safe as possible during this global health crisis.

Are Dentists Taking Extra Precautions To Prevent Coronavirus Spread?

Let’s face it: We all come into contact with bacteria‚ viruses‚ fungi and other germs all the time. But dental practices can do a number of things to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus‚ the flu and other things we need to stay away from. Specific actions we can take include:

  • Disinfecting high–touch surfaces more than ever before.
  • Keeping tools and other things not in use covered.
  • Insisting on more protective gear for patients and staff.
  • Spacing out dental appointments so that fewer people are in the office at one time.
  • Contacting patients in advance of an office visit to make sure they aren’t sick.
  • Checking the temperature of all staff‚ patients and others entering the practice.
  • Insisting on the use of cloth or other face masks.
  • Asking patients about travel history and potential viral contact.
  • Requesting that patients not arrive early or use the waiting room.
  • Asking that adults not bring anyone with them to their appointment.

You can be sure that Dr. Paige Woods is doing everything possible to keep herself and her patients safe. In fact‚ at Brighton Dental in San Diego‚ everyone is making especially sure that all current protocols are being followed – so we can all emerge from this crisis healthy and happy for the next phase of our lives.

Dr. Woods Is Prepared To Serve You During COVID-19

We don’t know how long the current coronavirus pandemic will last‚ but we do know that we’re ready to serve you. Dr. Paige Woods and the team at Brighton Dental in San Diego have always been cautious‚ careful and conscientious‚ and that’s the case now more than ever before.

In addition to what we’ve always done‚ we’ve added a long list of protocols to our usual array of tasks. It has slowed us down a bit‚ but we’re taking fewer patients and spacing them out more to help with social distancing and make sure service quality is always top–notch. Here are some new steps we’re taking:

Dr. Woods Is Prepared To Serve You During COVID-19

  • Our team is paying special attention to sanitizing switch plates‚ doorknobs and other high–touch surfaces at our San Diego dental office.
  • We’re training every team member in special protocols to prevent further spreading the coronavirus so that we’re all as prepared as possible for fending off this public health threat.
  • A team member has been designated to be in charge of special precautions and keep us all in check to make sure we don’t violate our own plan or any new guidance from the CDC or the American Dental Association.
  • We’re making sure our team members have been screened by temperature check and questioning before each shift – because we can’t keep you safe if we’re sick ourselves.
  • More attention is being paid to what we wear and where we change so that any germs we should pick up aren’t transferred to patients or taken out of our office on our clothing.
  • You’ll see us using more and different personal protective gear than before‚ in some cases items designed specifically for certain tasks so we can make extra sure we’re preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Make an appointment now to see Dr. Paige Woods – and see what–s changed. Everything we do is ultimately intended to help you have the best life possible.

What Are MOPs? And How Can They Make Braces Or Aligners Work Better?

Allow the Brighton Dental team in San Diego to provide you faster and more predictable orthodontic treatment with micro-osteoperforations – or MOPs. Dr. Paige Woods and our staff are pleased be able to use a Propel Excellerator Series product that’s FDA-cleared for creating MOPs and therefore improving the results you get from aligners or braces.

While results vary, of course, you may be able to complete your journey through orthodontic treatment as much as 2.3 times quicker than with the orthodontics alone.


But What Is Or Are MOPs?

While it’s a big term, the idea is simple. Micro-osteoperforation is a technique that involves creating tiny “dental dimples” that allows for stimulation of bone remodeling. This means teeth can move quicker and more certainly in the way Dr. Woods wants until they reach the ideal positioning.

Please understand that the process of creating MOPs to improve your orthodontic treatment isn’t a long, continuous or repeated process. The process is done here at Brighton Dental and can be completed during a regular appointment in just a few minutes. Here are the 3 steps involved:

  1. We examine and evaluate the area to be treated.
  2. We rinse your mouth with Chlorhexidine (an antiseptic and disinfectant) and apply a topic anesthetic.
  3. We use a small device to create the MOPs in the desired area of stimulation.

Then you can go on with your day – right away.


Dental Dimples Could Help You

MOPs or dental dimples are a sensible treatment for many orthodontic patients – whether just starting your treatment or already underway. If the goal is quick results, MOPs can work with your own body and let biology stimulate the bony areas surrounding your teeth. We’ve found that most orthodontic patients are a good match for this smart and innovative therapy.

Why not finish faster with MOPs? Speak with us now and let us assist you in deciding if dental dimples can help you get better orthodontic results.



Reduce Treatment Time And Discomfort With Revolutionary At-Home VPro+

Did you know that more comfortable and quicker orthodontic treatment is possible when you use VPro+ just 5 minutes every day? But what is? And how does it help?

At Brighton Dental San Diego we’re pleased to provide the option of using the remarkable VPro+ device from Propel Orthodontics –  a respected maker of dental devices and products – during your orthodontic treatment to help cut down the length of your treatment and free you from any pain you might have experienced.

This high-frequency device delivers gentle vibrations that help your orthodontic treatment work more quickly and more painlessly. And all you have to do is use this simple, comfortable and easy-to-use dental device 5 minutes each day.

Reduce Treatment Time And Discomfort With Revolutionary At-Home VPro+

Good, Good, Good – Good Vibrations!

VPro+ works mechanically as well as biologically by sending high-frequency vibrations into your mouth – painlessly, of course. The special array of vibrations provides these benefits:

  • Up to 64 percent reduction in treatment time
  • Quicker tooth movement
  • Less pain and discomfort
  • Great predictability of results
  • Improved seating of aligner trays
  • Easier wearing of retainer trays
  • And more.

What are the features of the VPro+? Here are some details about how easy it is to use this device:

  • You only need to wear it 5 minutes per day.
  • It can be charged wirelessly.
  • It’s totally waterproof.
  • It includes a travel case for use on the road.
  • A mobile app helps you understand and use the device.

Really? An App Too?

Your orthodontic experience can be better across the board and more consistent as well when you enjoy the VPro+ patient app designed to help you keep your treatment on track. You can chart your daily and weekly usage of the device, share results with Dr. Woods and get help finding the device with one click if you happen to have misplaced.

Get your best possible orthodontic outcome quicker than you ever imagined. It’s possible with Brighton Dental, Dr. Paige Woods and the amazing VPro+ device. Call 619-359-6569.

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?

What Constitutes A Dental Emergency?Many dental offices, including ours, have opted for the sake of our communities to only see emergency patients until the current COVID-19 crisis passes. So the current question becomes, what constitutes a dental emergency?

What DOES NOT qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Pain that can be managed with over the counter medication
  2. Cases with mild inflammation (that can be treated at home

What DOES qualify as a dental emergency

  1. Substantial pain that cannot be taken care of with over the counter medication.
  2. Infection at a level that would otherwise cause you to go to a hospital emergency room.

We are here to help with the above dental emergencies, and will continue to abide by the latest CDA and ADA safety recommendations for at least the next two weeks.

We thank everyone for understanding, and helping us to do our part for the health and wellbeing of the community

Peace Of Mind (Corona Virus Measures at Brighton Dental)

Dear Patients,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and taking the proper precautions relating to the COVID-19 virus.

You may have heard government recommendations that that hospitals across the country “consider stopping elective surgery”. We believe they are making this recommendation to reserve hospital resources, including staff and supplies, for anticipated COVID-19 patients.

Our situation, like so many private medical practices, is different. We care only for healthy patients and recently self-imposed restrictions requiring anyone who had traveled by air domestically or internationally to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to coming to our practice.

As a result, our office will be closed to all but emergency cases for the next two weeks. If you are experiencing pain, and need to be seen earlier, we can still accommodate you during this period of time. 

We are considering booking Fridays and possibly Saturdays to accommodate patients after the two weeks since our schedule is pretty busy in general. Do not hesitate to reply to this email or call our office (619-640-5100) to schedule / reschedule your appointments accordingly.

We want to let our emergency patients know that we have taken additional safety measures. The strict sterilization guidelines in place in our practice make it one of the safest dental environments that you could be in. In additions we have implemented patient screenings as per CDA regulations, all equipment and surfaces are sterilized between patients, and masks and hand sanitizer are made available to everyone. We have taken the following additional measures for patient treatment:

– Avoiding or minimizing operations that can produce droplets or aerosols
– The use rubber dams in as many instances as possible.
– Rinsing the oral cavity slowly, avoiding unnecessary splatter.
– Using high-speed evacuation for all dental procedures producing an aerosol.
– Providing patients with the use an antimicrobial rinse before starting a dental procedure
– Avoiding or minimizing procedures that may induce coughing, such as routine intraoral X-rays.

We are also closely monitoring CDC guidelines and recommendations and adapting our processes accordingly.

In the best of times, we’re very proud that Brighton Dental has been a trusted resource for the San Diego community. In challenging times like these, we want you to assure you that being smart about what we do and keeping you safe are bywords for us and for our patient care team.

With Gratitude and Good Wishes,


Dr. Paige Woods, D.D.S.