Nutritional Support For Teeth & Gums

The biggest culprit in tooth decay today is sugars found in processed foods, candy, soft drinks, sweetened juices, and others foodstuff. Fructose, lactose, and glucose are all sugars that cause a rapid production of acid and the resulting destruction of teeth enamel, leading to tooth decay. The carbohydrates in sugars cause bacteria to grow rapidly, breaking down the body’s natural ability to resist attack. Research is indicating that even if you brush all of the offending sugars away from your teeth, just the simple act of eating these kinds of foods can increase the likelihood that your teeth will decay.


Cavities are formed when bacteria feed upon food particles that cling to the teeth or become stuck in crevices or grooves on the surface of teeth. In particular, the bacteria that are responsible for cavities love carbohydrates. As they feed, the bacteria secrete acid that compromises the integrity of the enamel which normally helps to protect teeth. The rate of secretion depends upon the type of carbohydrate that the bacteria are feeding upon – in other words, some sugars are worse than others.

To compound the problem, research conducted on lab rats at Loma Linda University has indicated that there is a definite relationship between what kind of food we eat and our ability to maintain good oral health, regardless of how well we brush and floss. In that study Dr. Ralph Steinman injected rats with a glucose solution so that the sugars introduced into the system would avoid contact with the teeth entirely. He found that glucose levels reversed the normal flow of fluid in the dentin tubules, resulting in all of the test animals developing severe tooth decay.  Although animal studies may not be entirely applicable to the human situation, the results clearly point to a need to take a closer look at how nutrition can impact oral health.


Good oral health is not just about limiting sugar as a way to avoid cavities. It’s also about learning how key nutrients such as minerals, antioxidants and vitamins can support strong teeth, healthy gums and bone. One supplement that is showing good results at reducing the risk of cavities is vitamin D. Vitamin D induces the production of naturally occurring enzymes called cathelicidin and defensins in the mouth, enzymes that support available antibacterial properties in the saliva.  Together these emzymes create a powerful antimicrobial peptide or protein which attacks oral bacteria known to cause cavities and tooth decay.

To take it to the next level, vitamin D taken in combination with a calcium supplement is proving to be a powerful blend of supplements that can prevent cavities. Not only is vitamin D naturally produced by the body in response to sunlight, but it comes with no side effects (unlike fluoride) – particularly when activated naturally though exposures to sunlight and/or as long as proper dosages are followed when using supplements. Foods rich in vitamin D include: shiitake and button mushrooms, mackerel and salmon, herring, tuna, catfish and eggs – among others – while green leafy vegetables are a good source for calcium – and calcium we already know it is necessary for bone health.


It is possible to change the course of tooth decay and increase oral healthfulness by maintaining good oral hygiene, adopting a routine of good nutrition and taking supplements aimed at increasing the health of teeth and gums. With just a little effort, it is also possible to strengthen and restore the teeth to perfect health.

People tend to think that teeth are something other than living organs – which is what they actually are. Having an understanding that teeth are alive gives us a chance to rethink how we treat our teeth, and points to the role nutrition can have on teeth and gums. Teeth are nourished both through the bloodstream as it flows into the root to the tooth’s pulp chamber and from saliva and food as it passes through the mouth. Therefore, it is vitally important to nourish the whole body in a manner that allows the blood to be rich in all elements the teeth require to maintain optimal healthfulness.

A healthy diet and body helps to ensure that the saliva will be high in calcium and phosphate. Through this process the daily deterioration caused by chewing and eating acidic foods, commonly called ‘demineralisation’ will be reduced by constant remineralization via healthy saliva balanced in the proper pH range and naturally filled with the necessary and important minerals. In other words, in addition to healthy supply of minerals provided by the bloodstream to the pulp of the tooth — inside the mouth the quality of saliva is of crucial importance in the prevention of tooth cavities since it is this medium which bathes and carries nutrition to teeth.


Recommended for healthy teeth: Calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables (for vitamins A and C), filtered water and tea

Not recommended for healthy teeth:  sticky foods that lodge between the teeth, snacking between meals, sweet drinks and snacks, acidic drinks

Natural dentistry has long believed that by maintaining a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise and using vitamin supplements a person can prevent, if not cure, tooth and gum disease. The best way to ensure that your teeth will be healthy for your whole life is to adopt a healthy eating plan, take supplements if you need to, and most importantly continue to practice good oral care and hygiene, which should include having your teeth professionally cleaned and seeing your dentist regularly.

Dental Cyst Assessment Using Three Dimensional (3D) Dental Imaging

Conventional regular two-dimensional X-rays (2D) are not always sufficient to determine the extent and nature of a bone lesion or a lesion of the jaw associated with a tooth. In some cases the very presence of a lesion is only verifiable with 3D imaging because often 2D imaging superimposes neighboring structures and the actual lesion becomes blurred or less visible.

The situation presented here is one where there was no pain or any other symptoms at all. The patient actually came in for an implant consultation and this cyst was discovered. The patient was immediately referred out for biopsy and treatment. The lesion was found to be benign, it was cleaned out and bone grafting done to correct the defect.

Using Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Technology To Plan Complex Implant Placement In The Maxilla

This is a case report published in Prexion3D’s December 2011 newsletter.  All phases of this case were completed by Dr. Noumbissi. A patient had a missing tooth in the anterior maxilla, 3D dental imaging technology (CBCT) and software (InVivo5) were utilized to adequately and accurately plan the placement and temporization of a metal free zirconia dental implant.

The  CBCT radiation from the Prexion is extremely low compared to medical CT scanners. The InVivo 5  software was used to perform virtual implant placement prior to surgery. From the  implant placement simulation a surgical guide was generated using CAD/CAM technology.  The surgical guide was then utilized to place the implant in a precise manner allowing for much safer and more predictable implant placement.
Sammy Noumbissi DDS MS

Using Cone Beam CT (CBCT) Technology to Plan Zirconia Implant Placement in a Bone Deficient Site.


Dental Emergencies


According to the American Dental Association, the difference between saving and losing a knocked out tooth, is the thirty minutes following the incident.

To save the tooth, follow these steps:

  • Rinse the tooth in tap water.
  • Avoid scrubbing the tooth.
  • Insert the tooth into the empty socket quickly.

If you are uncomfortable inserting the tooth, put the tooth in milk or water Get to the dentist immediately.


  • Broken tooth/Fractured tooth
  • Canker sores
  • Operculitis
Prexion Dental CAT Scan (CBCT)

Prexion Dental CAT Scan (CBCT)


PreXion 3D Excelsior CBCTThis technology unlike medical CAT scans uses of a cone shaped X-Ray beam, therefore the size of the scanner, the radiation dosage and time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. The cone beam CT scanner we have in our office is a Prexion 3D. This CBCT scanner (see photo) will rotate 360°around your head and only needs 19 seconds to capture multiple images of your head from different angles. As a result the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular medical CAT scanner. These images are then reconstructed with specialized software ( to create a 3D image of your internal anatomy. This protocol will help to visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally, assess risk, generate implant placement surgical guides and plan treatment and surgery.



Our State of the art facility is equipped with the most advanced technology available. We offer 3D dental imaging, Computer guided surgery, ultrasonic bone surgery, metal free dental implants and soft tissue laser therapy.

  • Digital X-rays
  • Intra Oral Camera
  • Sterilization and Patient Safety
  • Prexion – Dental CAT Scan (Cone Beam Computed Tomography)
  • Sony MD2GO High Definition Surgery camera
  • InVivo Dental Treatment Planning Software
  • Heine Surgical Loupes (Magnification for accurate and minimally invasive surgery)
  • PiezoSurgery (Ultrasonic Bone Surgery)/ No drilling during surgery
  • Ceraroot Ceramic Dental Implants
  • Ceraroot metal-free Ceramic implants
  • Z-Systems metal- free (ceramic) implants
  • X-Lase 1064 laser/Scalpel-free gum and implant surgery
  • DIO Implants
  • W&H Surgical Motors