if you wear a dental appliance at night...
a dry mouth & low pH will damage your teeth and cause retainer odor.
Great for aligners and retainers
Think Invisalign prevents cavities? Guess again.
Discusses the pH7Smile version of Retainer Gel.
Do you or your Dental Patients Suffer from Embarrassment & Harm from ‘Acid Mouth’?
A Novel Idea may help Dental Professionals reduce the effects of this common condition
The dental profession dropped the ball on the significant relationship between the stomach and the oral cavity – finally after nearly 100 years this has been re-discovered. As the restoration of damaged teeth is now a popular topic at advanced seminars requiring coordination of multi-disciplinary procedures, even the best tooth-borne restorations can be destroyed by the processes that caused the harm in the first place. You will soon learn this cycle may be preventable.
Damage to the dentition and symptoms can range from sensitivity to complete destruction down to and even below the gum level. Stomach acids do not only cause erosion- but it also acts as a formidable accelerator of decay. Some even believe nursing bottle caries may inspired by reflux.
Is it time to do more to stop the dental destruction?
Until now there has been little attention given to the effect of acid reflux on those wearing dental appliances. The wave of warm acid sweeps under the clear aligners/retainers/bruxism splints and snore guards and without the neutralizing effects of salvia can turn enamel and dentin into mush. Amazingly, these same appliances that trap the acid can instead be filled with a patented protective gel based on simple chemistry and anti-bacterial effects of baking soda and optimized xylitol.
Is GERD really that common?
‘Silent reflux’ -where the patient lacks symptoms- and those that have occasional to frequent heartburn easily make up 1/3 of the adult population and many teens are also sufferers. The traditional dental remedy of recommending a high fluoride toothpaste and optimal homecare are no match for the power of stomach acid. If you need proof -consider a case where a dental hygienist had 7 cavities linked to GERD.
The Perfect Storm
With obesity rates in the USA at 42.4% (2018), late night snacking and drinking at an all time high, hundreds of prescription medications causing xerostomia (dry mouth) and the popularity of recreational and medicinal marijuana use the dental profession would be negligent not to take this matter seriously. This is not a disease of meth addicts – it is most of your dental and orthodontic patients who are now told to wear dental appliances for life.
Dentist-inventor claims losing weight will reduce dental decay more than flossing?
This may sound ridiculous, but when you start to look closely it may turn out to be a fact. Dentists have long witnessed the accelerated decay in pregnant women who often suffer from both morning sickness and GERD. Even in this age of modern dentistry, the old wives’ tale that for every child a tooth is lost is
often a sad reality. An obese person or one with reflux is essentially suffering the same fate, over a longer term.
You may also be surprised to learn that reflux can also be aggravated even by drinking too much water before bed. To fight the effects a patient, dentist and physician must work together with maximum effort and weight loss may in fact be a way to promise lower dental bills and greater longevity, just important as quitting smoking.
Dental professionals must be on high alert to the signs and symptoms of ‘acid mouth’ and not hesitate to refer patients to their physicians. Physicians also need to be educated that the reverse is also true and now dentists can counterattack many of the negative effects created by medically necessary pharmaceuticals.
Unfortunately, a ‘purple pill’ is not a magic long-term cure. These types of drugs can cause kidney damage and bone fractures. GERD is a monster that is not easy to kill without a multi-prong approach and often the best we can do is to help reduce the dental consequences.
Waking up with a bone-dry tongue is not pleasant. Whether it is from Sjogren’s, another illness or side effect of prescribed or recreational drugs -if combined with any amount of reflux this is a recipe for disaster. Sleep naturally slows the saliva flow, and even those without these compound factors can benefit from a dental appliance night gel. Retainer Gel has been called the cure for retainer breath.
Imagine being able to help patients during chemo/radiotherapy, seniors with root caries who want to delay the need for implants, those in hospice, and people with eating disorders who often need years of therapy before they can control their vomiting. A simple protective tray filled with Retainer Gel can instantly provide a physical and chemical barrier, and an affordable saliva substitute. One hospice reported recently that nurses use the product as a mouth moisturizer with a swab to make patients more comfortable.
Top New Product Award
A well-respected US dental clinician’s product review newsletter included Retainer Gel in its list of top new products.
Isn’t it time you consider adding affordable pH protection to your dental appliance and wake up with fresher breath too?
If your dentist/orthodontist does not carry this product you can order direct on this website.
PROUD SUPPORTER OF SMILE TRAIN - https://www.smiletrain.org/
"I’ve been offering Xylitol retainer gel and wow ..what a great response from patients ! I actually introduced it about half way through some aligner cases and the difference for those patients was like night and day with everyone saying how much better they felt and fresher in the morning on waking. This product makes so much sense and is the perfect accompaniment with your aligner cases and I believe will help with compliance, results and health."
Chairman of IAS Orthodontic Teaching Academy