Dr. Victor Zeines wants you to feel informed about your oral health and our holistic dental care. We are happy to provide these FAQ here to provide information about frequent topics and questions. If you need further information, or if you are ready to schedule your next visit with our knowledgeable dentist in Shokan and New York, New York, please feel free to contact us today.

FAQ # 1

Amanda – My daughter is 16 years old, and she’s always been prone to canker sores. She has been diagnosed with alkaline reflux and has decalcification on the enamel of her teeth, theoretically thought to be caused by medications in early tooth development. The canker sores presently manifested about 2 months ago just before being diagnosed with infectious mono. She just got the OK to participate in gym and activity and broke out again with 4 more canker sores. We have tried zilactin b and lysine and salt water/baking soda/peroxide, and none of them seem to work. If you have any homeopathic suggestions, I would be glad to know. Thank you.

Dr. Zeines – Eat a mineral-rich diet and add foods that will make your body more alkaline. Stay away from anything that will put stress on the nervous system, such as caffeine and alcohol. Foods rich in the amino acid arginine, chocolate, peanut butter, nuts, and onions seem to be associated with a higher incidence. I recommend plenty of salads, raw and cooked vegetables, whole grains (eliminate wheat if possible), and potatoes (baked or steamed). Green vegetables are the best source of minerals.

The following supplements should be taken:

  • Lysine – 500mg, 3x/day
  • Vitamin C – 500mg 6x/day
  • Vitamin B-Complex – Take a high stress formula at least 100mg 3x/day
  • Acidophilus – follow label directions
  • Garlic 2-3x/day
  • Go to the section on canker (cold) sores

FAQ #2

Peter – I recently went to my dentist and informed him that I needed to remove my amalgam fillings. Two were removed, but I found the replaced fillings extremely sensitive. Also, during the procedure I believe I swallowed some of the mercury. How do I rid my body of what I have swallowed, and is there a different replacement filling that does not result in a less sensitive bite or tooth? Thanks.

Dr. Zeines – You need to go on a detox program. Check the section under mercury detox.

FAQ # 3

Cathy & Marvin Rapp – We enjoyed your program on Your Health with Dr. & Cindy Becker. Never realized how important our mouth and dental conditions are to our general health. Thanks for all you great research and getting the word out.

FAQ # 4

I am a 62-year-old female. I had periodontal surgery 30 years ago. The doctor says I take good care of my teeth. I do have occasional swelling and bleeding and have mercury fillings. I have blood pressure and would like help in keeping my teeth. Thank you.

Dr. Zeines – Why do you have swelling and bleeding if your gums are in good shape?

  • Get on detox for mercury and have fillings replaced.
  • Get the The Natural Dentist Herbal Mouth and Gum Therapy in any good health food store.
  • Have your dentist attend our classes.

FAQ # 5

I too have problems with grinding and TMJ. I had a mouth guard made, but I simply cannot sleep with something in my mouth like that! If I do fall asleep, it ends up out of my mouth and on the floor somewhere during the night. Do you have any other suggestions for dealing with TMJ and the chronic pain associated with it? I have been to many doctors, dentists, and oral surgeons. I was given the options of a high-risk surgery or a mouth guard and high-dose anti-inflammatory daily to deal with pain. I do have silver color fillings in several teeth (#2, #31, #30, and bottom wisdom tooth), and I have a gold crown (wisdom tooth behind #1 – root canal), and I have root canal in #14 and #18 with porcelain crown. I have terrible teeth.

Dr. Zeines – First, forget the high-risk surgery!!! It is not a good idea long-term, and neither is high-dose anti-inflammatory. The question to ask is why is this happening?

First – grinding could be from parasites could also be from allergies of toxicity of materials in the mouth. For example, let’s say you have a gold crown and a mercury filling. Because those materials are different, they have a different electrical potential. That difference can create a very small electrical charge in your mouth that you will not feel this on a conscious level, but subconsciously, you will be aware of it. In order to prevent this charge from happening, you will keep you teeth together (clenching or grinding). Your bite could also be off from past restorations. Mouth guards can be effective and so can chiropractic adjustments.

FAQ # 6

Jillian – I was wondering about the toxicity of mercury in relation to its contribution to autoimmune disease (esp. rheumatoid arthritis). Also, is there a mercury removal protocol, and how important is it to have a chelation after? And is it possible to slow the effects of mercury toxicity with plant foods? Thank you so for your work and dedication to holistic dentistry. In light, Jillian.

Dr. Zeines – While there is not definitive data, there are many studies on Hg toxicity and the fact that the immune system’s ability to respond to a problem is compromised. However, you are referring to an autoimmune problem, which is more of a breakdown of the immune system functioning rather than mercury toxicity. An autoantibody known as rheumatoid factor seems to be present in rheumatoid arthritis. Check under mercury for a good detox program; chelation does not have to be done, but staying on a good high-chlorophyll-rich diet does.

FAQ # 7

Mary – Did I hear you say that it’s possible to regrow bone? A family member is about to have bone replacement in her mouth (taking some from her hip) in order to eventually have implants put in. Is this something that you would recommend, or are there alternatives? Thanks for your reply.

Dr. Zeines – The supplements we use are designed to help stimulate bone growth, but your family member seems to be beyond that. Take foods that are high in antioxidants!!! And do the alkaline diet under gum disease.

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