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The Story behind Generation 3 Nano Silver

The Story behind Generation 3 Nano Silver

The thing about Nano Silver is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, we are giving you all the answers right here, right now.

It all starts with Generation 0. Silver Salts or Ionic Silver. For a long time, silver salts were used for anti-microbial purposes. However, the list of negatives for Generation 0 is lengthy: it’s unstable, it’s toxic, and it’s less effective in penetrating the biofilm. Also, if you continually inject yourself with a really high dose of ionic silver it can turn your skin blue. So, unless you want the appearance of a smurf, I would keep my distance or at least encourage monitored moderation.

Then came Generation 1: Colloidal silver. A lot of time people get confused with colloidal silver and our Nano Silver. But they are different. Colloidal silver particles are typically 100 Nanometers but are really inconsistent in size. This is because they are created through pumping electricity through a wire and then collecting the ionic silver that comes off. In all honesty, it’s not that much better than silver salt in our opinion. In fact, if you inject a large quantity of colloidal silver that will definitely turn you blue as well. But again, you’d have to inject a very large quantity.

Next is Generation 2. This is chemically engineered Nano Silver. Not quite to the point where we want to use it but it’s getting there. This generation fixed a couple of the issues that Generation 1 had. It was more consistent in size, but it had some toxicity issues, so it was not biocompatible, and it was not stable. This was definitely not ideal especially if human consumption was involved. We were starting to find some great and unique properties there but still, particles that are not biocompatible and not stable are hard to work with.

Finally, we are here with Generation 3. The generation we use in Elementa Nano Silver Mouthrinse. It is plant-based Nano Silver. One of the key differences between generation 3 and generation 2 is that we coat the actual particles with a plant-based compound. This makes the Nano Silver biocompatible and not a bioaccumulant. And if you are still worried about being blue, the key phrase to focus on here is “not a bioaccumulant.” This means it does not deposit on the skin and will not turn you blue.

Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part Three

Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part Three

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What allergies, if any, should dentists caution when recommending the rinse?

I don’t think there are any. We did a ton of research on all of the profiles of the ingredients to make sure that wasn’t going to be an issue. We have done a toxicology report on it which shows there is nothing to be concerned about. In fact, if you do have a patient who has some inflammatory conditions I think it would be beneficial to use because we know that the silver nanoparticles are anti-inflammatory.

Do you think that tooth decay can be healed?

It depends on what stage the tooth decay is in. In school, we are taught that there are E1, E2, and E3 lesions and D1, D2, and D3. There’s not a lot of studies done on reparative dentin but essentially, if you are within a certain frame for the lesion, I do think the enamel can remineralize.

But there is a point of no return. Your tooth is built of crystals and those crystals have lattices which are kind of like support beams for your tooth. Figuratively speaking, there are four support beams on the bottom and if you don’t have a support beam you can’t build anything on top. It depends on how far along the cavity is and if there is still that support structure. You need that phosphate backbone to remineralize and if you don’t have it, there is nothing you can do.

Does the mouth rinse help with dry mouth?

Yes, it helps with dry mouth. I think we are one of the few brands, that has 25% xylitol in our product. This is the recommended and approved amount in all the studies that have been done.

There are a lot of products out there that list xylitol as an ingredient. But when you are reading an ingredient list on mouthwash or any other product the first ingredient is the ingredient found the most in the mouthwash. The second ingredient is the second largest ingredient found in the product and so forth. If you see a product has xylitol but it is the last ingredient it means that they just sprinkled some in there so that they could say that they have xylitol in their product. Every single one of our products is at least 25% because we know that’s been studied and we know that’s what helps with dry mouth.

What areas of research do you want to see more?

I want to see more research on dental health and prevention. I think there are a lot of resources that they give to other things first and prevention is definitely last on the scale. All the things that we do are independently funded and people aren’t investing in prevention.

We came into all of this thinking why are people not investing in prevention? There’s a ton of research on endpoint treatment. So that is what we are doing. We are trying to fill that void and do as much clinical research as we can on prevention.

What is your favorite flavor?

Cool Peppermint is my favorite, but we actually have a bunch of flavors that aren’t out yet. We have some kid flavors that are coming out soon and I really like Apple. I think the upcoming flavors are Candy, Bubble Gum, Apple, Cinnamon Apple, Tropical Mint, Apple Mint, and Mango.

Is the mouthwash safe to swallow?

Yes, based on the toxicity reports you will not have to call poison control center if you swallow some of it.

What is the future for Elementa?

I think the future going forward is do as much research as clinically possible in the time that we have available. Invest in new products and new technology and try to improve prevention. We want to be the best in the prevention business and we want people to know that we stand behind our products and we make the best products out there. And we want to push the competition to make less acidic products. We want to be the best and the most researched in the industry.

Does Nano Silver turn you blue?

No, if you inject yourself with really highly ionic silver over time or if you are consuming it at a very high concentration your skin can turn blue. The difference between that and the Nano Silver we use is we are three generations apart from that. We call it Generation 0. This is silver salt and was used for a long time for anti-microbial purposes.

Next was Generation 1 which was colloidal silver. These are particles that are typically 100 Nanometers, but they are inconsistent in size because they are created through pumping electricity through a wire and collecting the ionic silver that comes off. It’s not really much better than silver salt. If you inject a bunch of that stuff it will definitely turn you blue, but you’d have to do a lot of it.

Then Generation 2 came along which is chemically modified Nano Silver. This fixed a couple of the issues that Generation 1 had but it ended up having some toxicity issues and it doesn’t stay stable for very long so it’s not as biocompatible. It had great unique properties, but it was not biocompatible or stable.

Generation 3 is what no one is working on and is what we have developed which is plant-based Nano Silver and other compounds too so it’s not only Nano Silver that we have. We coated the actual particles with a plant-based compound. That plant cased compound is biocompatible and is not a bioaccumulant. This means it does not deposit in the skin so it will not turn you blue.

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Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part Two

Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part Two

Why is mouthwash necessary?

Mouthwash isn’t necessary, and you don’t technically have to have mouthwash. But we have seen that a good deal of individuals are going to end up on the caries sheet no matter what you do. The caries sheet is the 92% of individuals who are 18 years old and over that are going to have decay or some form of decay at one point in their lives. When I first saw these numbers, it shocked me. It made me realize that if everything was going right and brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing was doing everything right then 92% of people would not be getting decay.  Anything is more effective if it is going to reduce someone’s risk profile and risk factors like diet, hygiene, salivary flow, and genetics. We wanted to have an adjunct available that we knew was going to pack enough punch and have the most amount of research behind it. That’s why we started with creating a mouthwash.

How are pH levels in your mouth related to oral health? Does Nano Silver help with pH level? How long does it last?

A lot of people think that the pH levels in your mouth have a lot to do with your saliva. Saliva does have a lot to do with it but there’s also this fluid called plaque fluid in there as well. You have saliva and you have a second layer which is saliva plaque interface and you have an inner layer of the biofilm which is actually plaque fluid. Plaque fluid is separate from saliva and it can take saliva up to 3 hours to penetrate through those barriers to reach the plaque fluid.

Most dentists and hygienists have never heard of the term plaque fluid. It was discovered in the late 1980s and there was extensive research done on it by Margolis Moreno and Vogel. Basically, it is the fluid that contacts the tooth with the biofilm attached. This is where you are able to measure all the acid, components of calcium, phosphate, magnesium, and sodium.

Salivary testing can be anecdotal in a way because the second that you stick a strip or make someone think about putting something in their mouth they are going to stimulate the salivary flow. Unless there is an extreme case where the individual can’t generate saliva, you are going to see results that don’t accurately reflect what their saliva may or may not be.

It may take a longer time for the Nano Silver to help or it may take a shorter time. It depends on how long it takes to neutralize which also depends on salivary flow quantity and quality and the biofilm aggressiveness.

Is it safe for children?

It is safe for children, we have done a toxicity profile where we look at actual cells. We’ve also had a toxicologist review the report of the ingredients and it’s all been determined safe for use. So, there are no issues there. You won’t have to go to a hospital if you swallow it.

What is Nano Silver and how does it work?

Nano Silver is pretty cool for a couple of reasons. One of the things that it does is it acts as a trojan horse. The biofilm is a barrier and your saliva is taking a long time to diffuse through that barrier and neutralize the plaque fluid. You need something that challenges that gradient and opens it up. Nano Silver is really good at penetrating biofilms but also opening up channels to allow the saliva to reach its destination much faster.

We did a pilot trial on this and actually found that when compared to a control when you use Nano Silver you increase the amount of calcium that gets to the plaque fluid by a ratio of 4.6 to 1. You get 4.6 times more calcium in a biofilm within minutes by using a Nano Silver compound in addition to calcium. It’s a pretty interesting concept but basically, we are using it to knock the biofilm down.

What is the pH of Nano Silver?

We are propelling a neutralizing agent through the biofilm so the Nano Silver itself is basic and can neutralize acid and interfere with bacterial mechanisms but it’s all about getting neutralizing agents in. I talked about this briefly on a podcast with the Tale of Two Hygienists but basically there are two main clinical trials that were done on biofilms and agents getting to the biofilm and what they found is that when you use standard fluoride rinses or things with calcium only 1 to 2% actually got to the deeper inner part of the biofilm. We are talking about if you had 100 parts per million on the outside, only 2 parts per million make it to the biofilm and plaque fluid. That doesn’t really offer us a lot of benefits. You need something to be able to get it there and Nano Silver is basically a carrier for those neutralizing agents. We know the biofilm is a barrier so how do we challenge that barrier to let more neutralizing agents in.

How long lasting are the benefits of the mouthwash?

It’s going to vary for every individual. I found that for me, it will last a couple of hours after meals. I recommend that you use it after meals because I think that is when you get the most benefit out of it. The biofilm is going to reattach and regrow. Also depending on your risk profile, if you have low salivary flow or if you have a more aggressive biofilm I recommend that you use it more often. But if you use the rinse you definitely feel the effects of it right after you use it.

Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part One

Dr. Nolan Live Q&A: Part One

What is Nano Silver covered with to prevent pellicle bonding?

That information is proprietary but basically Nano Silver made with plants (which we call generation three) has the ability to lock on like a super missile to the biofilm. It’s been studied pretty extensively against biofilms and it’s shown to prevent pellicle formation and biofilm formation. In addition, it interrupts certain proteins, acid release, and EPS processes. There have been a couple of interesting studies on that. The agent, a plant compound, that caps the actual Nanoparticle has a good deal to do with how it binds and prevents that formation.

What does Nano technology do for soft tissues?

Some of the things that Nanoparticles have been studied for in general are healing properties, antimicrobial action, chemotherapeutics and more. There are a ton of different uses for Nanotechnology. As far as soft tissues go, the Nanotechnology is going to be used for its anti-inflammatory properties. Nano Silver, in general, has gotten a lot of press recently for its anti-inflammatory properties. We’ve actually done some case studies for patients who are really susceptible to certain things and we’ve seen some early really promising results. But for your question, anti-inflammatory would be your best bet. Gingivitis falls under that category as well, so that would be a good use for Nanotechnology.

How did you go about doing your research?

That is a long story but essentially, I got together with one of my partners, Matt Callister, and we looked at a lot of different things that we thought were going to be promising for oral care. (my background is actually in Nanotechnology) We looked a lot at the literature and Nano Silver just kept popping up as the most promising thing, so we went down that rabbit hole. We started out by doing some small-scale trials and we’ve been testing ever since. Everything from toxicology, antimicrobial action, remineralization, and general research. We are trying to hit all of the categories and we’re also doing a study to compare Nano Silver to chlorhexidine. We actually have about five ongoing trials right now. It’s just really taken off from there.

Would this be advantageous to use with cavitron?

Absolutely yes! I would highly recommend using something like this with cavitron. Especially if you’re going under the tissues and you’re going to cause bleeding. If you’re trying to target the bad bacteria, eliminate the bacteria threshold or go below the gum line I would use it. Especially because chlorhexidine isn’t useful below the gum line, but Nano Silver is.

What are the ingredients in the Nano Silver Mouthrinse?

There are 5 ingredients. We have 1) xylitol. We have 25% xylitol which is the recommended amount. 2) Nano Silver 3) Calcium 4) Water and then 5) Flavor.  That’s not a ton of ingredients, and in my opinion, that’s a good thing. It was actually hard to keep ingredients out of the bottle and a lot of people don’t realize it because they don’t understand that you have to preserve it and that it has to pass a certain amount of testing. So good luck finding another mouthwash that has five ingredients.

Also, there are only four in the original Honey Sweet because it is actually unflavored. We did that because we had a slew of patients that personally couldn’t deal with flavor or had an immune response to flavor. We wanted to have more options for them.

5 Ingredient Mouthwash

5 Ingredient Mouthwash

There are only 5 ingredients in Nano Silver Mouth Rinse and you can pronounce them all! Definitely a win in our book. All of these ingredients are processed and handled in our state-of-the-art facility and are 100% vegan. Mouthwash doesn’t have to be complicated and we want to explain why we need each of these ingredients to create a mouthwash that can neutralize oral acid, kill bad breath, soothe dry mouth and so much more.

Nano Silver

Our Nano Silver is plant based and is the delivery method. There have been many improvements to nanotechnology in the last decade such as more consistent size, stability and biocompatibility. We use Nano Silver because nanoparticles can be used at much lower concentrations, can penetrate the biofilms easily and can help prevent bacteria from sticking to the enamel.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables; ours is from corn. It is used to neutralize the acid that is in your mouth and raise the pH level of your mouth. Xylitol can break up biofilm that is already attached to the tooth and prevent new biofilm attachment from occurring.

Xylitol can also:

  1. Reduces lactic acid output from cariogenic organisms
  2. Helps deliver much needed calcium and phosphate to the tooth

Natural Flavors

Our natural flavors are just that, 100% natural. They are taken from plant extract and used to improve the taste of the mouthwash. We currently have four different flavors on the market: Winter Mint, Cinnamon Clove, Honey Sweet and our newest flavor is Cool Peppermint.

Water

We use water to create the base consistency in our mouthwash. The mountain spring water is run through a reverse osmosis process to ensure high levels of purity.

Calcium

Calcium is used for to remineralize your teeth and is necessary for tooth structure. Your saliva naturally contains calcium, but the added calcium from the mouthrinse is an additional boost. It helps interfere with acid production and neutralize acid upon contact. The calcium in our mouthrinse is mined from the earth.

4 Reasons Your Teeth Feel Sensitive

4 Reasons Your Teeth Feel Sensitive

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem where a tooth or a few teeth feel pain or discomfort when they come in contact with certain substances and certain temperatures.

First off, your tooth feels sensitive because the dentin on your tooth is being exposed which leaves a clear opening to the nerves inside the tooth. The dentin is normally protected by your gums or your enamel so when it comes in contact with hot or cold liquids or certain foods it might elicit a temporary response of pain.

A lot of the times if a tooth starts to feel sensitive we immediately think of cavities as the culprit. However, that’s not always the case.

In fact, there are many different reasons that your tooth might be feeling sensitive:

  1. Teeth grinding or clenching, brushing too hard with a hard-bristled tooth brush, eating acidic foods can wear down your enamel and expose the dentin
  2. Periodontal disease or Gingivitis can cause your gums to become inflamed and sore leading them to recede and expose the dentin
  3. If a cracked tooth is not treated, it can become filled with bacteria and cause inflammation which would lead your tooth to feel sensitive.
  4. Use of acidic mouthwashes can damage the dentin layer if they are used for too long. If you use mouthwash, make sure to pick one that is neutral. Check out this article to learn about how to pick out a mouthwash.
Oral Health 101: What is the Biofilm?

Oral Health 101: What is the Biofilm?

The oral biofilm is made up of self-produced groups of bacteria that live and die by the food that you eat every day. And yet with so much control over our oral biofilm, we don’t realize when it’s completely out of control. Oral bacteria are infectious in nature and running rampant with the ability to initiate disease processes. In this case, ignorance about your oral biofilm is definitely not bliss, it’s dangerous.  

It’s important to have a balanced oral biofilm because it contributes to your oral health and as well as your overall health. In your oral health, tooth decay occurs when your oral biofilm is out of balance and instead leans towards an acidic environment. Acid production changes the environment of the biofilm and is either neutralized by your saliva or does permanent damage to your tooth enamel over a long period of time. In addition, oral health has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and is currently being tied to problems with pregnancy, premature birth and low weight births. Check out this article to understand how oral health affects overall health.

Understanding your oral biofilm is important because whether you like it or not you have a lot of control over it. Man was not made to live by processed sugar alone no matter how tempting it might seem. Diversifying your food results in a diversified biofilm. Break out the fruits, vegetables, meat and everything in between. (And maybe just a couple of those enticing sweets every now and then too.)

Colloidal Silver vs. Nano Silver

Colloidal Silver vs. Nano Silver

Let’s make things clear. Nano Silver ain’t your grandma’s colloidal silver. And here are 3 reasons why:

Biocompatibility

This means that it is safe to be used and will respond appropriately in certain conditions. Biocompatibility is dependent on two things: the size of the particle and what is used as a capping agent. First off, colloidal silver particles are made without a capping agent. This means that they fall apart easily. Second, colloidal silver particles are inconsistent in size. On the other hand, silver nanoparticles are capped with plant extract. This makes them more stable and nontoxic to human tissue. In addition, with advancements in technology, nanoparticles are more consistent in size.

Stability

Colloidal silver does not have the ability to stay stable in various conditions. This is because colloidal silver is made through using the physical electric model by running a current through silver wires. This results in a division of silver particles and ions that are without capping agents and unstable outside of water. Silver nanoparticles are stable because their plant based capping agent keeps them from decomposing. And, they respond favorably to various environments such as salts and biomolecules.

Reaction to Biofilm

Colloidal silver cannot be used with other beneficial agents and has a weak effect on the biofilm. Therefore, it does not do a sufficient job protecting enamel and balancing the oral biofilm by reducing acid. Nano Silver can be used at much lower concentrations and can penetrate biofilms with ease. It is modifiable to the outer coating of the oral biofilm. This helps it to latch onto and penetrate biofilms easier. It can release silver ions directly inside the biofilm and target acid.

Oral Health 101: Saved by Saliva

Oral Health 101: Saved by Saliva

Every day we wear down on our enamel but luckily every day tooth remineralization happens naturally. Through no immediate action of our own, our body works with us to promote a healthy oral environment. So how is it done? Saliva. The best and most natural medium for remineralization is naturally produced by your mouth.

Every day saliva removes bacteria and other substances from your teeth and your gums. But the work of saliva doesn’t stop there, it also acts as added protection against the acid that tries to wear away at your enamel and cause tooth decay. Saliva also protects oral tissue and directly effects certain bacteria by changing their ability to release acid. Again, helping to prevent tooth decay. The benefits keep on coming because saliva also prevents bad breath by keeping certain bacteria away.

The quality and quantity of your saliva directly influences the process of demineralization and remineralization.

You have control over the type of saliva that you produce. Sometimes as you get older you produce less saliva, which means less protection against bacteria. But eating food, drinking water or chewing gum can help stimulate saliva production. By increasing your overall salivary flow and your saliva’s antibacterial capacity you will help your teeth remineralize and prevent your enamel from wearing away.

Tooth Decay and Kids

Tooth Decay and Kids

Dental caries, tooth decay, even plain old cavities. No matter what name you prefer, we seem to be turning a negligent eye to this silent and growing problem. A problem that is currently sweeping the nation and continuing to rise in its targeted group: children and youth. The NIDCR has said that dental caries is the most common chronic disease among youth aged 6-19 with 45.8% of them having treated or untreated dental caries.

There are many factors that contribute to a child’s odds of having dental caries such as the child’s genetics, the environment where he or she is living and/or his or her behavior in regard to personal hygiene and eating habits. Most of the time, the effects of these factors can be mitigated by daily oral hygiene as well as consistent visits to the dentist where they can get more information and regular teeth cleanings.

However, there are other factors that are not so easily managed: economic status and access to dental care. These factors are often overlooked despite the fact that they greatly increase a child’s chance of getting dental caries. Certain demographics cannot afford regular visits to the dentist, restricting their access to necessary information and services. When children have dental caries at a young age it can potentially lead to more dangerous health problems such as gum disease, periodontitis or tooth loss and affect the rest of their lives.

Implementing preventative habits such as brushing teeth daily and flossing is the first step in fighting against dental caries. In addition, limiting the consumption of sugar can lessen one’s chance for dental caries1. We must take an honest look at how to mitigate these factors if this silent epidemic is going to be understood and stopped.

1 Riva Touger-Decker, Cor van Loveren; Sugars and dental caries, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 78, Issue 4, 1 October 2003, Pages 881S–892S, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/78.4.881S

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