Dr. Jonathan Van Dyke brings a wealth of training and experience to the Island Tower Dentistry team. He completed his dental training in Florida, and has years of experience practicing dentistry in the state of Washington. Dr. Van Dyke holds a Bachelors degree in cell biology, a Masters degree in biomedical sciences, and graduated at the top of his class from the LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. With a passion for providing his patients with world-class dental care, Dr. Van Dyke has worked to enhance his dentistry skillset with advanced education and training, in orthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery, and implants.
Dr. Van Dyke is a firm believer in doing everything possible to maintain the health of ones existing teeth. Thus, he received advanced training in endodontics fostered under the tutelage of Dr. George Bruder, a noted expert in the field who has delivered lectures and published articles for both the national and international audience of those interested in the latest in endodontics techniques and technology.
If saving a patients natural teeth proves not to be an option, Dr. Van Dyke strives to provide the best in implant technology. He has received advanced training in implant dentistry under the direction of Dr. Virgil Mongalo, a world-renowned implantologist and a noted pioneer in the field of implant dentistry.
Along with his advanced training in orthodontics, Dr. Van Dyke is well-trained and experienced in the application of Invisalign and other clear aligners, and appreciates how they work to help preserve his patients smiles during the course of orthodontic treatment.
Dr. Van Dyke looks forward to meeting his dental practice vision of providing high-quality comprehensive dentistry, a world-class patient experience, and the latest technology and techniques to his patients in Marco Island and surrounding area.
At Island Tower Dentistry in Marco Island, FL We are firmly dedicated to outstanding patient care and satisfaction. Our dentists practice state-of-the-art dentistry including cleanings, dental implants, teeth whitening, veneers, & more. Call a Marco Island dentist today!
Sofia was born and raised in Costa Rica, at age 14 she moved to Naples with her parents. Sofia obtained her expanded functions Dental Assistant Certification at the Dental Assisting Institute in Pinnellas Park, Florida in 2012, and has been a dental assistant since then. She joined our team in November 2020.
Persistent dry mouth is a condition that makes one more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, and inhibits your bodys efforts to naturally remineralize and protect tooth enamel. Referred to as xerostomia, dry mouth is a decrease in the amount of saliva produced in ones mouth. Salivary flows tend to decrease in most people as they age, and many people experience some level of xerostomia due to age-related medical conditions and the side effects of medications.
A prolonged bout of dry mouth can lead to a significant increase in potential cavity formation and periodontal disease because the decrease in saliva leads to an imbalance of pH in the mouth and decreases the natural buffering and antimicrobial properties in saliva. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, dry mouth could be partially responsible for up to 30 percent of tooth decay in older adults. Xerostomia has also been linked to oral candidiasis (thrush), burning mouth syndrome, and can lead to a decrease in taste bud sensitivity.
The dental experts at Island Tower Dentistry consider dry mouth a serious condition that should be addressed in those experiencing it on a persistent basis. Thus, we try to assess the occurrence of dry mouth in all of our patients. No matter what age you are, be sure to inform your dental practitioner If youve been experiencing excessive bouts of dry mouth. Also, inform your dental professionals about the emergence of any new medical conditions or any change in prescription drug use. Various medical conditions, including stress, depression, autoimmune disorders, diabetes, and Parkinsons disease, can cause xerostomia. Dry mouth is also a distinct side effect of many, many medications.
If we determine that your dry mouth is persistent enough to need treatment, Island Tower Dentistry has established protocols to address the condition based on its severity and potential impact to your oral health. Our treatment protocols consist of: