|Posted on July 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM||comments (52)|
As a dentist, I have seen many patients with significant jaw bone loss. This is not a good thing as it is a marker for loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. Sometimes it may be associated with the usual symptoms of periodontal disease and you should read our previous post Floss First! for further clarity. But other times, the periodontal hea...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:30 AM||comments (6)|
Recently at a dental meeting, I met many colleagues who promote their practice as mercury-free. As such, they believe that they are also mercury-safe since they no longer place amalgams within their practice. Although this sounds good in theory, the reality is significantly different. These mercury-free dentists have no safety protocol in place, and as a result, are exposing their patients, their employees and themselves to a heavy load of mercury aerosol each time old amalgam fillings are dr...Read Full Post »
|Posted on April 29, 2015 at 6:25 PM||comments (2)|
Tooth regeneration seems to be a big topic in the holistic dental community. As the work of Dr. Weston Price gets more popular, people are looking outside conventional dentistry for natural ways to restore their teeth.
Eggshell supplementation may very well be part of the solution.
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|Posted on September 22, 2014 at 12:10 AM||comments (4)|
Oral rinses have been around for centuries. They have been as simple as salt in water or as convoluted as mixed herbs in a vinegar base. But it was during the 19th century that alcohol was added to mouthrinse to fight germs and bacteria. Listerine was probably the forerunner in that category, but bear in mind that before it became a mouthrinse, it was originally used as an antiseptic for surgical procedures and to clean floors.
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|Posted on August 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM||comments (4)|
Just as the eyes are viewed as the window to the soul, the mouth is viewed as the window to the body.
As a dentist with several decades of clinical experience behind me, I can say this is absolutely true. As to which comes first, dental health or bodily health, it may be difficult to say. But regardless, it is always best to take care of both for super health.
If your mouth is a mess with gum disease, cavities, demineralized teeth or erosion, chances are...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM||comments (3)|
As a holistic dentist, it is not uncommon to meet with many patients seeking an alternative opinion on their dental problems. Root canals and metal fillings are at the top of the list, but it is quickly followed by gum (periodontal) disease.
Personally, I have met many patients that weren’t even aware that they had a gum problem since no dental professional pointed it out to them. Many were lead to believe that their occasional bleeding gums and bad taste in their ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM||comments (4)|
Sodium bicarbonate (chemical formula NaHCO3), more commonly known as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, is a naturally occurring substance in the human body.
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|Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:00 AM||comments (1)|
When you practice in the holistic dental realm, you come across some unusual requests. Typically, patients want their teeth restored but they want their new fillings to be from material that is “natural”. That can be a challenge, considering that all restoratives in dentistry are made of chemicals. So the idea here is to find the least toxic product and the least invasive technique to install it.
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|Posted on December 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM||comments (4)|
|Posted on October 31, 2013 at 9:55 PM||comments (3)|
Everyone has heard the adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
In the world of dentistry, this means regular check ups, cleanings and dental xrays.
We can now add one other preventative professional dental procedure to that list: dental sealants. For those who aren’t aware, dental sealants are are thin, see-through coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, keeping out germs and food.
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|Posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
Pregnancy is an exciting and hectic time in a woman’s life. It’s exciting because of all the expectations of having a baby. It’s hectic because of appointments and preparing for the baby’s arrival. Routine trips to the dentist can get lost in the shuffle, and it’s easy for the health of your teeth and gums to go way down on the priority list.
Some women question if it’s OK to go to the dentist when they’re pregnant. For all the reas...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 AM||comments (4)|
|Posted on July 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM||comments (3)|
I had a new patient come in for a Consultation the other day to discuss her dental health. She had seen several holistic dentists in the last month and was still trying to find one she felt comfortable with. Today, it was me.
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As is usual, we reviewed her medical and dental history. When asked about any recent dental x-rays, she said that she was hesitant to take them as of yet, since every dental office she visited did not offer digital x-rays. She was extremely concerned about th...
|Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
There are approximately 43 muscles in the human face. These muscles are important for showing emotions as well as speaking and eating. It is understandable that many of these can be overused contributing to tightness or underused contributing to sagging.
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The masseter muscle is usually the major one responsible for TMJ problems, as well as headaches, clenching or bruxism. It is found on the jaw and chin and is the primary muscle used for chewing food and every time we o...
|Posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM||comments (14)|
There seems to be a mindset in conventional dentistry that wisdom teeth are superfluous. That they should be extracted at a young age before they can cause a problem. These teeth are believed to have the potential to create anterior tooth crowding and infections in the mouth. They are difficult to keep clean since they are way back in the far corners of your mouth, and you should get them out NOW, be...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM||comments (1)|
I am sure that the word “fluoride” popped into your head when you read the title of this post, along with flossing, brushing and avoiding sugars. These are important factors to consider, but there is another issue worth a look. Phytic acid.
Phytic acid is found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans, and represents a serious problem in our diets. It is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially in the bran porti...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Post Hurricane Sandy has been a bit of a mess in the tri-state area.
Some of us lost electricity for a few days, but others lost so much more. I was one of the lucky ones. Although I had no electric or water at my home, my office was totally operational. With no clients, but a completely functional computer, I got busy.
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|Posted on October 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM||comments (0)|
I just recently returned from a holistic dental meeting and I was surprised to come across a company that has a system that measures cellular nitric oxide levels from a saliva sample.
For those who don’t know, nitric oxide is a free form of gas produced by the cells in our body. It is produced when enzymes in the body break down the amino acid Arginine, and is mainly used for intra-cellular communication.
Nitric oxide is required for key physiologica...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 2, 2012 at 12:25 AM||comments (9)|
Common sense might dictate, “If I brush harder, my teeth will get whiter.” Unfortunately, this kind of thinking can backfire. Overbrushing is the number one cause of tooth abrasion. Initially, your teeth may look cleaner and brighter with vigorous brushing, but ultimately you will wear the outer white enamel layer thin and the yellow/brown/gray secondary layer will begin to show through. That may explain why your teeth get darker as you get older. If the en...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM||comments (2)|
For those who aren’t aware, I have been working on my book for the last 2 years. It was just published 2 weeks ago. “Congratulations” you say. Well, “Thank you very much.”
But here is the surprise; it is NOT about toxic dentistry and how to avoid it. At least not totally.
Enlightened Indigo Child
A Personal Guide to Flourishing with a Sixth Sense