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Root Canal Controversy

Posted on August 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments 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...

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Floss First!

Posted on July 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments 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 ...

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Baking Soda and Oral Health

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments 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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The Simplicity of a New Smile

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:00 AM Comments 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.


Snap-on Smile

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Toothpaste: Poison or Panacea

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (4)

The controversy around the use or non-use of toothpaste has been long standing. Much of this has to do with the obvious fluoride content and its effects on our physical and mental health. (See my other blog...
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Seal Out Tooth Decay

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 9:55 PM Comments 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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Dental Health During Pregnancy

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 4:10 PM Comments 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...

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Gum Disease is Contagious

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (4)

For those of you who aren't aware, periodontal (gum) disease is contagious.  Since it is primarily a bacterial infection, you can give it to or get it from anyone that you swap saliva with.



Photo credit Creative Commons: John Matthew Smith

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Dental X-ray Radiation

Posted on July 28, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments 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.


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...

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Facial Massage for Better Health

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments 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.


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...

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The Intelligence of Wisdom Teeth

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 1:30 AM Comments 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...

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Reversing and Preventing Cavities

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:45 PM Comments 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...

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My Secrets to Regaining Health

Posted on December 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments 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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The 2 Minute Tune Up and Nitric Oxide

Posted on October 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments 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...

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Overbrushing Your Teeth

Posted on September 2, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments 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...

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Dr. Brand's Book

Posted on July 28, 2012 at 2:25 AM Comments 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

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Air Abrasion: Pain-free Dentistry

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Air abrasion was invented in the 1940's, as an answer to the age old challenge of making dental care treatment as humane and as painless as possible. It has survived all these years with limited usage but has recently made a tremendous comeback since the numbers of bonded fillings has increased.  Back in the old days, before bonded fillings, air abrasion usage was fairly limited to specific dental procedures. Nowadays, it can be used for almost all restorations as a way to remove decay a...

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Health and Happiness Summit with Dr. Oz

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (3)

Health, happiness, Dr. Oz. Three ingredients that create a sure recipe for success.  


The Health and Happiness Summit with Dr. Oz at Radio City Music Hall this weekend was definitely a success. With an enthusiastic audience of 6000, and a cast of health experts with amazing credentials, how can you go wrong?  Even William Shatner showed up for a few minutes of entertainment. So hard to believe he’s over 80 years old and still appears so much younger. 

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Geriatric Dentistry

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (3)

Recently, I have noticed that many patients have been bringing in their elderly parents for dental checkups. This is a great idea since it appears that a good percentage of the elderly have been remiss in their personal oral hygiene.

 

As we age, “senior moments” (of forgetfulness) become more and more common. Not recalling important faces, names and appointments may be the beginning signs but it can soon be followed by chronic forgetfulness or depression. Adding...

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Cures for the Grinding Holiday Stress

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (4)

One of the most stressful times of the year is during the holidays.


Between Thanksgiving and New Years, partying and family gatherings are at the top of the list.  But for many, somewhere along the way, the stress, the unrealistic expectations and the unreasonable demands show up; and the next thing you know, you're anxious, depressed, over-tired, and dreading one more day of the so-called "holiday good cheer."


If you have been waking up with your te...

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