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Could Treating Your Gum Disease Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Could your mouth be the secret to maintaining a healthy blood pressure level? Research presented last month at the annual meeting of the American Heart association suggests that periodontal (gum) disease treatment alone may be enough to lower blood pressure in patients prone to heart disease. The researchers divided 107 Chinese adults who had both […]

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Making Sure You Have Enough Vitamin D for Your Teeth

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for oral health. Among other things, your gut needs it to efficiently absorb the calcium from your food. After absorption, it helps ensure that you have enough calcium and phosphate in your blood to keep your teeth well mineralized, protected against decay. Of course, D is essential to your […]

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Why Most Animals Don’t Need to Clean Their Teeth but You Do

Everyone knows that dental tools such as floss, proxy brushes, and oral irrigators are the best way to clean between your teeth. But often, expediency rules, and other objects get used to remove trapped food. According to one recent survey, these include fingernails (61%), folded paper or cards (40%), cutlery such as a fork, knife, […]

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From Our Archives: Gratitude 9 Ways

Here’s something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: practicing gratitude can be a boon to your health. Repeatedly, scientific research has shown gratitude’s benefits to mental, social and physical health alike. It’s a stress buster and immune booster. That’s reason enough to make gratitude an everyday thing – not just a one- or two-day-a-year thing. […]

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Supplemental Fluoride: Helpful or Harmful?

For over 70 years, conventional dentistry has considered fluoride, both in public water supplies and dental products, a panacea against tooth decay. Yet does current science support this? A new Cochrane Review, for instance, set out to evaluate evidence of whether fluoride supplements taken during pregnancy help prevent tooth decay in children’s primary teeth. Surprisingly […]

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Keeping Your Oral Microbiome Healthy

Many of us have been conditioned to think of bacteria as the enemy. Antibacterial products are big business, as folks strive to keep their environment and body as antiseptic as possible. But is this the right approach? After all, not all bacteria are harmful. A good many are even beneficial. Hundreds of species of bacteria […]

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More Effects of Nutrition on Tooth Remineralization

Last week, we ended with a couple of basic points for naturally supporting your body’s ongoing process of tooth remineralization: Get enough minerals, especially calcium and phosphorous, but trace minerals, too. Get enough fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Now let’s dig a little deeper. For one, these are hardly the only nutrients you […]

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Minerals & Your Teeth

Keeping your teeth strong and free of decay depends on a balance between two continually occurring processes, demineralization and remineralization. Demineralization occurs under acidic conditions, especially when minerals levels are low. Calcium and phosphate end up being leached from the outer surface or enamel of the teeth. Demineralization occurs naturally to some degree, but there […]

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Beyond the Halloween Candy Same Ol’, Same Ol’ – Dozens of Ideas for Non-Candy Treats

Halloween is almost here, and for many kids, that brings up one thought: Candy!!! But we all know that all that sugar isn’t ideal, neither for their dental nor their overall health. We also know that Halloween candy is only the beginning of the deluge. Soon, the rest of the holidays will follow with their […]

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Want Healthy Gums? Exercise!

If you suffer from gum disease – and most Americans have it to one degree or another – getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do. This is the surprising conclusion of research published last month in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. The study looked at periodontal disease in lab rats […]

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