Recently, headlines everywhere were hollering about the danger of fluoride-free toothpastes. “They won’t stop cavities!” concerned “experts” warned. Why the sudden interest? A new review of selected previous studies concluded that Personal oral hygiene in the absence of fluorides has failed to show a benefit in terms of reducing the incidence of dental caries. However, […]
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In case there was any question that Americans don’t like to floss, yet another study has come along that highlights the reluctance many feel about this necessary part of good oral hygiene. To test patients’ flossing motivation and compliance, [registered dental hygienist Avie] Smith and colleagues enrolled 49 participants in their study. The participants used […]
Flossing is a key part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But might it also be adding a little more toxicity to your life? It’s possible, suggests Dr. Mercola. In an article earlier this summer, Dr. Mercola brought attention to the fact that some floss is actually made with Teflon (yes, the same stuff […]
With all of the known uses for essential oils – from calming aromatherapy to cleansing and plenty in between – it may come as no surprise that supporting oral health is among them. And it’s not just the spearmint or peppermint oils you might think of, although those are among the most commonly used. Others […]
Unless you’re some kind of alien, it’s likely you want to change something in your lifestyle: lose weight, exercise more, get more sleep, work less, decrease your stress…or just generally lead a healthier life. And if you’re like most, you’ve tried, maybe more than once, to make those changes. Despite your motivation and your effort, […]
Unlike so many Hallmark holidays, National Dental Hygiene Month just doesn’t get much recognition. That’s a shame considering that your biologically trained dental hygienist is instrumental in helping you achieve your overall health and wellness goals. To be clear, we’re not just talking oral health – or systemic health, for that matter – but whole […]
It’s hard to believe knee replacement surgery is only about 50 years old. That seems a relatively short track record for a procedure now considered common. Here in the US, more than 600,000 replacements are done every year! Knee replacement offers hope for pain relief and better daily functioning. But like any surgical procedure, there […]
We don’t have to tell you the importance of oral health on overall health because, chances are, you’re already doing what you need to do to stay healthy. When it comes to your teeth, you brush, floss, schedule routine dental visits, and do your best to eat well. And even though you might not have […]
With all the ongoing interest in oil pulling, our patients often ask us about the practice – most specifically, if it can really help improve their oral health. The short answer is yes, especially when it comes to reversing gum disease. For millennia, oil pulling has been recommended by the traditional Hindu medical practice known […]
There’s one moment during a dental hygiene visit that a whole lot of people dread: the moment when the dentist or hygienist asks about your flossing habits. Some tell the truth. Others dance around the question. Some sheepishly admit the truth and promise to start doing better. And according to a new survey, a good […]
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