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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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One More on the Power of Ketogenic Diets

There’s one more ketogenic study we wanted to share with you – one we stumbled on just a day after our previous post. And it focuses on a point addressed by one of those earlier studies: inflammation. Yes, along with longer lifespans, greater strength and coordination, and better memory, we can add reduced inflammation to […]

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New Research Highlights Benefits of High-Fat, Ketogenic Diets

After years of having the low-fat mantra beat into our brains by the media, food industry, and others, the statement may seem controversial, if not downright heretical: High-fat diets are good for your health. Science continues to document the benefits. At the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, nutritionist John Ramsey has spent […]

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Tooth Decay: Is It Your Genes or Is It You?

Just because a health problem is labeled “genetic” doesn’t mean that you’re fated to get it. Genes are potential…until they’re triggered. And this is why there’s so much preventive power in lifestyle choices – the food we eat, the habits we keep. Twins provide a great example. By looking at differences in genetics and lifestyle […]

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Could Your Dental Floss Be Toxic?

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 […]

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Gum Disease & Diabetes: “A Two-Way Relationship”

We’ve known for a long time that diabetes and gum disease often occur together. Now new research continues to show just how strong that association is. For instance, one recent study of more than 300 dental patients found that those with gum disease were more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those who had […]

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Mercury Awareness Week 2017

The Movement Toward Mercury-Free Dentistry

Now that the Minamata Convention on Mercury has gone into force (yay!), maybe we’ll start to see change come at a faster clip. But for now, dental students – with very few exceptions – continue to be taught to place mercury amalgam fillings, just as earlier generations were taught. While some dental students may question […]

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Change Your Diet, Reverse Gum Disease?

If you just change what you eat, could it help reverse gum disease? Even if you don’t change your hygiene habits at all? A small but compelling German study in BMC Oral Health suggests yes. For two months, an experimental group switched from their regular diet to low carb. Their new diet was also rich […]

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Better Health (and Healthcare) Means Reuniting Mouth & Body

There was a sobering headline on Bloomberg last week: According to the latest statistics, we now spend nearly $10,000 on healthcare per person each year, yet our life expectancy is far lower than dozens of other developed nations. We’re number one in the world in spending, yet 27th in terms of life expectancy, just below […]

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