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Scared of the Dentist? 3 Ways to Calm Dental Anxiety

If the idea of going to a dental appointment reminds you of a scene from Little Shop of Horrors, you’re not alone. Some 60 million Americans avoid dental visits because of fear. Even among those who do make their appointments, an astonishing 82% say they have dental...

Psyching Yourself Out of a Healthy Mouth?

If the state of your mouth is getting you down, you’re not alone. According to a recent Children’s Dental Health Project survey, more than 40% of people “believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity.” If you fall into that 40%, this post is...

Don’t Like to Floss? Don’t Floss. Irrigate!

  Brush and floss…brush and floss…brush and floss… You hear that so often, you start thinking that’s the order in which you need to do them: Brush, then floss. Brush, then floss. But is that the best way? Many insist that it doesn’t really matter so long as you...

When the Holidays & Stress Go Hand in Hand…

When you’re a kid, the holiday season is the best time of the year – all the lights and presents and sparkle. Then life happens, and the stuff of joy too often morphs into stress – all the presents to wrap, food to cook; all the traveling; all the loaded or awkward...

Gratitude: A Natural Health Boost

Thanksgiving is more than just food, family and football. It’s an annual reminder to pause, reflect, and say “thank you” for all of life’s goodness. But why just one day a year? Especially when we know that gratitude – like other positive mental states – supports...

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Sleep

Sleep is yet another essential part of maintaining good oral and systemic health – 7 to 9 hours nightly, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Unfortunately, for many of us, sleep quality is lacking. Only 30% report it being “excellent” or “very good;” 35%...

Getting Mercury Out of Your Teeth – and Dentistry

Back in the early days of the automotive industry, when Henry Ford was revolutionizing the mass production of cars, he once insisted that “any customer can have a car painted in any color that he wants so long as it is black.” For more than a century, something...

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