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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...

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Healthy Eating

Combine good nutrition with regular exercise, and you get what the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee presented last month as “a nearly universal prescription for better health.” Exercise we talked about last time, but what about diet? What exactly...

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Exercise

Our bodies are built to move. Yet more of us than ever live sedentary lives. In fact, the most recent data shows that more than one quarter of the US population – 28%, to be exact – is completely sedentary. They participate in no fitness-oriented recreational...

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Water

When you think about what your body is made of, you probably think of things like skin, bone, your brain, your blood – big, solid stuff. But truth be told, we’re made much more of stuff that you can’t see, at least not with the naked eye. For...

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