Archive for 2015

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 family conversations. But […]

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 overall health? Science has shown that gratitude can improve […]

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Air

Take two tomato plants. Plant one in nutrient rich soil, the other in depleted soil. Place one in bright sunlight, the other in filtered light. Give one plenty of water, the other just enough to keep it going. Both plants may live, but only one will thrive. The quality of the things we need to […]

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% report it being “only fair” or “poor.” They may sleep enough […]

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 similar held true in dentistry: You could […]

Foundations of Good Oral-Systemic Health: Healthy Eating, Part 2

, we looked at some basics of healthy eating, such as enjoying a wide variety of veg and fruit. There are a few reasons for this, including care of the environment. (Breeding animals for food uses far more resources than growing crops.) But they’re also your best option for getting the full array of vitamins, […]

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 does it mean to eat healthy? It’s pretty simple, really. Michael Pollan summed it up famously […]

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 activities at all. That figure has more than doubled […]

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 instance, scientists estimate that we contain 10 […]

Natural Dentist Part 5 – homeopathic remedies

Holistic dentistry is beyond just caring for your mouth.  Holistic by definition is “relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts”.  When you are shopping for your perfect holistic dentist ask them for other ways to treat your current ailments.  If antibiotics is scripted to you right away, question it and […]