Archive for the ‘ Oral Health & Hygiene ’ Category

How Vaping Can Destroy Your Mouth

Vaping might look cool to some. More than a few people might say that it’s a healthier option than smoking tobacco. But the mouth tells a different story. And the oral effects of vaping can happen fast – in as little as 24 hours, according to one recent study of 123 healthy adults. Some were […]

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How We’re Providing Natural Dentistry Safely in the Age of COVID-19

While some folks remain concerned about going to the dentist from fear of exposure to COVID-19, the truth is that getting the dental care you need – including regular cleanings and exams – is crucial to supporting your overall health and well-being. Because we’ve been practicing mercury-safe dentistry for years here at Fremont Natural Dentistry, […]

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How Chronic Stress Can Damage Your Mouth (& What to Do About It)

Whether it’s movie one-liners, karaoke tunes, or kimchi, everyone enjoys a good listicle. And Fremont recently came in at the top of one, naming ours the Least Stressed City in America. If you’re a little skeptical of our city’s outranking the 182 included in WalletHub’s survey, maybe you’re not one of those least stressed citizens […]

Does the Kind of Toothbrush You Use Matter?

When it comes to oral health, brushing and flossing (or otherwise cleaning between your teeth and at the gum line) are a must. Sometimes, though, it can be easy for a lot of us to rush or even neglect. It’s a tendency that can start young, as a recent study reminds, listing some of the […]

Why Cleaning Between Your Teeth Matters So Much – & the Best Way to Do It

You’ve been told time and again: Make sure you floss your teeth. Maybe you’ve felt a little guilt when a hygienist or dentist has asked if you floss, and you could only respond with a mumbled “no” or “once in a while.” But we don’t ask to embarrass or shame you. It’s just that cleaning […]

What You Want (and Don’t Want) in a Toothpaste

Patients regularly ask us what kind of toothpaste they should use. Of course, truth be told, you don’t really need toothpaste at all. The mechanical action of brushing is the main way that plaque gets removed. Toothpaste just makes it a little easier, providing some grit to help break up that sticky biofilm. It can […]

Triclosan in Your Oral Hygiene Products? It May Promote Colon Cancer

Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? It may include a controversial chemical called triclosan. Walk-through colon image by A Healthier Michigan, via Flickr Numerous concerns have been raised about its safety and effectiveness. Now, a study just published in Science Translational Medicine adds to them by showing that it may promote colon cancer. http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/10/443/eaan4116 […]

Why You Really Should Make Oil Pulling Part of Your Oral Hygiene Routine

We’ve talked before about the benefits of oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice that essentially involves swishing oil around in your mouth. Those benefits are numerous, as a 2017 review of the science neatly sums up: . Oil pulling generates antioxidants which damage the cell wall of microorganisms and kill them. These oils will attract […]

Want a Healthy Smile? Think Probiotic

Korean researchers recently found that people who eat less yogurt are more likely to suffer from periodontitis. But why should yogurt protective against this severe form of gum disease? Contrary to what some expected, it’s not because of its calcium content. As we’ve discussed before, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by harmful […]

New Fruit Juice Guidelines for Kids May Still Mean Too Much Sugar

Sure, fruit juice is delicious. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s concentrated sugar – and we humans are hardwired to crave that flavor, especially in childhood. As parents, it’s our responsibility to limit the sugar and ingrain healthy eating habits. That includes limiting juice consumption. According to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, […]