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The Great Toothpaste Debate Continues: Fluoride? Xylitol? Probiotics?

You hear fluoride touted as the best way to prevent decay. Then you run into studies like the one published this spring in the Journal of Dental Research. For it, the dental health of 1248 caries-free children was monitored for three years. Half of the kids got fluoride varnish regularly applied. They also got toothbrushes, […]

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Why You Should Breathe Through Your Nose, Not Your Mouth

If you have allergies or sinus issues, you may already be familiar with the Ayurvedic practice of sinus rinsing (aka irrigating your nasal cavity). But did you know it can impact your oral health, too? Naturally, when you’re stuffed up, you’ll breathe more through your mouth than your nose. Yet we were designed for nasal […]

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“But I Heard that Prolonged Breastfeeding Causes Tooth Decay…”

For moms who can breastfeed, the practice comes with a lot of advantages – like the oral health benefits we looked at last week. According to a study in Pediatric Clinics of North America, “Breastfeeding clearly improves the health of infants and mothers and seems to result in cost savings for parents, insurers, employers, and […]

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How Breastfeeding Can Set the Stage for Good Oral (& Overall) Health

You’re probably already aware of breastfeeding’s nutritional, immunological, and psychological benefits. What you might not know is that it affects a child’s orofacial development and dental health, as well. As noted expert Dr. Brian Palmer wrote in an important paper for the Journal of Human Lactation, breastfeeding contributes to “improved shaping of the hard palate […]

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Gum Disease Affects Far More Than Just Your Mouth

Gum disease isn’t just some minor annoyance. As a new review of the literature reminds, it can impact the quality of your life, as well. The paper, published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, analyzed data from 34 cross-sectional studies that looked at perio status and quality of life among teens and adults. Twenty-five studies […]

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Tired of the Same ‘ol, Same ‘ol? Introduce Some New Healthy Herbs & Spices to Your Meals! (Recipes Included)

Bored with putting the same meals on the table every week? Looking for more variety but still want to focus on healthy options? Healthy cooking does not have to be boring or difficult. One easy way to add variety and change up the flavor of simple dishes is by adding some new herbs or spices […]

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5 Tips for Making Exercise Part of Your Life (and Staying Sharp as You Age)

There are lots of steps you can take toward keeping your brain sharp as you age. No doubt you’ve heard plenty of tips, from doing puzzles and games to increasing your antioxidant intake. One you may not have heard about so much: exercise. Yet as a new review of the science in the British Journal […]

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New Documentary on Diet & Disease Is a Bit of a Mixed Bag

If you were looking for some extra motivation to eat better, you could do far worse than watching the new documentary What the Health. It may gross you out and and make you frustrated enough with the food and pharma industries to re-think at least some of your food choices. The film follows Kip Anderson, […]

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What Are We Talking About When We Talk “Prevention”?

One of the virtues of a holistic approach is that it takes a proactive, preventive path to overall health and well-being. Eating well, exercising, getting enough rest and quality sleep, managing stress, practicing good oral hygiene – healthful habits like these go a long way toward preventing problems from arising in the first place. Think […]

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Want Healthy Gums? You Need to Get Enough Sleep

When researchers turn to the matter of healthy lifestyles – as in this 2016 study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings – they typically focus on just four elements: diet, exercise, obesity, and smoking status. Yet this is hardly all there is to “health.” One of the most overlooked aspects? Sleep. The value of getting enough […]

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