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Medication for Bone Density Might Spell Trouble for Your Jaw

While routine dental care and good oral hygiene are important for everyone, they’re particularly important if you’re taking bone density drugs. That’s because osteoporosis isn’t just about your spine. It can affect your jaw bone, too – just not in the way you might think. It has to do with the bisphosphonate drugs commonly prescribed […]

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10 Tips to Cool a Heart on Fire – Strengthen Your Digestive System

You know heartburn – the discomfort it causes in your chest. Often, the discomfort of reflux radiates up to your neck or throat. You may experience shortness of breath or nausea. But sometimes there aren’t any obvious symptoms. Maybe you have a mild cough, hoarseness, or on again/off again discomfort after eating. These symptoms may […]

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Fish Oil as Health Risk? Sifting Through to the Facts

There’s no doubt that when it comes to preserving and maintaining health, we can be faced with lots of challenges. One way more people are choosing to deal with some of those challenges is through supplements. Consider fish oil. Rarely are its benefits disputed. Conditions that fish oil has been reported to help include Heart […]

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Beer & Chocolate & Microbes That Matter

When it comes to gut health, the diversity of your microbiome is key. Through two studies just published in Science, researchers from Belgium and the Netherlands offer new insight about the intestinal bacteria living inside each and every one of us. The research points the way toward identifying the makeup of a “universal microbiome.” The […]

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Water: Elixir for Life

Water may be the closest thing we have to an “elixir for life.” Think about it: Our bodies are nearly two-thirds water. Even our bones are 20% water. Consequently, water isn’t only essential for life. It’s essential for maintaining a long and healthy life. Thank goodness our bodies have sensitive detectors throughout that process our […]

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Too Much Sweetness Weakens Defenses

Americans eat more sugar than anyone else in the world. Our average daily intake of 126.4 grams puts us well ahead of the pack. Convert it to calories and it adds up to 506. A day. Just from sugar. The stuff that fuels all manner of chronic disease, including tooth decay. Yet did you know […]

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Does Chewing Gum Belong in Your Medicine Chest?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol often found in sugarless gum. You’ve probably heard something about its potential to actively prevent cavities. What you might not know is that the evidence for its effectiveness is still not totally settled. Last year, Cochrane Reviews published an analysis of 10 studies comparing products containing xylitol with various controls. […]

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Oral Probiotics: Friends with Benefits

Seems not a day goes by that you don’t hear something about how the microbes in your gut are key to overall health. But while you’re deciding how to feed it the healthy bacteria it needs, you might want to shine a little light on your mouth. Turns out that probiotics – those friendly bacteria […]

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Embracing Your Dental Anxiety & Moving Forward

Knowing what we know about the importance of a healthy mouth to overall health, we find it curious when a client misses an appointment that can help them achieve and sustain both. While emergencies do happen and schedules can change, habitual no-shows are not only concerning; they point to the proverbial elephant in the room: […]

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The “Natural” Consequences of Breastfeeding

Is describing breastfeeding as “natural” ethically problematic? That’s the claim of a recent article in Pediatrics. Why problematic? “Natural” influences people, say the authors. “Natural” encourages people to believe something’s better or healthier. And that just can’t be! Pardon the pun, but naturally this got our attention. After all, breastfeeding is a natural function. More, […]

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