It’s easy to grasp the importance of regular oral hygiene to avoid mouth based issues like tooth decay and bleeding gums.

But when we stretch the discussion to whether regular flossing can lower our risk of a heart attack, understanding the link can get a bit fuzzy.

After all, where’s the connection between our mouths and our hearts anyway?

As you’ll see by the end of our discussion, having a healthy mouth is a great start toward having a healthy body.

Understanding the mouth/body connection…

In 2006, a team of researchers lead by Steven R. Gundry, M.D., of the International Heart and Lung Institute in Palm Springs, California did a study on 300 people who had moderate risk of heart disease. Continue reading

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Have you ever looked at your toothbrush under a microscope?

I have and it’s pretty freaky when you see all the little goobers clinging to the bristles.

Bottom line, a toothbrush is a great place for bad bugs to hang out, just waiting for another chance to recolonize your mouth.

What’s required to stop your toothbrush from being a petri dish to grow bad bugs is to simply understand what environment these bad bugs need in order to thrive.  By removing one or more of the conditions bad bugs need to survive, we can have the comfort to know that our toothbrushes are not acting as petri dishes.

The good news is it’s really simple to clean your toothbrush and keep it free from bad bugs without having to spend any money on one of those new fangled toothbrush sanitizers.

Here are three simple strategies to make sure your toothbrush is germ free. Continue reading

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Thankfully we get lots of questions from our community asking us what our thoughts are about a specific dental office or if we have any dentists in their local area that we like.

In our style of ‘teaching you how to fish’ rather than just answering whether we know of a good dentist in your area, we’d like to share 7 key elements that, when put together, create a ‘dream dentist’.

Now, realistically, you most likely won’t find a dentist in your area who applies all of our ‘dream dentist’ qualities.

However, it’s our hope that by sharing with you what we consider to be an ideal dental office, you’ll be more empowered to identify for yourself if your dentist is well suited and trained to help you and your family navigate to optimal oral health.

Let’s plan to walk through this ‘ideal dental office’ first from a mindset point of view then shift into more technical aspects of the tools the ‘dream dentist’ uses in his/her practice, and wrapping up with the foundation in holistic dentistry. Continue reading

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Our friend Dr Al Danenberg has 40 years as a dentist specializing in the treatment of gum disease (called a periodontist).  In 40 years, you can imagine that he has ‘been there, done that’ in the treatment of gum disease.

However, a twist of fate provoked him to question everything he ‘knew’ to be true regarding how to navigate the path to optimal oral (and whole body) health.  He had a stroke.

In 2013, Dr Al was introduced to ancestral nutrition.  And, he was ready to hear it.

He took on this new found information (essentially a Paleo like diet) with gusto and he has never looked back.  In the process, he has massively improved his own health.

But he didn’t stop there.  Continue reading

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We just returned from a trip to the mainland and, although we prefer to shop at small, local food shops, while traveling we did end up shopping at Whole Foods Market some during the trip.

While there, I noticed a fun marketing sign that read, “Treat your body like it belongs to someone you love”.

Going with this Whole Foods slogan, an alternative title to this article could be ‘How to brush your teeth like you want to keep them in your mouth for the rest of your life’.  But then I realized that it would be too long of a title, so I scrapped it. :)

Brushing our teeth on a daily (or twice or thrice) basis is one of the foundational practices necessary to navigate to optimal oral health.  And you’re right when you think, ‘Uh, isn’t that pretty self evident, Will?”

But how we brush our teeth is of critical importance to whether we will create a positive impact on the health of our teeth and gums or cause damage in the long run.  And, even more important than how we brush is why we brush.

In this article, we explore the 4 reasons why we should regularly brush our teeth.  Continue reading

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We’ve all been there many times…

We’re running late getting out the door to go to work, to the gym, on a date, so we drag our brush over our teeth for 20 seconds and promise our pearly whites we’ll make it up to them later. (err, scratch that, we probably don’t rush brushing our teeth before a date :-) )

A question we pose to you is this…

When was the last time you really cared for your teeth like you want them to stay healthy in your mouth for the rest of your life?

A secondary title for this article could be…

Whoever proclaimed 2 minutes was the ‘golden rule’ for brushing anyway?

Quick confession here…   Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you agree that we are only as informed as the questions we know to ask?

In other words, the way we learn new information that is outside our realm of current knowledge is to form questions of something unknown and get those questions answered.

The problem is, unless we know what questions to ask, we won’t get the answers we need to make an informed decision, right?

So when we turn our attention toward the serious consideration of whether or not to get a root canal, we must gather all the information possible in order to make the wisest, most informed decision we can for our long term health.  We hope this article helps you have some questions to ask your dentist regarding their understanding of root canal therapy. Continue reading

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It’s been many months since we first published the previous articles on root canals.

For those of you who are new to this series, we began this journey with an article titled, “Understanding the issues with root canals” that explores some of the primary concerns about root canal therapy.

We then pondered together what our options are if we have an existing root canal, with the article titled “I have a root canal.  What are my options?”.

The last article we wrote on the subject explores options if we have a missing tooth.  (While not specifically about root canals, one option that some people choose if they have an existing root canal is to have the dead tooth removed, so we include this article in the series.)

And so we continue the discussion of what is definitely one of the most heated debates in dentistry today.  Arguments exist on both sides regarding the relative safety of root canal therapy. Continue reading

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And so we see the passing of perhaps the biggest heavyweight fighter in dentistry the world has known for many decades.

Dr Hal Huggins died on November 29, 2014.  In honor of ‘the Doc’ we would like to recount some of the many ways Dr Huggins contributed to us having a safer, healthier world.

Despite persecution by regulatory agencies through his entire career, Dr Huggins pressed on to research the root causes of disease.  Formally trained as a dentist, Dr Huggins identified profound connections between dental health and whole body health.  Like other heroes such as Weston Price and George Meinig, who sacrificed their fame and reputations for what they believed was true, Dr Huggins’ commitment to seeking the truth deserves respect even from those who opposed his work. Continue reading

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Who says we can’t have a healthy mouth while being a busy mom caring for lots of kids?

Meet our customer Leigh Anne.

Can you imagine the guilt or shame that many moms of young kids inflict upon themselves for doing the ‘mom thing’ of putting the needs of others before their own?   Surely you can understand how she might just be too busy to schedule an appointment.  Maybe you’ve even done that to yourself? Continue reading

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