Why is it that some subjects like xylitol are heralded as so positive by some experts and thrown under the bus by others?

Like our recent article on the safety of using baking soda, today let’s explore whether using xylitol in the mouth on a regular basis is a safe and wise choice. Continue reading

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There are experts who claim that we shouldn’t brush our teeth with baking soda due to the wear that regular brushing with soda can cause on enamel and gum tissue.  While risks exist (that we will explore together in this article), we think there is a deeper issue responsible for the ‘damage’ blamed on baking soda.

This deeper issue is that most of us brush our teeth unconsciously.

Let’s face it, if you brush your teeth like you are scrubbing a grout line in your bathroom, using baking soda is going to cause damage even faster.

Incidentally, one way to tell whether you brush unconsciously is to notice Continue reading

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Have you ever been using your cell phone and felt/heard a weird sort of buzzing/whining sound?  I have and it freaked me out.  I felt a high pitched stinging feeling into my ear.

Having this first hand experience has caused me to really take a closer look at what impact cell phones could have on our oral and brain health.

I know, none of us wants to hear more about how cell phones could be causing trouble to our health.  But, thankfully, you are one of us who really desires to look at the truth rather than stick your head in the sand and pretend the problem doesn’t exist.

The good news is toward the end of this article, we will place a new video tutorial from us that will show you a technique to help support clearing the head of any scrambling from cell phones. Continue reading

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We recently received an email from a caring mom asking for ideas what she can do to help her son who has dentinogenesis imperfecti (DI).  DI is a genetic issue where the teeth come in very weak and crumble easily.

This mom shared with us the challenges she faces watching her one year old’s teeth cut through his gum only to begin crumbling soon after.

I sat for many days with this email staring me in the face.

I mean, what can I offer this mom?  The frustration and grief in her email were strong, yet I also read hope in her words as she was still searching for solutions. Continue reading

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We all want to have a bright, healthy smile, right?

It’s the unspoken sign of health, happiness and friendship across the planet.  Whether our motive is for the visual impact of a beautiful smile (guys, read handsome) or the logistic fact that crooked teeth are tougher to keep clean, having straight teeth is a universal desire.

But as the years pass, many of us find that our teeth are moving and NOT in the direction of that ideal, straight teeth smile.

Let’s take a look at some common reasons why teeth become crooked and more importantly what we can do to stop causing them to misalign. Continue reading

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Thank you for all the recent questions around the safety and risks of having wisdom teeth removed.
In response to our recent article, titled “The Common, Unknown Risk of Having Wisdom Teeth Removed” where we share our story about a cavitation surgery, we received many questions like “Is it safe to have wisdom teeth removed?” and “What are the risks associated with having wisdom teeth removed?” among many others.

As with so many subjects in dentistry and medicine, there is no black and white/ right and wrong answer.  It can be challenging to see clearly through the cultural stories around wisdom teeth removal as well as to review the scientific literature on the subject.

So, it’s in this spirit that we write to help you sort through the data to determine if having wisdom teeth removed for you or your children is the wise decision. Continue reading

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In 2013 I underwent a minor dental surgical procedure known as ‘cavitation surgery’. I was having pain in my lower left jaw and couldn’t figure out what was causing the pain.  It felt like a nagging throb behind my last molar, where my wisdom tooth was.

Maybe a little backstory would help…

Like many people here in the US and around the world, I had my wisdom teeth removed rather routinely when I was 18 because ‘that’s when you have wisdom teeth removed’, right? Continue reading

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We commonly get the question asking what is the optimal order to perform the various strategies we teach for oral hygiene to stop tooth decay, get rid of bad breath and halt the progression of gum disease.

Questions like…  “Should we brush first then floss or floss then brush?”  and, “when should I use the tongue scraper?” are among the many versions of this question.

Knowing what sequence to practice the various oral hygiene techniques can be dizzying, especially for those new to navigating this path to optimal oral health. Continue reading

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Have you ever had a spot inside your mouth, perhaps on the inside of your cheek or tongue, that was painful and white?  Most likely, this was a canker sore.  Getting rid of canker sores quickly and naturally can be difficult for some people.  Here are some easy to apply solutions that anyone can benefit from to help get rid of canker sores quickly. Continue reading

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Is it possible to stop persistent bad breath (also known as halitosis) in less time than it will take you to read this article?

Absolutely!  Unquestionably!

If you have been plagued with persistent bad breath, this article will provide you a simple, easy and fast way to stop halitosis once and for all.

The sad fact is bad breath is the #1 reason people go to the dentist. While halitosis can be a sign of more underlying issues that we’ll discuss later, more than 80% of bad breath can be eliminated by applying a simple two step oral hygiene technique we’ll explain in this article.

We know, we’ve been there. We’ve had the persistent bad breath that makes you self conscious about talking in confined spaces and causes you anxiety of the possibility of a snuggle with your romantic partner. Continue reading

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