“In order to reach a new destination, we must first know our current location.”

 

In part 1 of this subject, we explored the importance of having ways to know whether an action we are taking is helping us to create positive change or not.  We refer to these tools as feedback mechanisms or feedback loops.  In other words, we have some way to quantify whether the actions we are taking is helping us or not.

While this seems pretty straight forward, if you stop to think about how many supplements we’ve taken over the years because we thought that they would help us but never got any feedback whether they helped or not, you’ll see that we take actions all the time without ever really knowing if the specific action helped or not.  Thus, the importance of having clearly defined feedback loops. Continue reading

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Aloha All,

So, yesterday was Will’s birthday and we decided to have an impromptu giveaway on facebook for our facebook community.  We were somewhat overwhelmed by your response and the loving birthday wishes we received!  Thank you so much!

We had planned on giving away a 3 pack of our Healthy Mouth Blend and a family pack of our specially designed Bass toothbrushes.  However, we’ve been so moved by your response, we have chosen to give away 3 of these gift packs rather than the one we had planned! Continue reading

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It’s an unfortunate reality that most people in western culture still consider oatmeal a healthy way to start the day.

In today’s discussion we are going to dive into what foods undermine our ability to navigate to greater oral health.

More importantly, by the end of today’s discussion, you’ll understand WHY these foods directly undermine our ability to create positive change in our oral health. Continue reading

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This article is part 2 of a 3 part series exploring the fundamental role that diet and nutrition play in our ability to create optimal oral health.  In the first article in the series, we explored how our diets have a foundational impact on whether our teeth are prone to decay or able to resist decay, and particularly how the system called dentinal fluid transport is primarily responsible in determining whether our teeth are decay resistant or prone to decay.  In this article, we will focus on what foods support proper dentinal fluid flow, therefore contributing to greater oral health and more importantly why.

If you haven’t read the first article on dentinal fluid flow, we strongly encourage you to read part 1 of the series before jumping into today’s article.  You see, the information from the first article really sets the stage to best understand today’s discussion.

Riding on the shoulders of giants…

Any discussion on the impact of nutrition on oral health must include the landmark work of Continue reading

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We recently came across two separate new advancements in the field of dentistry.  Each of them shows quite a bit of promise to us.  As many of you who have been following us for a while know, we tend to be pretty conservative when it comes to many of the ‘bells and whistles’ in modern dentistry.  I really prefer the idea of something that has stood the test of time.

However, when new technologies are developed that could prove to be game changers, it behooves us to take a good look at them and determine if they are coming from an angle that supports both the health of the mouth AND the health of the whole body.  Continue reading

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Helping to heal the misunderstandings our culture has around how to navigate the path to greater oral health is so fulfilling for us because this subject has such deep implications to the level of  whole body health each of us experiences on a daily basis.

This article is the first of series where we will focus on the role of diet and nutrition on oral health.  In this first of the series diving into the role of nutrition and oral health, we are going to introduce 4 main aspects how diet and nutrition impact our oral health on a whole system view. Continue reading

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In this article we hope to share with you what we consider to be a very profound process to help you navigate not only to greater oral health, but to improved whole body health as well.  In fact, without this relatively simple step, any efforts we take to create positive change in our oral health could literally do nothing or even lead us in the wrong direction. Continue reading

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Thank you so much for all the great feedback and comments regarding the first article on this subject of electric vs. manual brushing!

Now that we have established that how we brush our teeth is fundamentally more important than what tool we choose to use to brush, let’s jump into taking a closer look at several types of electric and manual toothbrushes to see how each of them functions best to help us create positive change in our oral health.

In case you haven’t read part one of this discussion, here’s a linkContinue reading

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We are honored that we were recently asked to contribute to an expert roundup on the subject of whether electric brushes or manual brushes are the better option for one’s oral health.  Like so much ‘news’ in these days which take the form of quick tidbits of information, we often find that such blog posts, while helpful, can often leave much information out of the story in order to appeal to the ‘Can I read it in less than 5 minutes’ internet mentality.

So, rather than just leave it with our ‘less than 50 words’ answer, we decided to give you our full discussion on the subject here! :) Continue reading

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Who doesn’t enjoy a warm drink in the morning?

The desire to have something warm in the belly first thing in the morning seems to be a universal human desire. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, starting our day with a warm drink supports a healthy stomach, spleen and pancreas which gets the ball rolling for a healthy day… year… life!

The dilemma is that I don’t want to tweak my adrenals with coffee, dose myself with fluoride from tea, or spike my blood sugar with hot cocoa. So, what’s left???

I have a confession to make… Continue reading

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