Are you ready to go on an adventure?

This journey requires great courage and an open mind because today we want to explore with you beyond one of the most highly prized ‘sacred cow’ stories in our culture around oral health…

All plaque is bad.

It seems our culture loves to over-condense issues and subjects to their most simplistic form, right vs wrong, good vs bad.

Today we invite you to peer beyond this simplistic belief and understand that plaque isn’t good or bad, how some stages of plaque do play a role in tooth decay and gum disease, how other stages of plaque actually protect our teeth, and how you can be a ‘good conductor’ of the symphony in your mouth. Continue reading

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Is there a connection between receding gums, snoring, and feeling ‘less than energetic’?

Today we are going to put several pieces of the puzzle in place to not only greater oral health but whole being wellness.

In a recent article titled, ‘What causes receding gums and how to stop it’ (which happened to be our most popular blog article yet, thank you) we discussed that one of the major causes of gum recession is habitual grinding of teeth at night (called bruxism).

In this month’s expert interview we dive deep with Dr Mark Burhenne, a California based dentist who specializes in helping patients address sleep issues and author of the #1 amazon best seller “The 8-Hour Sleep Paradox: How We Are Sleeping Our Way to Fatigue, Disease and Unhappiness”, into the connection between bruxism (grinding teeth), gum recession, snoring, adrenal fatigue and sleep apnea. Continue reading

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Here at OraWellness we talk a lot about the importance of feedback loops…

Actions we can personally take to help know that we are heading in the right direction on our path to optimal oral health.

There are many things we can do in the comfort of our own home that provide us tremendous insight and feedback whether the actions we are taking to improve our oral health are actually helping or not.

We consider ‘getting to know your mouth’ to be the first step to dental self empowerment.  Also important is tracking your saliva pH as the acid/alkaline balance in the mouth provides us with a quantitative measure to actually see that what we are doing is helping or not.

However, part of what we call ‘dental self empowerment’ is knowing when to enlist the help of our dental team to assist us in gathering important, measurable information to determine that we are heading in the right direction.   Continue reading

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Dental sealants are heralded as one of the ‘great hopes’ to stop tooth decay in modern culture.  Numerous research studies over the past 20 years have shown that sealants decrease tooth decay.

But what’s really going on here?  Are the results of the studies accurate or being manipulated to paint a pretty picture?  And most importantly, given that most of the modern dental culture still functions from within the story that the mouth is separate from the rest of the body, what about the whole body impact of sealants?

Today let’s explore 5 reasons why we are very cautious about dental sealants as well as a powerful strategy you can employ if you choose to have sealants placed on your child’s teeth to help mitigate much of the potential risks of sealants. Continue reading

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This article is the follow up on what causes receding gums and how to stop it.  In the last article, we explored how gum recession can only happen when the underlying bone tissue of the upper and lower jaw has diminished through the process of demineralization.

In this article, we will explore together various methods and strategies to support and optimize maintaining bone density in the jaws as well as how we can actually rebuild bone tissue that has been demineralized.

To get started however, we feel the need to restate our stance on a common myth circulating the internet about receding gums… Continue reading

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Like so many subjects in medicine and dentistry, the internet is full of misinformation and misunderstandings around gum recession.  Some will say you can grow back gum tissue and others will say you can’t.  Some tell you that receding gums is from brushing too hard and others say gum recession occurs from gum disease.

So, this article serves as our best attempt to dispel the myths around receding gums and offer you some support how to best address gum recession to stop its progression in your own mouth. Continue reading

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Has your dentist ever tried to tell you about the importance of nutrition?

Not just the rhetoric of ‘Don’t eat sugar’ but really want to educate you about the critical role of nutrient dense foods for creating optimal oral health (and whole body wellness)?

Neither had we until we started OraWellness several years ago and began to meet some amazing dental professionals really doing their best to educate their patients about the foundational role that nutrition plays in navigating the path to optimal oral health.

Dr Al Danenberg is one of our amazing dentist friends.  Dr D is a dentist who has specialized in treating gum disease for the past 40+ years.

After what he refers to as his ‘wake up call’ of having a stroke, he began to dig beyond what our culture says is a healthy diet and lifestyle.   Continue reading

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We all want a radiant smile.  While much of the radiance of a smile comes from within, whether we are letting our ‘Light’ shine or not, many of us still want a physically nice smile too.

We recently discussed at length how to naturally whiten teeth without destroying our enamel.  We also have discussed how to stop two common habits that cause crooked teeth.

In this article, let’s dive into answering the following two questions:

“So, my teeth are already crooked, what can I do to straighten them?” and “My teeth are pretty straight but I feel them shifting.  What can I do to keep them straight?” Continue reading

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Since you’re here, you already know that gum disease is a huge silent epidemic in our global culture.

The sad statistics don’t lie.

If you choose to listen to the ‘official’ story from governmental data, 50% of adults in the US have advanced gum disease.  We find a more accurate statistic from ‘in the trenches’ dentists working in people’s mouths everyday.  These dentists tell us the numbers are upward of 90% of adults have some stage of active gum disease.

So what does this have to do with children? Continue reading

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At some point in the journey each of us takes toward optimal oral health, we wake up to realize that we have to take better care of our teeth and gums.  Unfortunately, at this point, most of us simply increase what we are doing, assuming for example, “I must not be brushing my teeth enough”.

The problem occurs when we take action without first questioning whether what we’ve been taught by ‘conventional wisdom’ is true or health giving.  It’s a really common slippery slope because we want to make change (we’ve awakened to the fact that we need to do something now) we rush headlong into doing more of the same.

However, without stopping to examine the fact that much of the damage in our mouths has come from ‘conventional wisdom’, we risk increasing the problem rather than finding the path to optimal oral health.  We call this acting-before-thinking strategy the ‘Ready, Fire, Aim’ approach.

And so when we turn our attention to a common question we receive here at OraWellness, we see a very similar situation. Continue reading

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