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New Study Identifies Chronic Gum Disease as Potential Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s

Research published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Alzheimer's Research and Therapy has determined that people suffering from gum disease for 10 years or longer are 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The study was conducted in Taiwan by researchers from Chung Shan Medical University and the National Defense Medical Center.

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Squid Ink Could One Day Be Used to Test for Gum Disease

Gum disease is a common oral condition that affects an estimated 64.7 million American adults, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This new study shows that dentists could one day eliminate one of the tools used to test for gum disease thanks to the innovative use of squid ink.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Floss

Flossing is not only reported as one of the most dreaded of oral hygiene duties, but it’s also the most confusing for many of our patients. Here are a few commonly asked questions when it comes to flossing:

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Minimata Convention on Mercury Brings Awareness to Dental Amalgam

The Minamata Convention on Mercury was signed in October 2013 by almost 140 countries around the world. It aims to protect both the environment and the health of millions of people around the globe from the dangers associated with mercury. Some products of concern include batteries, lamps, cosmetics, thermometers, blood pressure tools and even dental fillings made of mercury amalgam. In addition, gold-mining operations and coal-fired power plants will be closely monitored and controlled.  

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Are Root Canals Really Necessary?

According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 15 million root canals are performed on patients around the nation every year. In fact, each day around 41,000 root canals are completed.  

Usually extreme pain sends patients reluctantly to the dentist to seek treatment they have been avoiding, since the cause of many root canals is decay that has gone unaddressed over time. In the past, root canals were the unchallenged, go-to treatment when the inside of the tooth became too infected for a simple filling. However, in recent years they have become a controversial topic, especially with the emergence of a community of dentists who take a more natural approach.

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Is Pool Time Ruining Your Teeth?

Swimming is one of the best calorie-burning activities there is. Not only is it a great workout, but it can also be incredibly refreshing and even relaxing on a hot summer day. For some, a love of swimming develops early in life and carries over into adulthood. And while most swimmers are aware of the effects of chlorinated water on their hair and skin, very few realize the damage the chemically treated water can do to their teeth. Pools that are not maintained with balanced pH levels can cause problems for those who swim on a regular basis.  

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Why Orange Juice and Toothpaste Don't Mix

Have you ever made the mistake of taking a giant swig of orange juice with your breakfast just after brushing your teeth? If you have, you likely remember how terrible it tasted. You’ll be happy to know you aren’t the only one who has experienced this. It’s so common, in fact, that researchers decided to look into why exactly this occurs.

One ingredient in toothpaste, sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS, is likely the culprit, according to scientists. SLS is a surfactant and is added to toothpaste as a sudsing agent. It’s the reason your toothpaste gets frothy in your mouth and makes it easy to spread around across and in between your teeth. Surfactants like this are often added to soaps, shampoos and detergents as well. Consumer research shows that people like seeing foaming bubbles when they use products meant for cleaning -- it makes us feel like the product is doing its job!

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Back-to-School Smiles: Teeth Tips for Kids

It’s that time of year again. As summer draws to a close, it's time to think about all things related to back to school: school supplies, outfits, carpool, sports. In the hustle and bustle to get everything ready for the school year, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important parts of our children’s health: their teeth.

In fact, oral health plays a huge role when it comes to school. Studies show that 31 percent of parents in the United States report their children have missed school due to dental problems. On average, elementary school students miss six days of school a year for dental-related issues, according to research from the University of Southern California.

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New Regulations From the EPA Attempt to Reduce Dental Mercury Waste

Commonly referred to as the "Dental Rule", the "Effluent Limitations Guideline and Standards for Dental Category" is the official name of the updated federal regulations that will affect the dental industry. This ruling was issued in December of 2016 by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was rescinded via an executive order by President Trump in his first day in office, just over a month later, with all other rulings that had been finalized by President Obama but not published in the Federal Register.

As of June 14, 2017, the ruling was back in action and published in the Federal Register. Greenwire reports it was reinstated because the National Resources Defense Council filed a law suit against the EPA because they did not give adequate notice or allow a public comment period before rescinding it; making the withdraw of the ruling illegal.  Dental offices around the nation will be required to comply with the new guidelines by July 14, 2020.

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Virtual Reality May Be the Solution to Dental Anxiety

Dental patients enjoy long walk on the beach according to a news study from the University of Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham and published in the journal of Environment & Behavior.

The study was conducted to determine if virtual reality could help improve the patient experience during common treatments like tooth extractions and fillings that often cause anxiety. The patients were split into groups with one receiving treatment as normal as the control group, one used virtual reality to walk through a random city and the third used virtual reality to stroll along Wembury beach in Devon, England.

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SMART: Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology updated their amalgam removal policy and renamed it the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, or SMART, in July of 2016. Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry is certified by the IAOMT in the SMART method of removal to promote healthier, safer dental choices for our patients.

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Biocompatibility Testing

What is Biocompatibility Testing?

It sounds confusing and complicated: biocompatibility. Merriam-Webster defines it as: the condition of being compatible with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic or injurious and not causing immunological rejection. Basically, this means that the material used in a medical or dental procedure will be compatible with your body.

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Toothpaste Alternatives

There are so many toothpaste brands and varieties available today that it’s a nearly impossible challenge to list even half of them. It can be frustrating standing in the toothpaste aisle trying to determine which paste is right for your teeth and also right for your overall health. But, what if toothpaste wasn’t your only option? Today, many alternatives are available as people around the world search for more natural ways to care for their bodies. Here are a few alternatives to traditional toothpaste:

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The 3 Best and Worst Things to Eat or Drink for Your Teeth

Living a healthy lifestyle is an all encompassing philosophy. Every part of your life affects your health in one way or another. One of the most commonly known associations with lifestyle health is that stress levels affect blood pressure and heart rate. One of the least known, certainly not very often thought about, is the relation between what we eat and how it effects our teeth and gums. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to eating for your teeth.

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Zirconia Dental Implants: A More Natural Solution for Missing Teeth

Titanium Vs. Zirconia Dental Implants 

Titanium is one of the most popular substances used in the medical and dental field. It’s used in hip replacements, knee replacements and even in dental implants. Over 95 percent of today’s dental implants are made of titanium alloy according to the Vancouver Centre for Implant Dentistry. In fact, they’ve been the standard in dental implant material since the 1960s.

Few people realize that now there is an alternative choice available for those looking for a more natural material both in appearance and in biocompatibility. Zirconia is catching on in popularity for those patients who value a more holistic approach to healthcare or for those concerned about metal allergies. Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, prefers using zirconia implants in his practice because of their more natural material.

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What is Biomimetic Dentistry?

 

There’s a new type of dentistry making a name for itself around the nation. It’s called biomimetic dentistry, and according to the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, it focuses on tooth preservation and conservation in order to reduce and eliminate root canals and crowns.

Dr. Bryan Schwarts, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, believes that the traditional ‘drill and fill’ ways of dentistry are hurting us more than helping us.

"As a biomimetic dentist, I believe that oral health has a strong connection and influence on the entire body," said Schwartz. "Prevention is always at the forefront of everything we do and if treatment is needed, the most natural, minimally-invasive way is the best solution."

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5 Reasons to Smile More

 Smiling comes easy to some people, but for others, it can be more of a challenge. Here are five reasons you should try to smile more, even if you have to work at it.

Appear Likeable and Trustworthy

In an area such as the service industry, connecting with customers can be important. Researchers found that when employees smiled authentically at their customers, they left feeling satisfied with their experience. The employers were also perceived as likable, competent and friendly. In addition, other studies have found that smiles make you appear more trustworthy.

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You Won't Believe What's Hiding in Your Toothbrush!

Those who consider themselves "Germaphobes" are not going to like this one. A study conducted by Manchester University found that more than 10 million bacteria live in the average toothbrush.

You might say to yourself, "not mine! I keep my covered and away from the toilet!" Unfortunately, that may just not be enough to keep your brush free from bacteria.

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How Normal Are Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums are one of the most commonly searched dental problems around the internet. So, are bleeding gums normal? Swollen, red or bleeding gums are actually one of the first signs of gum disease according to the Mayo Clinic. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease actually occurs in stages with the first being referred to as gingivitis.

The good news is that with professional treatment and an effective and consistent home care routine, gingivitis is completely reversible said Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

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How Healthy is Replacing Soda with Flavored Water?

For the first time in history, bottled water has outsold soda and according to Fortune soda sales are at a 30-year low. 1 Consumers are becoming more and more concerned about their health and their shopping habits are proving it. The obvious choice for the first drink to go in an attempt to create healthier habits is soda. Both the sugar and the calorie content have been shown by countless cases of research to be detrimental to our health and well-being. Many people then turned to diet sodas. Many diet beverages market themselves as sugar-free and low calorie or even zero calorie. However, research has been published over the last few years that has shown reason to be concerned with the artificial sweeteners used in diet beverages.



The messages have spread like wildfire all over social media. Possibly due to the skepticism that has surrounded these once believed to be healthy alternatives, sales fell for the big name brands in diet soda by 5-10 percent last year.

Research has long claimed the only drink your body needs is plain water. However, even the bottled water sales are showing that some of the most popular waters are the flavored varieties. So, why hasn’t complete devotion to tap water caught on yet, even after all this scientifically-backed support? According to RWL Water, one-fifth of Americans report that they don’t like the taste of plain water.

The problem with flavored water is that it’s not always as healthy as it seems, especially for your teeth. They aren’t usually full of sugar, like sodas, but the citrus flavors can potentially damage teeth. Biomimetic dentist Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin said that enamel is the teeth’s number one line of defense, and it’s actually not sugar that is its biggest enemy.

"It’s a common misconception that the only things you really need to worry about are sugar and coloring when it comes to your teeth," said Schwartz. "One of the main factors that effect the enamel of the teeth is actually the acidity of the food or drink in question. Anything with a pH balance under 4 puts the enamel on the teeth in danger of erosion."

Scientists recently studied 379 different drinks that were readily available from stores in Alabama to determine their pH balance. They found that 93 percent of them had pH levels lower than four. Their results were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.2

The lower a pH number is the more acidic the solution is. This acidity eats away at the enamel of teeth over time, said Schwartz.

"One of the most common problems that occur when the enamel begins to erode is tooth sensitivity," said Schwartz. "As the enamel wears away, the teeth begin to look yellow and discolored because the layer under it, the dentin, is not white. The teeth also become more prone to cracks, fractures and decay because the enamel helps keep teeth strong and protected."


Sources:

1 Kell, John. "Bottled Water Continues to Take the Fizz Out of Diet Soda." Pepsi vs Coca-Cola: U.S. Soda Sales Decline For 12th Consecutive Year | Fortune.com. Fortune, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 09 May 2017.

2 Reddy, Avanija, Don F. Norris, Stephanie S. Momeni, Belinda Waldo, and John D. Rudy. "The pH of beverages in the United States." Journal of American Dental Association 147.4 (2016): 255-63. Web.

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