Assure A Smile http://www.assureasmile.com News, Tips, and Articles about Miami Dentistry Fri, 29 May 2015 18:47:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 8 Astonishing Things You Never Knew About Your Teeth and Gums http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/8-astonishing-things-you-never-knew-about-your-teeth-and-gums/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/8-astonishing-things-you-never-knew-about-your-teeth-and-gums/#comments Fri, 29 May 2015 18:47:08 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2718 Smiles are truly amazing. The entire oral anatomy—from teeth to gums and tongue—is an instrumental part of the human experience. From forging positive first impressions to chewing delicious and nutritious foods, our teeth and gums play an integral role in the enjoyment of everyday life. Yet, there is much that goes unknown, or unappreciated, about our oral anatomy.

Take a moment to review the following facts about teeth, gums, and holistic health. Then, consider how your oral health might benefit from simple changes to daily routine.

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Fluoride in Tap Water Imported from China, Untested Before Use http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/fluoride-in-tap-water-imported-from-china-untested-before-use/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/fluoride-in-tap-water-imported-from-china-untested-before-use/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 11:00:01 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2714 Now, public frustration with fluoride side effects has been compounded by the general lack of oversight the industry employs when sourcing, delivering, and monitoring fluoride distribution via public water systems. Recently, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski commented on this issue, reprimanding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for failing to inspect fluoride additives that are imported from China and added directly to U.S. water supplies.

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Admits Fluoride May Harm Teeth http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/u-s-department-of-health-human-services-admits-fluoride-may-harm-teeth/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/u-s-department-of-health-human-services-admits-fluoride-may-harm-teeth/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 13:18:32 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2710 Fluorosis—a permanent discoloring of the teeth—is on the rise amongst teenagers, affecting a reported 41% of young boys and girls. In response to this statistic, the United States Department of Health and Human Services concedes that the fluoride content of public water should be lowered to about 0.7mg/L, a full 30% lower than the current legal threshold maintained by many communities in the U.S. Uncertain of the long-term effects, the Department of Health and Human Services says a follow-up evaluation will be conducted in 10 years to evaluate the impact the recent change has on the rate of fluorosis amongst America’s children.

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Can Prescription Medications Contribute to Tooth Decay? http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/can-prescription-medications-contribute-to-tooth-decay/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/can-prescription-medications-contribute-to-tooth-decay/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:05:36 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2693 Prescription medications often carry an array of unwanted side effects. For those who suffer with a gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, those side effects might even include abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, irritability, ADHD, and arthritis. That’s because many prescription medications are coated with gluten, a wheat protein that causes more than 300 undesirable side effects for an estimated 3 million Americans (i). There is another side effect to gluten consumption that is often overlooked, even by those who suffer with allergy or Celiac disease. That side effect is oral decay, and it has the potential to lead to infection, gum disease (periodontitis), and increased risk of stroke and heart disease.

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Why Is Tooth Decay Running Rampant Among American Children? http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/why-is-tooth-decay-running-rampant-among-american-children/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/why-is-tooth-decay-running-rampant-among-american-children/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2685 tooth decay is growing among American children between the ages of 2 and 11, a vital period that sets the stage for personal growth in teenage and young adult years. We’ve created this special guide so both parents and children can learn to better care for their teeth, gums, and total body health.

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Fluoride, ADHD, and Tooth Decay http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/fluoride-adhd-and-tooth-decay/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/fluoride-adhd-and-tooth-decay/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 23:20:00 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2680 Over-exposure to fluoride is common and may cause a variety of serious side effects, including dental fluorosis (permanent discoloration of enamel), thyroid disease, kidney disease, and lowered IQ in children, just to name a few. Now, a new study links fluoride consumption with increased rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among children.

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World’s Largest Fluoride Study Links Fluoridated Water with Hypothyroidism http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/worlds-largest-fluoride-study-links-fluoridated-water-hypothyroidism/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/worlds-largest-fluoride-study-links-fluoridated-water-hypothyroidism/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:20:19 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2673 Most recently, the largest fluoride study ever conducted has linked heightened exposure to fluoridated water with an increased risk of developing hypothyroidism. The study undermines the outdated practice, showing strong evidence that water fluoridation might have a long-term toxic effect on the population. Read more on fluoride free dentistry, a non-toxic approach that creates healthy teeth and gums for life.

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Oreos and Oral Health: How Cookies Cause More Than Cavities http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/oreos-oral-health-cookies-cause-cavities/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/oreos-oral-health-cookies-cause-cavities/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:13:57 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2667 For researchers at the College of Connecticut, there’s no question about it: Junk food is addictive. Most addictive are heavily processed snacks that have high levels of sugar and fat, like Oreo cookies. In fact, a recent study indicates that Oreo cookies are just as addictive as cocaine or morphine. This is a startling discovery for parents and children alike, as Oreos are one of America’s favorite sandwich cookies. Nevertheless, the discovery underscores and important fact: The American diet is rich in high-fat and high-sugar snacks that wreak havoc on the teeth, gums, and total body health.

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What is Biological Dentistry? http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/biological-dentistry/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/biological-dentistry/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:11:21 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2664 Today, patients have the opportunity to experience a safer and more thorough approach to oral health and wellness. Named biological dentistry, this method of oral health care differs from traditional “drill and fill” dentistry in several key ways. This article has been created to introduce South Florida families to the concept of biological dentistry, and why it’s important.

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Pay Attention to Blood Sugar and Oral Health http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/pay-attention-to-blood-sugar-and-oral-health/ http://www.assureasmile.com/miami-dentist-blog/pay-attention-to-blood-sugar-and-oral-health/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:14:03 +0000 http://www.assureasmile.com/?p=2661 In this article, we explore how insulin-related diseases can cause a rise in blood sugar levels that ultimately harms the holistic health of the body. We then examine how these conditions accelerate the development of gingivitis, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and undermine oral surgeries, like dental implants.

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