Mercury in Teeth: Is Amalgam Poisoning You?

This past summer, the journal of Metabolic Brain Disease published a study further corroborating the connection between mercury exposure and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)¹. This release follows several studies exposing parallels between high mercury levels and autism symptoms in children. The government does not yet formally recognize mercury as a potential risk factor for ASD. The…

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With Christmas behind us and 2016 quickly coming to a close, many individuals are taking time to seriously devise their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you already intend to shed those extra pounds, increase take-home pay or volunteer more. For 2017, Assure A Smile encourages patients and readers to adopt positive dental habits alongside their existing affirmations. Because…

Sleep Apnea is Killing You

Last week on the blog, we discussed how seasonal affective disorder (SAD) disrupts wholesome behaviors and overall happiness. SAD is a serious and diagnosable disorder, but is often confused with the common symptoms of the “winter blues.” Millions of Americans have trouble staying energized during the winter, but aren’t necessarily suffering from a serious condition such…

Dental Anxiety Part I

Feeling blue because of the cold, dreary winter weather? Seasonal affective disorder is more than just intermittent sadness or a longing for a warm breeze. The Mayo Clinic defines seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as a type of depression related to the shift in seasons. Symptoms begin and end around the same time each year, typically…

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Since being officially classified as a neurotoxin, parents are growing more concerned about their children’s fluoride consumption – and rightfully so. In 2013, a Harvard University study funded by the National Institute of Health concluded that children exposed to high levels of fluoridated water showed significantly lower IQ scores than those residing in less fluoridated areas. “The…

Aside from the aesthetic implications of failing to care for your teeth and gums, poor oral health poses major threats for your entire wellbeing. Many common ailments and diseases are said to be linked to the oral cavity, including heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, lung conditions and rheumatoid arthritis. One study shows that people with serious…

Orthodontic Evaluation

Some of us are born with perfect smiles, but it’s rare. Young children often receive orthodontic treatment for crooked teeth, along with less-than-satisfactory oral bone development issues. Getting an orthodontic evaluation can have a plethora of benefits. Orthodontic treatments, including braces, are extremely common in children and young adults to ensure teeth grow healthy and…

The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are well documented. Despite a growing body of research supporting these health benefits, many Americans are still unaware of this simple yet powerful type of vinegar. In this article, we review a few key health benefits and offer tips for anyone interested in making apple cider vinegar a bigger part of daily nutrition.

Are you neglecting your teeth and gums? If so, you could be at risk for premature cognitive decline later in life. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, aging adults with dementia also exhibit higher rates of oral disease.

Last week, we explored how smoking cigarettes has recently been shown to alter the oral microbiome and increase the risk of developing tooth decay. This week, a new study has been published suggesting an even more fatal link between oral bacteria and health. According to a study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, changes in mouth bacteria have been linked to the development of pancreatic cancer.

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