A flurry of recent studies has Miami dental professionals—and their patients— concerned with the high concentration of fluoride in everything from tap water to toothpaste. Formerly hailed as an anti-cavity treatment, fluoride has been added to public water supplies since the mid 1900s and reaches an estimated 300 million individuals worldwide (i). Now, however, researchers are linking fluoride exposure with heightened incidence of serious side effects including abnormal brain development and Alzheimer’s disease.
Miami dentists are beginning to see an increasing amount of patients concerned with gluten. The question Is gluten bad for you? has received a lot of attention over the past year as health professionals and researchers continue to study this interestingly complex protein. Holistic dentistry professionals see a link between gluten and tooth decay, a topic that will be covered in next week’s Miami Dentist Blog article. Today, we set aside the questions and research surround gluten to instead focus on something fun: a gluten free bread recipe!
Our Miami dental practice is fully committed to helping children develop strong oral hygiene habits at an early age. Studies show that good brushing habits, for example, significantly reduce the chances of developing serious illnesses like heart disease. Good habits start at an early age, however. Young children with good hygiene habits grow in to young adults with strong and healthy smiles. But is this happening? According to recent research, it is not. In fact, recent research indicates that over 80% of the Los Angeles area’s children are in need of immediate dental care (i).
Fear can be debilitating. It can consume the imagination, building a strong case for avoiding a certain person, place, or action. This process is helpful at times. Fear of getting a speeding ticket, for example, may impact your behavior and cause you to drive with caution. Other times, fear can be misplaced and extremely hazardous. Fear of health problems, hospitals, or health professionals represents just three instances when fear may cause individuals to compromise their long term health, causing more harm than good.
Assure a Smile is excited to celebrate the 41st annual Earth Day this Sunday, April 10th, at Pinecrest Gardens! Join this Green Miami dentist office as we gather to celebrate, appreciate, and spread awareness for the natural wonder that is our planet!
This month, Assure a Smile celebrates National Nutrition Month! As a holistic dentistry practice, we urge patients to consider how their oral health is intricately related to other parts of their daily life. Nutrition is often the first area we recommend patients evaluate, as the food we consume comes into direct contact with our teeth and gums. Failing to eat well, along with poor oral hygiene, is the shortest path towards tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health, as recent research indicates, is intimately linked with overall health. In this way, eating well not only preserves your teeth and gums, but it also preserves your overall well being.