Potassium is a dietary mineral that is essential for normal body function. It is a nutrient that the body uses to maintain electrolyte and fluid balance, and it is found both inside and outside of cellular fluid. An essential mineral, potassium also plays many vital roles in the human body, and it often works with sodium to keep it operating properly. Potassium, a positively charged ion, is actively pumped into the cell while sodium is pumped out, creating an electrical charge in the cell membrane. Miami dental professionals recommend patients get plenty of potassium to improve many aspects of overall health.
Whole grapes have been a dietary staple among the cultures of central Europe, Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East for thousands of years. It was not until the 1970s, however, that the true health benefits of the grape would be realized. In 1970, the American Cancer Society became the first organization to successfully extract Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs) from the seed of the fruit. Following the discovery of OPCs, Grape Seed Extract (GSE) has become one of the best-researched sources of antioxidants, vitamin E, and flavonoids that drive holistic health and wellness.
It may be difficult to believe fluoride is NOT good for you. We have been told by seemingly every dental professional that it is needed and good for us. In a world with store shelves stocked with fluoride toothpastes, mouth rinses, and even fluoridated nursery water, it is hard to believe that fluoride is NOT needed to prevent tooth decay. In fact, there is no clinical evidence that supports the claim that fluoride “prevents tooth decay.” Clinical studies overwhelmingly show using fluoride has adverse effects on your long term health, especially when overexposed.
If you are afraid to see your dentist, you are not alone! In our last blog article, we shared an eye-opening statistic from the British Medical Journal that shows most individuals fear the dentist. Specifically, 1 in 5 individuals who were surveyed reported fearing the dentist more than snakes, spiders, or heights. For Miami dentists, this statistic shows that greater care must be taken in educating patients of the importance of regular dental cleanings to prevent oral health problems. Additionally, it illustrates a large need for patients to learn to cope with dental fear and anxiety.
Nearly 1 out of every 5 individuals fears the dentist more than snakes, spiders, or heights according to a recent British Medical Journal survey (i). Alarmingly, that survey also indicates that the 1,000 respondents polled fear the dentist up to 10 times more than any other medical professional. This is disheartening for Miami dental professionals, indicating that as many as 1 in 5 Miami residents may be avoiding regular cleanings and other procedures. With the tooth decay and gum disease on the rise, holistic dentistry practitioners are beginning to ask: How can we help patients overcome the fear and anxiety associated with seeing a health professional?
It’s that time of year, Miami! It’s time to reflect in the ups and downs of the previous year and turn to the coming year with excitement and open arms. The transition into the New Year can be symbolic of rebirth and a time to recommit oneself to the pursuit of a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Gum disease is one of the most common yet misunderstood oral conditions known. An estimated 30% of individuals are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease, and it is the number one reason for tooth loss in Americans age 30 and over (i). Despite these overwhelming numbers, there is a simply way to build strong and resilient health in the gums.
It’s almost time to make New Year’s resolutions, and what better place to start than with oral health? The oral cavity is the “gateway” to the body, a place where both healthy nutrients as well as malicious bacteria may enter. In this light, it is easy to see why oral hygiene is so important. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is vital in eating well as they facilitate the consumption healthy all-natural foods. What’s more, strong oral health makes the body more resilient towards infectious germs and bacteria.
Without further ado, our Miami dental office presents this year’s guide to healthy teeth and gums in 2012!
Your Miami dentist is only as good as his or her commitment to ongoing education and professional development. Dentistry is a dynamic field, and professionals must continually take proactive steps towards connecting with other professionals, learning about new technology, and staying in step with the latest news and trends.