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.

In theory, the raw diet seems like a great idea. The composition of food changes when it is cooked, leading to a decrease in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Proponents of the raw diet believe it delivers higher concentrations of naturally occurring nutrients to promote health, wellness, and vitality. However, recent studies suggest following the raw diet can actually be harmful to the body, especially the teeth and gums.

Minerals and Trace Minerals- Your Key to Naturally Strong Teeth and GumsMost patients are shocked to learn that up to 5% of their body weight is composed of minerals like calcium, phosphorous, and potassium (i). Along with vitamins and other nutrients, minerals are essential in helping us look and feel our absolute best. When we don’t get a healthy amount of minerals each day, it becomes increasingly difficult for our bodies to perform basic functions. Over time, mineral deficiency may lead to a variety of very serious health conditions including anemia, osteoporosis, thyroid dysfunction, tooth decay, and gum disease.

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Growing up you always heard about all of the things to avoid eating to keep your teeth healthy. Candy will rot your teeth. Gum is bad for your teeth. Soda destroys your enamel. Well, there is a flipside to the conversation. Have you ever heard about what to eat for better dental health? Today this Miami Dentist is going to continue coverage of National Nutrition Month with some insight on foods that will help create healthy teeth and gums for life.

miami-dentist-wisdom-teeth-and-stem-cellsWe know that holistic dentistry aims to preserve healthy smiles through minimally invasive procedures. This usually means that drilling, grinding, and tooth removal are avoided whenever possible. Holistic professionals believe in preserving the body in its natural state for many reasons, longevity being at the top of the list. However, new research shows an almost unimaginable benefit to preserving your natural body: Keeping your wisdom teeth, the four rear-most molars of the upper and lower jaw, preserves copious amounts of tissue rich in stem cells!

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