Tonsil Stones: Why They Form And How You Can Treat Them



Tonsilloliths or tonsil stones are an assemblage of calcified material formed in the tonsil glands. This material contains large quantities of calcium along with magnesium, ammonia, phosphorous and carbonate and on average they can weigh between 30 milligrams and 42 grams. Similar to glands, your tonsils are present in your throat towards the back side. Read More


Fomenting Fermentation: An Ode To Following Your Gut


Fermentation….hmmm. The word makes your mouth pucker, doesn’t it? And I suppose that if you imbibe something that has been fermented long enough, it’ll make your brain pucker, too.  I guess I’ve always associated the word fermentation with other equally unpalatable, puckery words like pickled, sour, pungent, and soused – it all sounds, you know, Read More


Boost Your Brain Health With Baked Or Broiled Fish


baked salmon fillets

Researchers now say that eating baked or broiled fish once a week is good for the brain – and that is regardless of how much fatty acid it contains. In fact, the anti-oxidant effect of omega-3 fatty acids – found in high amounts in fish, seeds, nuts and certain oils – have also been associated Read More


The Bitter Truth About White Sugar


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One of my all-time favorite movies contains one of the saddest, most prophetic storylines I’ve ever seen. The Pixar movie, Wall-E portrays humanity 800 years in the future. And their lifestyles are so sedentary, their diets so non-organic and sugar-laden, that they’re too grotesquely obese to stand up under their own steam. Currently there are Read More


Swollen Gums? Here’s What To Look For



Around 70 percent of people at some time in their lives develop gum disease – and swollen gums plays a part in this problem. Swollen gums and gum disease are caused by bacterial build-up on the teeth and gums. This bacterial increase may be made worse by a couple of different things, which may include Read More


The Triple Threat You Should Know About


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Parents are being warned by dental researchers at the University of Adelaide about the dangers of drinks high in acidity such as sports drinks, soft drinks and fruit juice. The drinks form – says the researchers – a triple threat of permanent damage to young people’s teeth. They say that these drinks that are high Read More


Tips For Building Your Dental Staff


Modeling dentures

Whether you have been a practicing dentist for awhile or are fresh out of dental school, building and maintaining a great dental staff is one of the most important components of your practice. Here’s some tips to consider. Building your core dental staff team is crucial to the success of your own practice. First and Read More


Tooth Loss Linked To Anxiety And Depression



Tooth loss from caries and periodontal disease is an outcome from complex, chronic conditions that involve several biopsychosocial factors including accessing care. Patients that report dental anxiety may avoid dental care; and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care. In a study – Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety –  researchers examined Read More


A Dental Discussion With Christian S. Berdy



In October of 2012, The International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry published a 33-month study involving 43 patients with 121 gum recessions using the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This new technique – invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist Dr. John Chao – is a minimally invasive option for treating receding gums without the pain Read More


Can Reducing Stress Lead To Clearer Skin?


Care of body

We all want to have clear skin but can reducing stress really lead to it? Well, it may, according to board-certified dermatologist Richard D. Granstein, MD, FAAD and professor and chairman of the department of dermatology at the Weill Cornell Medical College. In his latest research he discusses the impact of stress on inflammatory skin Read More


Are You Aware Of Long-Lasting Periodontitis Damage?


Dental surgery office

Periodontal disease – the advanced form of gum disease  – affects a wide segment of the adult population. There is an urgent need for relevant information about its effects and how to prevent it. Since around 75 percent of adult Americans have developed some form of gum disease, there is a clear need for simple Read More


5 Great Foods For Back-To-School Meal Planning


yogurt and fruit

You blinked and now summer’s almost over. While you’re in the throes of shopping for  back-to-school clothes and supplies, this might be a good time to shop for some new school lunch ideas. Carry On: Gone are the days of the traditional American metal lunchbox decorated with Saturday morning cartoon superheroes. Today the old metal Read More


Do You Live In A Happy City?



New research recently released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research has identified the happiest and unhappiest U.S. cities and regions. The data relies on a large survey about  satisfaction with life. Interestingly the data suggests that people may be deciding to trade happiness for other gains and indicates that individuals may willingly endure Read More


The Big Fat Lie About Fat


Tape Measure next to Nutrition Facts

Maybe it’s because the Cold War was over and America needed a new enemy. In any case, the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture saw the “light” and declared war on fat and cholesterol to reduce the incidents of heart attacks in America. Lite Trite “Light” this and “low-fat” that became Read More


Can Lack Of Sleep Lead To Memory Loss?



Lack of sleep has long been considered a public health epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says insufficient sleep is linked to vehicle crashes, industrial disasters and chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. And now new research shows that it also leads to errors in memory. The study – conducted by researchers Read More