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December 09, 2010

When our colleagues begin referring their friends to us, we are gratified to realize that a level of trust has been established. Lara (a friend of a colleague) came to see us because she was not happy about one of her front teeth. The remainder of an earlier bonding procedure had discolored over the years.  But there was more: Lara had also been grinding her teeth over the years, too, and they had...

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December 06, 2010

Your mother probably told you when you were growing up that milk and cheese, full of calcium, would make you grow up strong and tall. And that sunlight, which helps your body to produce Vitamin D to help you absorb the calcium, would make you even taller and stronger. Your mother was right!

But what if you don't get enough sunlight to complete this essential process? Then think about your diet: you can use milk fortified with Vitamin D and be sure to include those foods which provide it as well--eggs and organ meats, and fish (especially salmon, sardines, and herring)--even rhubarb. And if you're still not sure that diet and...

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December 01, 2010

There are five big enemies to your health that inhibit you from getting your best smile. These five challenges are chemicals, medications, toxins, health conditions and your self-confidence, or lack thereof.  We learn from a study conducted by Weston Price in the 1930’s that those eating an indigenous diet did not have any of the plagues of modern civilization-muscle fatigue, heart disease, asthma...

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November 29, 2010

You have heard the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. However, there is the other side of the coin where beauty is not subjective, because there are objective standards of beauty. This is why as human beings we are continually on a quest for the secrets of beauty.  At an average, many of you will spend ⅓ of your income on improving your looks. This implies that beauty is very important to you, and the society at large. Generally, beautiful people are perceived to receive special attention from their teachers, the legal system and employers. They also tend to make more money, up to 5% more than their “plain-Jane” counterparts...

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November 22, 2010

Ground Breaking News: Costa Mesa, California has recently become the first city in the United States to call for an immediate end to dental amalgam.

What is Dental Amalgam?

Dental amalgam is a filling material that is 50% mercury. As indicated in some of our previous blogs, dental Amalgam plays a very devastating role on your health. Mercury is the most dangerous neurotoxin that exists and it does not belong anywhere in the human body.  There are dentists that even use dental amalgam to repair failing root canals by surgically plugging this material at the end of the root which means now the mercury is completely...

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November 17, 2010

It's hard to imagine that anyone as accomplished as Mary Spillane -- Britain's top Image Consultant -- who radiates confidence and a can-do attitude might need help for her long-time dental problems, but that's just how we came to meet her. With an MA from Harvard and an MSc from Simmons, Mary founded Colour Me Beautiful (a global fashion/beauty franchise with a network of over 1000 studios...

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November 15, 2010

As neuromuscular dentists, we are trained to carefully evaluate how the upper and lower teeth meet. This is called the Bite, or dental occlusion. If the lower and upper teeth don’t meet together properly when the mouth is closing, the muscles will close the jaw in a path that will stress and fatigue the muscles over time. Because of this bad bite, muscles won’t be relaxed when they need to be. This will cause muscle spasm and pain in the forehead area and can produce tension type headaches. A very high percentage of tension type headaches can be the result of an improper bite. An improper bite can also cause painful clicking or popping of...

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November 10, 2010

Actually, it is your airway and the ability to breathe freely through your nose that has a great effect on the teeth. Whether you breathe freely through your nose or with extreme difficulty through your mouth, has a huge effect on how your teeth will look and function, eventually affecting how the muscles of your face will function and how comfortable and pain free they will be. So we have made a very bold statement: MOUTH BREATHING IS A PROBLEM!

Let’s see why this is a problem…

Sometimes we briefly mouth breathe because of cold or allergies. This is not a problem as it is temporary. Chronic mouth breathing starts...

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November 08, 2010

What would you do if you found a tooth lodged in your ear? Or any other part of your body, other than your mouth? For a 47-year old man in England, the tooth found in his ear was a welcoming relief. For 33-years, Stephen Hirst endured a terrible earache that no doctor could define nor cure. Hirst had tried a lot of options before finally going to Royal Hallamshire, to give it another go.  The nurse at the hospital did some preliminary work and with a use of tweezers, she pulled the tooth out of his middle ear, solving the earache mystery.

How could the other doctors miss this small piece of enamel that was lodged in Hirst’s ear...

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