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Dental Health

March 01, 2016
In This Issue: New Year, New Smile: Metal-Free Dental Implants Now Available at NHWC! Nourishing Bone Broth Recipe

New Year, New Smile:

Natural Horizon's newest member of our dental team, Dr. Sammy Noumbissi, is now accepting patients! Dr. Noumbissi is a leading expert in ceramic implant technology, a safe and natural alternative to metal implants.

Ceramic dental implants, specifically known as zirconium or zirconia dental implants, are one of the newer forms...

The mouth reflects what happens in the body, and the body reflects what is going on in the mouth. Biological dentistry is an approach to oral care that accounts for the dynamic relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body. Biological dentistry goes beyond the traditional – and often mindlessly mechanical – approach of filling cavities, removing plaque and pulling teeth. Instead, the innovative approach of biological dentistry treats the oral cavity as one part of the larger body....

Did you know there might be more than a million bacteria living on your used toothbrush? According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 70 percent of all used toothbrushes are contaminated with bacteria. Staph bacteria, E. coli, yeast fungus and the viruses responsible for the flu and strep can all take up residence on your toothbrush. You might be coating your teeth, gums and cheeks with these bacteria and viruses every time you brush. Putting these germs directly into your...

Ever since you were a child, your dentists have recommended regular checkups and cleaning. Depending on your own dental health, this could have meant visiting your dentist as often as every three months or only once a year. Here are five good reasons why you need those regular checkups and cleaning.

An Ounce of Prevention

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true when it comes to dentistry. During a regular checkup, a dentist looks for...

Some kids “chomp at the bit” to get braces because they view the dental work as a milestone in growing up. Other children are reluctant, concerned about how braces might look or feel. As a parent, you might have concerns and questions, too. How will you know if your child needs braces? If he does need braces, when should he get them? You might even wonder how braces actually repair crooked and misaligned teeth. Fortunately, the dentists at Natural Horizons Wellness Centers can answer any...

You can expect to see your body change in many ways during pregnancy, including changes to your mouth and teeth. Many of these changes are the result of hormone fluctuations as you move through each stage of your pregnancy. Fluctuations in hormone levels can leave your mouth vulnerable to bacteria and the development of plaque, both of which can lead to tender gums during your pregnancy. Changes in hormones can also increase your risk for tooth decay. A few dental problems to look for during...

Diabetes increases your risk for dental problems by impairing your body’s ability to fight off the bacteria in your mouth. Diabetes is a medical condition characterized by high blood sugar levels, also known as hyperglycemia, which creates an environment in your mouth that allows bacteria to flourish. Left untreated, excess bacteria can contribute to the development of gum disease and dental infections.

Diabetes Increases Your Risk for Oral Health Problems

People with diabetes — even...

If the thought of sitting in a dentist chair sends you into a white-knuckled cold sweat, you may have dental phobia. Fear of dentistry is common and often deeply rooted in the psyche of normally fearless people. Anxiety is often the result of a painful or particularly frightening experience during a childhood visit to the dentist. Many old-fashioned dental techniques were effective but quite uncomfortable. Experiences outside the dentist office can deepen your fears. Offhand comments by a...

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening condition where breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. More than 18 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, and many are not receiving treatment from the proper health professionals. There are two types of sleep apnea. Central sleep apnea happens when your brain sends the wrong signals to the muscles that control your breathing. Obstructive sleep...

Medical terms can be confusing for consumers, and even sometimes for some doctors and dentists. One of the best examples is the confusion between TMJ and TMD. Many people mistakenly say they suffer from TMJ. What they really mean is that they suffer from TMD, which is an acronym for temporomandibular disorder. TMD is a medical condition affecting the temporomandibular joint where the jaw meets the side of your head. The bones, muscles, and cartilage that make up the temporomandibular joint...

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