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New Regulations From the EPA Attempt to Reduce Dental Mercury Waste

Commonly referred to as the "Dental Rule", the "Effluent Limitations Guideline and Standards for Dental Category" is the official name of the updated federal regulations that will affect the dental industry. This ruling was issued in December of 2016 by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was rescinded via an executive order by President Trump in his first day in office, just over a month later, with all other rulings that had been finalized by President Obama but not published in the Federal Register.

As of June 14, 2017, the ruling was back in action and published in the Federal Register. Greenwire reports it was reinstated because the National Resources Defense Council filed a law suit against the EPA because they did not give adequate notice or allow a public comment period before rescinding it; making the withdraw of the ruling illegal.  Dental offices around the nation will be required to comply with the new guidelines by July 14, 2020.

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Virtual Reality May Be the Solution to Dental Anxiety

Dental patients enjoy long walk on the beach according to a news study from the University of Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham and published in the journal of Environment & Behavior.

The study was conducted to determine if virtual reality could help improve the patient experience during common treatments like tooth extractions and fillings that often cause anxiety. The patients were split into groups with one receiving treatment as normal as the control group, one used virtual reality to walk through a random city and the third used virtual reality to stroll along Wembury beach in Devon, England.

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SMART: Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique

The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology updated their amalgam removal policy and renamed it the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique, or SMART, in July of 2016. Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry is certified by the IAOMT in the SMART method of removal to promote healthier, safer dental choices for our patients.

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Biocompatibility Testing

What is Biocompatibility Testing?

It sounds confusing and complicated: biocompatibility. Merriam-Webster defines it as: the condition of being compatible with living tissue or a living system by not being toxic or injurious and not causing immunological rejection. Basically, this means that the material used in a medical or dental procedure will be compatible with your body.

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Toothpaste Alternatives

There are so many toothpaste brands and varieties available today that it’s a nearly impossible challenge to list even half of them. It can be frustrating standing in the toothpaste aisle trying to determine which paste is right for your teeth and also right for your overall health. But, what if toothpaste wasn’t your only option? Today, many alternatives are available as people around the world search for more natural ways to care for their bodies. Here are a few alternatives to traditional toothpaste:

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The 3 Best and Worst Things to Eat or Drink for Your Teeth

Living a healthy lifestyle is an all encompassing philosophy. Every part of your life affects your health in one way or another. One of the most commonly known associations with lifestyle health is that stress levels affect blood pressure and heart rate. One of the least known, certainly not very often thought about, is the relation between what we eat and how it effects our teeth and gums. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to eating for your teeth.

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Zirconia Dental Implants: A More Natural Solution for Missing Teeth

Titanium Vs. Zirconia Dental Implants 

Titanium is one of the most popular substances used in the medical and dental field. It’s used in hip replacements, knee replacements and even in dental implants. Over 95 percent of today’s dental implants are made of titanium alloy according to the Vancouver Centre for Implant Dentistry. In fact, they’ve been the standard in dental implant material since the 1960s.

Few people realize that now there is an alternative choice available for those looking for a more natural material both in appearance and in biocompatibility. Zirconia is catching on in popularity for those patients who value a more holistic approach to healthcare or for those concerned about metal allergies. Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, prefers using zirconia implants in his practice because of their more natural material.

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What is Biomimetic Dentistry?

 

There’s a new type of dentistry making a name for itself around the nation. It’s called biomimetic dentistry, and according to the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry, it focuses on tooth preservation and conservation in order to reduce and eliminate root canals and crowns.

Dr. Bryan Schwarts, DDS, of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, believes that the traditional ‘drill and fill’ ways of dentistry are hurting us more than helping us.

"As a biomimetic dentist, I believe that oral health has a strong connection and influence on the entire body," said Schwartz. "Prevention is always at the forefront of everything we do and if treatment is needed, the most natural, minimally-invasive way is the best solution."

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5 Reasons to Smile More

 Smiling comes easy to some people, but for others, it can be more of a challenge. Here are five reasons you should try to smile more, even if you have to work at it.

Appear Likeable and Trustworthy

In an area such as the service industry, connecting with customers can be important. Researchers found that when employees smiled authentically at their customers, they left feeling satisfied with their experience. The employers were also perceived as likable, competent and friendly. In addition, other studies have found that smiles make you appear more trustworthy.

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You Won't Believe What's Hiding in Your Toothbrush!

Those who consider themselves "Germaphobes" are not going to like this one. A study conducted by Manchester University found that more than 10 million bacteria live in the average toothbrush.

You might say to yourself, "not mine! I keep my covered and away from the toilet!" Unfortunately, that may just not be enough to keep your brush free from bacteria.

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How Normal Are Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums are one of the most commonly searched dental problems around the internet. So, are bleeding gums normal? Swollen, red or bleeding gums are actually one of the first signs of gum disease according to the Mayo Clinic. Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease actually occurs in stages with the first being referred to as gingivitis.

The good news is that with professional treatment and an effective and consistent home care routine, gingivitis is completely reversible said Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

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How Healthy is Replacing Soda with Flavored Water?

For the first time in history, bottled water has outsold soda and according to Fortune soda sales are at a 30-year low. 1 Consumers are becoming more and more concerned about their health and their shopping habits are proving it. The obvious choice for the first drink to go in an attempt to create healthier habits is soda. Both the sugar and the calorie content have been shown by countless cases of research to be detrimental to our health and well-being. Many people then turned to diet sodas. Many diet beverages market themselves as sugar-free and low calorie or even zero calorie. However, research has been published over the last few years that has shown reason to be concerned with the artificial sweeteners used in diet beverages.



The messages have spread like wildfire all over social media. Possibly due to the skepticism that has surrounded these once believed to be healthy alternatives, sales fell for the big name brands in diet soda by 5-10 percent last year.

Research has long claimed the only drink your body needs is plain water. However, even the bottled water sales are showing that some of the most popular waters are the flavored varieties. So, why hasn’t complete devotion to tap water caught on yet, even after all this scientifically-backed support? According to RWL Water, one-fifth of Americans report that they don’t like the taste of plain water.

The problem with flavored water is that it’s not always as healthy as it seems, especially for your teeth. They aren’t usually full of sugar, like sodas, but the citrus flavors can potentially damage teeth. Biomimetic dentist Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, of Whole Health Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin said that enamel is the teeth’s number one line of defense, and it’s actually not sugar that is its biggest enemy.

"It’s a common misconception that the only things you really need to worry about are sugar and coloring when it comes to your teeth," said Schwartz. "One of the main factors that effect the enamel of the teeth is actually the acidity of the food or drink in question. Anything with a pH balance under 4 puts the enamel on the teeth in danger of erosion."

Scientists recently studied 379 different drinks that were readily available from stores in Alabama to determine their pH balance. They found that 93 percent of them had pH levels lower than four. Their results were published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.2

The lower a pH number is the more acidic the solution is. This acidity eats away at the enamel of teeth over time, said Schwartz.

"One of the most common problems that occur when the enamel begins to erode is tooth sensitivity," said Schwartz. "As the enamel wears away, the teeth begin to look yellow and discolored because the layer under it, the dentin, is not white. The teeth also become more prone to cracks, fractures and decay because the enamel helps keep teeth strong and protected."


Sources:

1 Kell, John. "Bottled Water Continues to Take the Fizz Out of Diet Soda." Pepsi vs Coca-Cola: U.S. Soda Sales Decline For 12th Consecutive Year | Fortune.com. Fortune, 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 09 May 2017.

2 Reddy, Avanija, Don F. Norris, Stephanie S. Momeni, Belinda Waldo, and John D. Rudy. "The pH of beverages in the United States." Journal of American Dental Association 147.4 (2016): 255-63. Web.

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Why Do We Hate Flossing So Much?

When it comes to oral hygiene routines, the focus is usually so strongly placed on proper tooth brushing techniques, that flossing can be easily overlooked or forgotten about completely. It’s sort of the elephant in the room sometimes because everyone knows it’s important but no one wants to deal with it.

In fact, a 2015 survey from the American Academy of Periodontology found that around 27% of Americans lie to their dentist about how often they floss. The same survey found that 14% of the responders would rather clean a toilet than floss their teeth. So, why all the hate for flossing and why is it such a big deal anyways?

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This Virus' Impact on Oral Cancers is Alarming

April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In the past, smoking and tobacco use were the most concerning risk factor associated with this disease, but the growing number of those diagnosed with HPV, or human papillomavirus, has changed the focus. The CDC says that 80% of Americans will be infected with HPV during their life and that most cases will clear up unnoticed. But, for those that don’t, the results can be serious. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer. It affects both men and women.

Close to 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year in the United States. Smoking, any tobacco use, alcohol consumption, HPV, sun exposure and a weakened immune system are just some of the risk factors related to oral cancers.

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Americans Are Now Drinking More Bottled Water Than Soda

Beverage Marketing Corporation, a leading source of beverage data and consulting, says that last year bottled-water consumption in the United States reached 39.3 gallons per capita. It seems public education about the health concerns associated with sugary drinks like soda may finally be paying off.

Soda sales still beat water sales according to Euromonitor, at $39.5 billion and $21.3 billion respectively. Interestingly enough, 26 percent of the bottled water revenue went to Coca-Cola and Pepsi last year for their brands Dasani and Aquafina. 

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National Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. The Oral Cancer Foundation says that each day 132 Americans will be diagnosed with a form of mouth cancer. Each year, approximately 49,750 people will be diagnosed. In the past, tobacco and alcohol consumption were the most concerning cause, but in recent years the alarming number of Human papillomavirus cases is leading to a skyrocketing number of oral cancer patients.

HPV is one of the most common viruses in America says Dr. Bryan Schwartz of Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

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Ozone Dentistry

When you hear the words ozone therapy you probably picture some kind of complicated environmental method for keeping our earth happy and healthy. Well, you’re half-way there. Dr. Schwartz uses modern natural science to keep your mouth happy and healthy, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Simplified Break-Down

What is ozone? It’s a natural gas with three oxygen atoms that is present in two layers of the atmosphere. It exists in the atmosphere to filter out all the bad, harmful stuff. So, it just makes sense that this particle has tremendous health benefits within our body as well as for the environment that surrounds us. Since it has a negative charge, it seeks to neutralize anything with a positive charge. Many of the bad things in our body, ironically, have positive charges such as viruses and bacteria making this an ideal non-invasive way to help your body fight infection.

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Teeth Whitening Foods

If you’re looking for whiter teeth without the chemicals found in whitening treatments, try eating more of these foods:

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3 Tips for Natural Oral Care

We know that our diet and lifestyle play important roles in maintaining optimal health and well-being. Let’s look at some ways we can enhance our overall health while also naturally improving our oral care routine.

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Biomimetic Dentistry: A Natural Take on Dentistry


One of the most overly used sayings in dentistry is ‘drill and fill,' but the reason behind this popular expression is based on fact and tradition. Since the dawn of dentistry, dental students around the nation have been taught the best way to treat problems in the teeth are to drill them out and fill them with artificial materials to stop the spread of infection and decay. But what if there is another solution, says Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, a biomimetic dentist in Pewaukee, Wis.

"The drill and fill methods taught in dental school just hold so many empty promises for the patient that often lead to years of added treatments, pain and financial costs," Schwartz said. "So, I set out to find a better way that fixes problems the fist time and keeps the health of the whole body in mind. The very meaning of the word biomimetic is to ‘mimic nature’ and because it focuses on strengthening the natural tooth and preserving as much of it as possible when a problem arises, it stops the cycle of breakdown that drilling only exacerbates."

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