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White Spots on Teeth

White spots on teeth can be caused by many things including fluorosis, nutritional deficiencies, side effects of medicine, demineralization and disruption during the development process just to name a few. Regardless of the cause, it can be embarrassing but thankfully there are some simple things you can try at home to help.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is great for many things. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil, usually coconut oil, around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. It’s great for detox and can reduce plaque and bacteria and even improve breath and overall oral health.

Eat Foods Rich in Minerals and Vitamins

Often the white spots on teeth are caused due to demineralization and your diet is a great place to replenish your body with the minerals it’s lacking. Specifically, foods high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and fat soluble vitamins.

Once you get rid of the white spots, you may find yourself wondering how to avoid getting them again. The biggest way is through your diet. Limit sugar, carbohydrates, sugary drinks, spicy and salty foods. Drinking lots of water is also very important, along with rinsing your mouth out with water if you do find yourself unable to avoid foods and drinks that have been shown to cause problems. Finally, healthy oral hygiene is the number one way to avoid white spots.

Daily flossing and brushing at home is imperative and visiting the dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning will ensure nothing is missed and will allow us to keep an eye out for any problem areas. Call our Pewaukee office today at 262-264-7711 if you are due for a cleaning or to find out more information on how we can help you treat white spots if these home remedies just haven’t seemed to do the trick.

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5 Habits to Change for Your Heart

Every day your heart beats over 100,000 times. Every year your heart beats about 42 million times. By the time you are 80 years old, your heart will have beat around 3,300,000,000 times. Your heart works hard to keep you healthy so you can live your life to the fullest. But, the American Heart Association says that over 70 million Americans have some form of heart disease. In honor of National Heart Month, here are five simple habits that can help your heart be as strong as it can be as it works to keep you going.

Stop Skipping Breakfast

Skipping breakfast is the worst thing you can do to start your day. Studies have shown that adults who do, typically have higher cholesterol, bigger waistlines, and increased insulin levels. All of which point to major risk factors for heart disease.

Start your morning off right with protein, fruit and whole grain. If you are in a hurry, you can throw some berries into yogurt to take on-the-go. If you have a little more time, some eggs and whole grain toast will keep you feeling full throughout your morning.

Brush Twice a Day and Don’t Forget to Floss

Gum disease begins when plaque builds up around the teeth. When left untreated, it causes inflammation and eventually infection. This inflammation is the link, researchers believe, between gum disease and chronic diseases such as heart disease. One study found that having teeth professionally cleaned twice a year can lower the risk of heart attack by 24% and stroke by 13%.

Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, a professional member of the International Academy of Biological Medicine and Dentistry says,

"Gum disease affects more than three million Americans every year. It’s almost always preventable with good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings and exams. One of the most common symptoms is bleeding gums. A lot of people think it’s normal for their gums to bleed when they floss, but many times that’s a symptom of early stage gum disease."

Get Better Sleep

Not only does poor sleep affect stress levels, overall mood, and one’s entire well-being. It can also be a risk factor for hypertension, diabetes, and obesity which all can lead to heart disease.

Sometimes snoring is not just an annoying habit, it can be a sign of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, arrhythmias, and stroke.

Just Say No to Overtime

Sometimes, it’s just not possible to avoid staying late. But, a study published in the British Heart Journal says that three to four hours of overtime a day increased the risk of heart disease by an astounding 60%. So, if you make it a habit of staying at the office late, it may be time to rethink things for the sake of your health.

Eat More Chocolate

I don’t think anyone is going to complain about this one. A study published in the medical journal Heart found a lower risk of heart disease and stroke among the participants that ate chocolate on a regular basis compared to the ones that did not. Of course, it’s the cocoa bean itself that they’re interested in, without the sugar and milk that many think make it especially delicious. Keep that in mind when choosing your indulgences; everything in moderation. 

Heart disease is leading cause of death for men and women. In honor of February’s National Heart Month, encourage the ones you love to join you in taking small steps to make healthy changes so together you can live a longer, healthier life.

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The Skinny on Sports Drinks

When you engage in activities that lead to excessive sweating, your body loses electrolytes. Sports drinks are marketed to replace the electrolytes lost during vigorous training sessions and restore the body to its natural balance and appropriate level of hydration. But do kids playing a 45-minute game of flag football or soccer really need these to rehydrate?  

The American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends that children between the ages of 2 and 18 should consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day. Most commercial sports drinks contain on average seven teaspoons of sugar in one 20-ounce bottle.

The AHA also recommends that children should drink only one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink per week. Currently, the average American child consumes about 19 teaspoons of added sugar each day. Most of these added sugar sources seem to be from drinks and snacks or desserts.

One of the leading causes of obesity in America is high sugar intake. Some sports drinks are so high in sugar that many children are drinking more calories than they are even burning off during their sporting event. Switching to sugar-free sports drinks might not be enough to make them a good alternative either, says Dr. Bryan Schwartz, DDS, professional member of the International Academy of Biological Medicine and Dentistry.

 "It’s not just sugar that is concerning. Many of them can be found in sugar-free form, but they’re still a problem. The citric acid found in many sports drinks is actually very bad for the enamel of the teeth. Repeated exposure causes the enamel to dissolve and can lead to tooth decay. Enamel can’t be regrown after it’s damaged. The teeth eventually become more sensitive to temperature extremes and more susceptible to cavities."

Sports drinks may not always be a bad idea. As sports become more serious as teens get older and more competitive, there can be a time and place where they may prove useful. If athletes are in all day tournaments, two or three-a-day practices, or any kind of event that involves several hours of intense exercise they may benefit from their hydration and electrolyte-replacing properties. Especially if these events take place outside on hot days.

Schwartz says,

"Water is absolutely the best way to stay hydrated. If sports drinks must be consumed, the best way to protect the teeth is to rinse with water afterward. It’s also best to drink them over a shorter period of time rather than slowly sipping them throughout the day. Each time you take a sip the acid attack on your teeth lasts about 20 minutes. If you keep sipping, it keeps starting over and over."

Electrolytes can also be replaced with food. High potassium fruits are a great option such as bananas, apples, raisins, and avocados. Try coconut water to replenish your electrolytes as it’s high in potassium as well. Vegetables are another good source of electrolytes along with essential vitamins and minerals. Some great options include celery, beets, kale and sweet potatoes.

The general consensus seems to be; sports drinks are for elite athletes after vigorous training, not a pee wee flag football game that may not have broken a sweat. Even all that gray area in between would be best served with lots of water and electrolyte friendly snacks like bananas. Save the sports drinks for their Olympic training days.

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Is Natural Tooth Repair on the Horizon?

At Whole Health Biomimetic and Biological Family Dentistry, we are always focused on finding solutions to dental problems that are as close to natural as possible. Exciting news has surfaced from the science community about research that could one day lead to a world without the need for artificial materials in fillings.

At King’s College in London, researchers have discovered that a drug used in clinical trials to help with Alzheimer’s treatment can actually help stimulate the stem cells in the pulp of a tooth and enable it to repair itself. The medication was combined with glycogen synthase kinase on a collagen sponge and as the sponge disintegrated, dentin, the layer of the tooth that protects the pulp, began to grow in its place.

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The Miracle Plant?

Aloe vera is a succulent plant that has natural immune regulation, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. There are over 300 species of Aloe vera plants, but the Aloe barbadensis is noted for its medicinal opportunities. Scientists have identified 75 nutrients so far that these plants contain. It’s one of the very few plants that contains the Vitamin B12 which helps in brain function and the nervous system. It also contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, choline and folic acid. These vitamins help with everything from collagen production that keeps skin flawless to wound healing and night vision.

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