I have written about “mouth breathing” a number of times over the years but I have become increasingly concerned as of late as I realize that more and more of the patients that I see are breathing this way!
I have long known that there are both oral and systemic health problems that are a result of this abnormal way of breathing. Because I consistently observe the disconnect between the dental and medical profession in this area, I have decided to become better informed about;
“What’s Breath Got to do with it?”
I am leaving tomorrow to attend a 28 hour course in Montreal on Orofacial Myology: From Basics to Habituation. It is an intensive course and is intended to put me on the certification track to becoming a Myofunctional Therapist.
I have so many questions about mouth breathing:
What is causing this rampant problem?
Why are so few people really concerned?
CPAP machines may help at night but what about during the day?
Will exercises really make a difference?
Can conditions be reversed?
What are the limitations of this therapy?
I am excited to learn from some of the top experts in this field and what I can personally do in my dental hygiene practice for my patients who I recognize as needing this help.
Stay tuned next month when I will share some of the answers that I have learned to the above questions and what I may be able to do to help you if you too think that you might have this problem!
I have had an unusually large number of patients come in for their dental appointments lately complaining of sensitive teeth! The first question I always ask is: “Have you started drinking lemon water”?
While many well-meaning naturopathic doctors even recommend it to their clients instead of coffee, I am quite concerned that they have not also counseled these people on the possible side-effects of this daily habit to their teeth. Continue reading →
On Tuesday, February 15th 2017, a unique and unfortunately obscure press conference took place in Washington D.C. announcing the following challenge by The World Mercury Project in conjunction with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro:
“We hereby issue a challenge to American journalists (and others) who have been assuring the public about the safety of mercury in vaccines. We will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can point to a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women”.Continue reading →
Sometimes in life, science and the subsequent proof we seek lag far behind validating research (this begs a whole other discussion on funding of such today). In support of my concerns about the dangers of fluoride and how we don’t know what we don’t know, I would like to share the tragic but compelling story of Ignaz Semmelweis. Continue reading →
Recently, a patient brought to my attention an Associated Press release that made it to the evening news, stating officials have never really researched the effectiveness of regular flossing. She then asked me to comment on whether I think it is necessary to floss or not to floss.
While I was aware of the limited data available supporting this oral health care practice, I have personally observed, anecdotally, that the effects of some kind of in-between bacterial disruption on a daily basis really does help to reduce bleeding gums and inflammation. Continue reading →
As a holistic registered dental hygienist, I am often asked by my patients, family and friends what “toothpaste” I recommend. In most cases I suggest that they try ECO-DENT DailyCare Toothpowder and I actually give out samples right here in my office for them to try. There are many reasons why I recommend this toothpowder over a regular toothpaste, but here are my top 5 reasons why I choose to recommend ECO-DENT DailyCare Toothpowder.
My husband and I recently had dinner with friends of ours and the after-dinner discussion touched on the “apparent” fact that our ancestors had more oral disease and probably lost many of their teeth at an early age. Obviously, they did not have the benefit of modern oral health practices such as brushing, flossing, fluoridated toothpaste and fluoridated water.
However, I had read recently that current research suggests that this may not necessarily be true. I decided to do some research of my own to see if I could find the real cause of cavities and gum disease. Continue reading →
I did not realize how noisy this world was until I quit my job in mainstream dentistry some eight years ago and began to focus on creating silence in my life as part of my healing.
I had worked in an open-concept dental office for roughly eighteen years where the sounds of high-speed drills, ultrasonic scalers, televisions, telephones, doorbells and people talking bombarded and permeated the race-against-the-clock practice of modern dentistry were common every day noise. Continue reading →
I want to thank my good friend Karen Armstrong at Inside Out for sharing her New Year’s tradition of picking three words that reflect the energy that the New Year is bringing forth for her and making these her Intention Words for the coming year.
I have decided to adopt Karen’s idea for myself this year because of its simplicity, and the fact that it does not necessitate setting goals or making resolutions. I am a very goal-oriented person both personally and professionally and while this has helped greatly in the past to keep me on track with my vision of success, I know it is time to take a break in 2016 and coast for awhile. For those of you who know me, coasting is not in my vocabulary so this is really going to be a challenge. However, I am turning 60 this year, and as I enter into this next chapter of my life the universe is gently prodding me to take a break, to rest a bit and just be.
In my November blog I left off with the announcement that I had the privilege of attending an actual dental bone cavitation surgical appointment with my patient on November 9th in Toronto. I neglected to mention the very important fact that there was a diagnostic appointment prior to booking that surgery. At this appointment a manual exploration of all four wisdom tooth extraction sites was performed and three of the four areas in question revealed some sponginess to the bone when pressed with the patient noting some sensitivity in these areas as well! The most sensitive area being the bottom left. Continue reading →