TMJ Foundation Course

A Paradigm Shift in Diagnosis and Treatment of Craniofacial Orthopedic/Orthodontic Deficiencies is the name of next Seminar, organized The TMJ Research Foundation, part of Complete Health Group, like Real Smile Dentistry. The Seminar is presented by Crispen Simmons, DDS, FAGD, MICCMO, DABCP. Maxillary growth deficiencies represent a significant component of orthodontic problems, Myofunctional disorders, Temporomandibular disorders…

Meditation and Mental Health

Meditation is the practice of thinking deeply or focusing one’s mind for a period of time. While there are many forms of meditation, the ultimate goal is a feeling of relaxation and inner peace, which can improve mental health. And there’s a growing body of research to support that. In a review published in March…

bad dental habits

1. Brushing too hard Using a firm-bristled toothbrush and too much pressure can permanently wear away protective enamel (triggering tooth sensitivity and cavities) and cause receding gums. Instead, use a soft brush and gentle, circular scrubbing motions for two minutes at least twice a day. When buying a toothbrush, consider that compact heads move most…

vaping and oral health

Dear Doctor, My dentist diagnosed me with gum disease and said that my smoking is a factor. Would it be healthier for me to switch to e-cigarettes? Dear Sylvie, Many people have turned to vaping because they believe that it’s healthier than smoking. On the surface, e-cigarettes seem to have advantages over regular cigarettes: They…

tooth decay

Can you name the most common disease in the world today? It isn’t cancer, heart disease or influenza. Throughout every continent, across every demographic and age bracket, the most prevalent disease is tooth decay. While it’s not generally life-threatening, tooth decay can lead to lost time on the job or at school, impose a financial…

holistic dentistry

By definition, a holistic dentist is concerned with a person’s complete (“whole”) health rather than strictly focusing on teeth. Every modern dentist should offer a “holistic” approach to patient care—especially given all we know today about the connection between oral health and overall health. The issue with “holistic” dentistry is that the term has taken…

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