Self-compassion is something that doesn’t come naturally to many people, and, yet, it’s necessary in order to live a life of love and pleasure. According to Kristin Neff, Ph.D., a leading researcher on the topic, there are three facets to self-compassion: 1. Having self-kindness instead of self-judgment 2. Recognizing that suffering and feeling inadequate are part of…

Changes in oral microbes may lead to gum disease, heart problems, and cancer, study says. Drinking alcohol can throw off the balance of good and bacteria in the mouth and raise your risk for a variety of diseases, according to new research. In a study published April 23, 2018, in the journal Microbiome, scientists at NYU School of…

Is it true that some blood pressure medication can cause gum overgrowth? Yes, it is true — an important class of drugs known as “calcium channel blockers” (CCBs), used for treating high blood pressure, angina and abnormal heart rhythms can cause gingival (gum) hyperplasia (overgrowth), a condition where the gum tissues grow and extend abnormally…

Healthy mouth, healthy body: The link between them may surprise you. The condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall health. Find out how oral health is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more. Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. Recent research has…

neuralgia

What do you do when you’re suffering from a toothache? For most people, the first and most logical step is to call your dentist. After all, tooth pain is usually caused by a dental problem—such as tooth decay, a cracked tooth, an infection in the tooth or gums, an impacted wisdom tooth or a failing…

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…

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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