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24
Aug

Replacing Dental Fillings

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Why Does My Filling Need Replacing?

There are many different kinds of dental filling material and each has a different life span. Fillings can be made of gold, amalgam (silver) or composite (tooth colored) materials. A filling doesn't need to be elicting pain to necessitate replacement. In fact, the goal is to replace the filling before it gets to the point of being symptomatic.

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20
Jul

How Fresh is Your Breath?

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Bad breath or HALITOSIS is a common and serious issue that almost everyone worries about which causes personal embarassment and impacts social interactions. "Breath" can tell a lot about your health ranging from simply bad breath from foods such as onion and garlic to a warning of a more serious underlying condition. Bad breath is caused by Volatile Sulfur Compounds. They are released with the breakdown of food particles, which accumulate in the crevices of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth and primarily the back of the tongue. Tongue cleaning and the elimination of odor begin with a tongue scraper, which is designed to mechanically remove bacteria from deep pockets in the tongue where the toothbrush cannot reach. Proper tongue cleaning is the first order of defense, followed by brushing and flossing along with rinsing with a dentist prescribed mouthwash that has active ingredients such as zinc and sulfur neutralizing compounds.

Dry mouth, diets, medications, tobacco, and poor oral hygiene are additional causes for bad breath. Persistent bad breath may signal more serious conditions such as gum disease, diabetes, respiratory infections, acid reflux, liver and kidney aliments or oral pharyngeal cancer and should be addressed. If bad breath concerns you or a family member, call us to identify the cause and develop a plan to eliminate it. Bad breath can be uncomfortable for you and those around you and unhealthy too!

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28
Jun

Oral DNA Test Can Save Your Life

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A routine dental visit can provide more than "just a cleaning" with a life saving saliva test that can provide critical information about your entire body!

Just like urine and blood samples are used to detect disease and illness, a simple 30-second test, called Oral DNA, provided dental chair side (performed by swishing and spitting into a funnel attached to a test-tube and sent to a laboratory) could ultimately reduce the risk of oral disease as well as other bodily illnesses. 

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02
Mar

Benefits of Dental Sealants

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Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

Still, there’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating (made from plastic or other dental materials) that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

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12
Jan

Say Ahh to Massage!

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From the moment you enter, the aromatherapy of fresh lavender fills the senses, calming music entices the ears, and the welcoming, nurturing enviornment transforms the dreaded dental experience to one of calming pleasure as I am offered massage. Am I at the dental office? Yes, Oh Yes! Today, like no other, our lives consist of running from one destination to the next whether it is picking up the kids on time, running to the soccer game from work or being stuck in traffic for an hour, our life can be full of anxiety....the American way. This lifestyle, leads to body aches, headaches, tooth grinding and general tensesness that leads to poor overall health.

We offer massage at Health Inspired Dentistry because patients experience comfort and relaxation before their dental treatment as well as an overall benefit for full body health. Massage provides a sense of well being, reduces heart rate, strengthens the immune system, reduces fatigue, increases energy, and can even be effective in weight loss! Our focus is to make patients comfortable and provide quality dentistry. The relaxed dental patient is the best dental patient. Massage therapy is really a fun way to practice dentistry; not only are we improving our patients lifestyles, but our patients are coming more often and improving their oral health too!

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10
Nov

Essential Oils

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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Takes the Fear and Anxiety out of Dental Visits 

                Fear of the dentist is one of the top 3 reasons for dental neglect. No need to worry anymore! Experiencing the therapeutic effectiveness of essential oils will turn your dental visit into a relaxation session that will keep you coming back. Scientific research validates the value of essential oils in decreasing anxiety and stress. A small application to the temples, back of the neck, wrists and even inhalation in the waiting area provides relaxation before and during the dental visit and is known to provide a calming effect during injections too! Adults and children can both benefit.

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19
Sep

Preventing Tooth Loss with Dental Diagnostics...the Periodontal Probe

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Wonder what we are looking for when probing your gums and why it is necessary?

 A dental probe is a tiny ruler, which measures in millimeters and is used to determine the health of the gums and bone that lies underneath.

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03
May

Detrimental Effects of Tobacco

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April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month, our hygienist Jamie reached out to 170 local 10th graders at Mayfield High School to discuss the detrimental effects of tobacco products. Tobacco was the first crop grown for money in North America and by 1944 it produced 300 billion dollars a year. Since it was making so much money, many people didn’t worry about the detrimental effects it causes until the Surgeon General began writing reports in 1964 linking nicotine and tar to many cancers.

Cigarettes contain over 7,000 chemicals with 69 of them known to cause cancer. Cigars contain higher levels of nicotine compared to cigarettes due to the chemical and bacterial changes that occur during the drying and aging process. Hookah is a growing trend especially for teenagers in America due to the many lounges opening in Northeast Ohio which offer many different flavors of tobacco to attract the younger ages. A huge misconception with Hookah is that the tobacco is “filtered” so many users believe that they are not absorbing any nicotine or cancer causing agents. This rumor is far from the truth, the water in the hookah does NOT filter the nicotine, and it only cools the smoke so the user can smoke for longer periods of time without burning their mouth. Smoking Hookah for 1 hour which is very common in lounges is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes! Smokeless tobacco is not a safe alternative for cigarettes; it contains 28 cancer-causing agents and increases the risk for oral cancer by 50% compared to a cigarette smoker.

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09
Feb

Oral Health Concerns for Older Adults

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As people age, oral health needs can change as well. Here are some things to think about:

Decreased Sensitivity

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09
Feb

Complimentary Paraffin Hand Treatment

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Are your hands feeling dry, scaly and chapped from the winter weather? Well come in from the cold and receive your complimentary paraffin wax hand treatment at your next dental visit. Not only will your hands feel the cozy warmth while wrapped in those mitts but also you’ll leave with an ever so silky feeling that will make even the most worked hands feel marvelous!

What is Paraffin wax? Paraffin wax is a soft wax, which melts at a temperature cool enough to immerse your skin. Once your hands are dipped into the wax, the paraffin quickly changes into a solid transferring the heat to your hands.   The medical community has used it for decades as a drug free non-invasive method to relive muscle stiffness and joint pain.

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08
Dec

GERD Effects the Health of Your Teeth

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What is GERD?

GERD is a disorder that many people suffer from in which the contents of a person’s stomach leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus and sometimes even into the mouth. The pH of the gastric reflux is extremely acidic and causes erosion of the esophagus and teeth. This sometimes becomes so severe that we have to literally rebuild the teeth.   Nearly 25% of all patients with GERD have no symptoms (silent GERD), so your dentist may be the only one who will see the effects and be able to refer to a physician for proper diagnosis.

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13
Oct

21 Day Meditation - Become What You Believe

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I had the pleasure of being a student of Dr. Deepak Chopra.  He and Oprah have joined together to offer this free mediation series.  Click on the link below to join for free to start enjoying the many benefits of mediation.

https://chopracentermeditation.com/

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13
Oct

Massage and Cold Weather

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As we inch towards our first days of fall, we feel a change in the air. Our mornings are getting a little more brisk and the sun is setting earlier and earlier. This is a sure sign fall is just around the bend and temperatures will begin to take a dive. Soon we will feel a few more aches and pains with the colder weather. The following three tips are just a reminder to help you feel better.

Keep Warm

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10
Sep

Ways to Relieve Stress and Relax Your Mind

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The best way to manage your stress is to learn healthy coping strategies. You can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you.

Write- It may help to write about things that are bothering you. Write for 10 to 15 minutes a day about stressful events and how they made you feel. Or think about tracking your stress. This helps you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. After you know, you can find better ways to cope.

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12
Aug

Interesting Facts About Vitamin D

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Vitamin D - Sunlight or Supplement?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays a key role in almost all of our physiological functions. As an immune system regulator, vitamin D is absolutely vital to vibrant health. It is the only vitamin your body makes itself (and it's actually a hormone!). Although there are many forms of vitamin D, the two most common types are vitamin D3 and vitamin D2.

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04
Aug

Interesting Facts About Massage Therapy

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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPY

 

Did You Know? 

  • There are approximately 5 million touch receptors in our skin and 3,000 in a fingertip.
  • Healthy touch of any kind can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure.
  • Julius Caesar used massage to help his epilepsy.
  • In 1996, massage therapy/bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Olympics in Atlanta.
  • Massaging and gently pulling on your ears – top, middle, and bottom of outer earlobes once per day improves your immune system.
  • The present lifestyle of too many Americans guarantees lower back pain.
  • Specialized massage improves the flow of lymph through the body, relieving aches, pains, and flu-like symptoms.
  • Touch and massage stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.
  • A 60 minute massage is about the same as 7-8 hours of sleep to your body.
  • Bob Hope, who lived to be 100, had daily massage as part of his health regimen.
  • You can have a full-body massage with all of your clothes on.
  • Massage may be the oldest form of medical care. Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.
  • Massage can be performed on a table, a chair, a couch, a bed, a bench…on the entire body or just some parts, with or without oils or lotions.
  • There are about 75 common massage modalities used today.

 Call us today and get your much needed massage!

 Source: www.heartprintswellness.org

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14
Jul

The Eight Causes of Cravings

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Lack of Primary Food

Eating can be used to fill the void of primary food (exercise, career, relationships, and spirituality). Being unhappy with a relationship, bored by a job, or participating in an exercise routine that is harmful too much or too little for your body may all cause emotional eating and specific cravings.

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04
Jun

B12 - the Vitamin for All Ages

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We have long appreciated the role of particular vitamins in contributing to the physical structure of the body. There’s vitamin D for healthy bone turnover, and vitamin C for hydroxylation of proline and lysine, required for the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin B12 is another of these key factors, and it contributes to the building and maintenance of myelin, the protective covering that surrounds neurons. Severe B12 deficiency results in a number of signs and symptoms that affect multiple body systems. Among these are the hematological changes categorized as pernicious and megaloblastic anemias, decreased methylation and elevated homocysteine, and compromised neurological function. The last of these is especially concerning, because some of the adverse effects may be irreversible, even upon repletion of B12 stores.

 

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03
Jun

Sugar - the Only Cause of Tooth Decay

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Sugar – the Only Cause of Tooth Decay

We know that the excessive amount of sugar in western diets isn't healthy, and now a study from the U.K. has identified sugar as the only cause of tooth decay in children and adults.

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12
May

Transform Your Diet Without Radically Altering Your LIfe

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According to Dr. Mark Hyman, there are a few simple upgrades that can transform your diet without radically altering your life.

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16
Apr
15
Apr

Bone Loss Score May Tip Off Doctors to Gum Disease in Postmenopausal Women

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Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may also be a higher risk for gum disease, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Case/Cleveland Clinic Postmenopausal Health Collaboration (CCCPOHC).

Researchers found a link between postmenopausal women with high scores of a Fracture Assessment Risk Tool (known as FRAX), and symptoms of severe gum disease, said Leena Palomo, associate professor of periodontics and director of DMD Periodontics program at the School of Dental Medicine.

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07
Apr

Know The Risks of Oral Cancer

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According to the American Cancer Society, over 35,000 Americans have oral
cancer. While the risks are higher if you are a male, over the age of 35, or
have a history of other cancers, there are some lifestyle habits that increase
anyone's risk.

Don't use tobacco. Up to 90% of patients with oral cancers use tobacco, and the risk increases
with the amount smoked or chewed. Quitting smoking and chewing tobacco
will lower your risk, even after years of use.

Moderate your drinking. About 75% to 80% of all patients with oral cancer drink alcohol
frequently.

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04
Mar

Suggestions on How to Restore Your Natural Sleep Rhythm

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According to Dr. Mark Hyman, here’s how to restore your natural sleep rhythm. It may take weeks or months, but using these tools in a coordinated way will eventually reset your biological rhythms:

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10
Feb

Take Control of Your Heart to Take Care of Your Heart

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You must admit the month of February is very dull with weeks of cold, snow and blowing winds….Boring!  Take heart, exactly. With Valentine’s Day approaching, what do you think of…romance, chocolate, love poems and red roses.  All of these are lovely to think about but what about your heart?  Are you taking care of it?

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04
Feb

WHAT'S IN A KISS

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WHAT’S IN A KISS

Did you know that…decay causing bacteria can be transferred through saliva from one individual to another. Romantically speaking a kiss does increase saliva flow which helps to limit the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay which is good…but to the contrary the repeated exposure and transfer of saliva to the same partner may also involve the transfer of pathogens which cause decay, malodor, gingivitis or cold sores. If your partner has gingivitis or a lot of cavities it may increase your chances of experiencing them too. Be cautious when sharing saliva and food too. Practice prevention by brushing and flossing regularly to keep your mouth healthy and resistant.

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03
Feb

Most & Least Contaminated Produce

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Many people can't afford to buy all organic all the time.  But you don't have to buy all organic produce to reduce your risk for chemical contamination.  This list from the Environmental Working Group tells you which fruits and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which ones are least contaminated.  Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family - even if you can't buy entirely organic foods.

12 Most Contaminated

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08
Jan

Begin the New Year with a wellness routine! Be sure to include Massage!

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Welcome January 2015 and the New Year’s resolutions and rituals that come with it! Is one of your resolutions to take better care of yourself? Be sure to include massage. Massotherapy can be part of your New Year’s Wellness plan just like exercise and clean eating.

 

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04
Dec

3 Ways to Enjoy Holiday Parties

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Watch your Alcohol: Always hydrate with water when consuming alcohol. Stick to dry wine or tequila and avoid eggnog or other sugary drinks. Alcohol depletes mood-boosting B Vitamins, is a toxin, slows down brain metabolism and makes you uninhibited around food. Instead try a great non-alcoholic, low fat yet festive drink like this Sparkling Cran Razzy Drink. Link to recipe http:www.gianteagle.com/Recipes/Beverages/Sparkling-Cran-Razzy/

Don’t Skip Meals: Keep your blood-sugar level steady by eating every 3-4 hours. This will keep your metabolism working all day. Eat a healthy meal/snack before you go to a party so you enjoy talking and interacting with others instead just focusing on eating.

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20
Nov

Acid Reflux - Your Dentist May Notice Before You Do

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Most people know that painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest – heartburn. Persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. But not everyone with GERD has the symptoms of heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.

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20
Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

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A SPECIAL GREETING AT THANKSGIVING TIME

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04
Nov

Quick and Easy Dental Hygiene

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Quick and Easy Dental Hygiene

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29
Oct

Skipping Dental Visits May Impact Sense of Smell

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Sense of smell may be more important than you think.

Without the sense of smell, people wouldn't be able to detect such things as gas leaks. Also, much of one's sense of taste stems from sense of smell. That's why it so important to be able to smell things as well as possible.

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23
Oct

Thank You For Attending Our Say Ahh Event

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01
Oct

3 Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

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Great News for Sweetest Day…3 New Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

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03
Sep

Mouth Guards Prevent Dental Injuries

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Mouth Guards Prevent Dental Injuries

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26
Aug

What to pack in your child's school lunch for the nutritional punch?

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Nutrition is especially important for young children to power the body and the brain!  We're often searching for good and easy "brown bagging it" ideas that are nutritious, delicious and fun for our kid's school lunches.

Send your kids off this school year with these lunch ideas that will fuel their brains, boost their performance, decrease stress and possibly increase their IQ tool.

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29
Jul

Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps – Holistic Health!

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If you’ve been in “our” welcoming reception area, you may have noticed an oddly shaped, exotic glowing orange rock.  There is our Himalayan Salt Lamp!

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02
May

SAY AHH

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SAY AHH: The Cavity in Healthcare Reform.
Claudia Minadeo-Fox, DDS is hosting a showing of the documentary, Say Ahh, on October 9, 2014 from 6:30 to 9:30 at Atlas Cinemas, 1345 Som Center Road, Mayfield Hts., Ohio 44124.

The documentary is the first on oral health and how it is affected by the new healthcare system.

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16
Apr

Five Reasons to Scrape Your Tongue Every Day:

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1. Improves the breath: Removing the bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue significantly reduces the odor from the mouth.  You may have been told to use your toothbrush for this purpose, but brushing the tongue does NOT efficiently remove all of the film that develops on the tongue.  You will be blown away the first time you  do this by the amount of gunk that comes off of the tongue.

2. Improves your ability to taste: Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will better expose your taste buds.  This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavors of your food.  Ayurveda teaches that the better we enjoy and savor our food, the better our bodies digest and assimilate, leading to better overall health.  Also, Ayurveda teaches that blocked taste buds and tongue receptors interferes with our body’s ability to communicate with our brain about what types of foods we need to maintain our health, leading to false cravings.

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10
Apr

Highland Heights Green Task Force

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We all have our different shades of green, some light green, some dark.  Regardless of what shade of green you are, you don’t have to do it all to have a positive impact on the Earth.

Goal:  To promote and organize community educational programs and projects with an emphasis on environmentally friendly living.

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02
Apr

Four Spring Cleaning Tips for a Healthy Mouth

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Annual spring cleaning rituals should also include taking inventory of teeth cleaning routines. The following are four habits we recommend that patients do each day to keep oral hygiene in top shape.

*Use an Electric Toothbrush - At more than 30,000 strokes per minute compared to an average 100 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning. 

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25
Mar

Dental Health Month

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Dr. Minadeo-Fox spoke to over 500 children in our community for dental health month.  Education starts early and so should your child’s first dental appointment. The American Dental Association recommends your child to be seen as soon as the first tooth erupts. 

Did you know?

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21
Jan

Happy New Year from Everyone on Our Team!

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It seems like only yesterday that we were inviting children to bring in their Halloween candy! Many thanks to those that did! We sent over 100 pounds of candy to our troops! A New Year is here and that always brings talk of New Year’s resolutions. Have you ever set a resolution only to lose momentum? How can we make resolutions that will last?

Here are three suggestions to help you increase your chance of success!

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26
Nov

Falling in to Healthy Habits

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The change of seasons seems to renew our awareness both in our environment and in ourselves. The crisp fall mornings remind us that the summer has passed and the holidays are just around the corner. Breaking out our fall wardrobe, we are reminded that the need to take care of ourselves is a necessity. So why is that creating these healthy habits doesn’t seem nearly as fun as picking out a new fall outfit? It’s because we see it as a chore rather than fun. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Can we take this awareness into the holiday season by creating one habit that lends to our health? What if it was so effortlessly easy (and maybe even fun) that it could stick around for a lifetime?

The inherent challenge is that we usually pick the most important and typically the hardest habit to “break”. I’d like to suggest that we add new habit that we love the idea of. Then trade it for one we don’t. IN other words, add a habit you could live with for a lifetime. Then take out one that you could do without if only for a little while. Falling into a new habit and like the seasons go, easing out of one that doesn’t really serve you anyway. The habit could be anything relating to mind body or spirit.

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26
Nov

No trick, dentists buy back treats to protect teeth and support U.S. troops: Michael K. McIntyre's TIpoff

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The scariest Halloween costume this year is not a twerking Miley Cyrus, though that’s close.

It’s not Brandon Weeden, toppled by a rush of Lions and Bears and Vikings and Ravens as he stands still, unable to decide which house to target for trick-or-treat.

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08
Jul

The Many Reasons For Massage

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Anyone who has had a massage knows that they help you relax, but massage therapy also has other amazing benefits. The way your muscles and mind feel after a massage is how your insides feel too. Massage reduces heart rate and blood pressure, improves circulation and lymph flow, decreases muscular deterioration, and strengthens your immune system. It increases energy, improves skin tone, and is even effective in shedding pounds – so massage can be a calorie-free (and guilt-free) reward for your weight loss system. Now that the other pros of massage therapy are common knowledge to you, make massage a common experience in your healthy lifestyle!
 
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