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Breaking Habits the Right Way

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It's almost February, one month down into the new year. Sadly, many people have already abandoned their "New Years" resolutions. We have good intentions year after year to tackle those annoying or unhealthy habits that seem to hang over our heads like a black cloud. But as you probably already figured out, bad habits are difficult to break. The fact of the matter is that we don't exactly break bad habits, we replace them with habits that hopefully serve us better. It is a multifaceted approach. There is not "one thing" that we can do that is the "key" to making changes that "stick", there is no magic bullet. However, the good news is that we have scientific data proving that there are certain behaviors that breed the most success if you engage in these with commitment and consistency. 

I am not going to cover the steps and mindset needed to be successful in making lasting changes in this blog but I will give you a tip on getting started.

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Integrative Nutrition and Health Coaching

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Integrative nutrition and health coaching is new and different. Some changes are difficult for us to make on our own; changing the way we eat, cook and buy food is one. In pursuit of a new, improved lifestyle and a healthier, happier you, we're here to help you acheive your goals and finally get you moving! Health coaches provide ongoing support and guidance to help you adopt healthy lifestyle habits. We will equip you with the strategies you need to achieve your health and wellness goals all year long. 

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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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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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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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