Sleep Apnea May Raise Your Risk of Anxiety & Depression 

By office on Monday, October, 7th, 2019 in Airway No Comments

Sleepless nights? We’ve all had them.  In the morning, you feel like the alarm went off 5 minutes after you closed your eyes. You know you’re getting out of the wrong side of the bed no matter what because you’ll be edgy and exhausted all day long.  But when you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), […]

For Dental Implants, There Are Good Reasons to Favor Ceramic Over Titanium

By office on Tuesday, October, 1st, 2019 in Dental Procedures No Comments

While conventional dentistry still largely depends on titanium for implants, it’s not the only option out there. Nor is it necessarily the best option.  Recently, researchers reviewed more than a decade’s worth of clinical studies on the durability of zirconia implants compared to metal. Their study, published last month in Dental Materials, found “no clear […]

The Impact on Intelligence: Why You Want Fluoride-Free For Your Family

By office on Tuesday, September, 10th, 2019 in Fluoride No Comments

If you’re a biological dentist, keeping fluoride-free is a given. Fluoride, after all, has been proven neurotoxic, harmful to the brain (not to mention other vital organs and systems). Research has connected it and other industrial chemicals with neurodevelopmental disabilities in infants and children, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other cognitive impairments.  A new […]

Dental Sedation Without the Narcotics? We’ve Got That

By office on Tuesday, September, 3rd, 2019 in Dental Procedures No Comments

A lot of people get pretty freaked out about seeing the dentist, and it’s not hard to understand why, especially if they only come see us when something is wrong. By the time most dental symptoms become a burden, what’s needed to fix the problem is usually far more intensive than had the problem been […]

Mercury-Free Protects Our Planet and Patients Alike

By office on Tuesday, August, 27th, 2019 in Mercury No Comments

When a patient chooses to have their mercury amalgam fillings removed, protecting them – and our team – from mercury exposure is paramount. But safety doesn’t stop there. Practicing mercury-free, mercury-safe dentistry is vital for our planet’s health, as well. Because so many dentists around the world continue to fill teeth with amalgam, the industry […]

Setting the Stage for Good Oral Health

By office on Tuesday, August, 20th, 2019 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

Good health starts in the womb. So does poor health, for that matter. Whatever influences the mother – diet, exercise, stress, toxic exposures – necessarily affects the development of the child she’s carrying. That includes the child’s oral health, as well. Take the condition called enamel hypoplasia, for instance – a fancy term for defects […]

Why Mercury-Free Dentistry Isn’t Enough. Mercury-SAFE Matters, Too!

By office on Wednesday, August, 14th, 2019 in Mercury No Comments

Despite mercury being one of the most toxic materials around, most dentists continue to use it for filling teeth. After all, it’s cheap, and can be placed much more quickly and easily than newer, higher quality materials. (Curious as to how it’s done? Here’s a basic demo.) But because of that toxicity, we not only […]

4 Keys to Keep Your Teeth Remineralizing Naturally

By office on Monday, August, 5th, 2019 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

Folks who tout fluoride say that it’s needed to help keep your tooth enamel strong and prevent decay. Of course, fluoride is also a known neurotoxin. (It has other effects on health, as well.) It’s also not a mineral that your teeth actually need. There’s no fluoride in natural tooth enamel. Enamel is mostly made […]

How to Stop Mouth Breathing (& Improve Your Health in the Process)

By office on Tuesday, July, 30th, 2019 in Airway No Comments

The hazards of mouth breathing popped up in the news cycle recently, thanks to a celebrity performing some do-it-yourself Buteyko on Instagram. The post quickly went viral, probably because images of people with their mouths taped shut tend to be a little, well, startling. But while pictures of mouth-taping can provide the internet (and popstars) […]

First, Do No Harm…

By office on Tuesday, July, 23rd, 2019 in Biological Dentistry No Comments

Checklists, protocols, even the humble honey-do list – whether they’re on our phones, on our fridges, or in a handy-dandy notebook, we’ve all got them. We know the value in making and following lists if only because the simple act of creating a list gives you a much better shot at remembering what to do, […]

A New Way to Treat Gum Disease: Perioscopy

By office on Tuesday, June, 11th, 2019 in Periodontal Health No Comments

What would you think if, every time you washed your hands, they started bleeding – well, once you got over the horror show aspect of it all, that is? Rush to a doctor, right? Yet when people see blood on their toothbrush or dental floss, a surprising number of them do nothing, as if blood […]

Making Our Garden Grow

By office on Wednesday, May, 29th, 2019 in General Health & Wellness No Comments

“Biological” dentistry is such a perfect name for what we do here at Green City Dental in Edmonds. “Bio,” after all, means life, and one of our main goals is to help our patients create their best, healthiest lives possible. Every procedure we do, every material we use is chosen for its ability to support […]

It’s Alive!: New Ways to Save Dying Teeth

By office on Wednesday, May, 15th, 2019 in Dental Procedures No Comments

When you look at your smile, it can be tough to realize that each tooth isn’t just some hard, lifeless mass. Each tooth is, in fact, a living organ surrounded by a coat of enamel. Underneath that enamel is a softer layer of tissue called dentin, which is made up of miles – yes, miles! […]

Fluoride Exposure

By office on Saturday, March, 18th, 2017 in Fluoride No Comments

Not too long ago, the government, recognizing that the threshold may have been too high quietly lowered the “safe” level of fluoride in drinking water to 0.7 parts per million. But with little awareness of where fluoride lurks and how much we are exposed to in “parts per million,” it’s impossible to gauge our level […]

The Adverse Health Effects of Fluoride

By office on Wednesday, March, 1st, 2017 in Fluoride No Comments

Seventy-one years after Grand Rapids, Michigan first released fluoride into its water supply, almost 75% of the US population is chugging the stuff. But a growing number of citizens are beginning to ask questions about the limited science that supports the administration of this ubiquitous medicament to every man, woman and child. At the same […]

The Fluoride Myth

By office on Thursday, February, 16th, 2017 in Fluoride No Comments

If you still think that all those fluoride containing dental products endorsed with the American Dental Association (ADA) “seal of approval” indicate some level of product safety, you need to know, it’s a myth. The truth is that fluoride is a known neurotoxin, a chemical that is poisonous and destructive to nerve tissue. Its little […]

A Lack of Fluoride Doesn’t Cause Decay

By office on Thursday, January, 26th, 2017 in Fluoride, Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

By now we all know that sugar spurs tooth decay. We’ve all also heard that fluoride prevents cavities. But what a lot of folks don’t know is that only part of what we think we know is actually so. Backing up the claim that sugar leads to decay, a recent Finnish study notes that, among […]

Improving Health by Widening the Airway

By office on Thursday, December, 1st, 2016 in Oral-Systemic Connections No Comments

In his forthcoming book Six-foot Tiger, Three-foot Cage, biological dentist Dr. Felix Liao shows how a pinched airway can have serious, long-term effects on your overall health. The title describes the effect of a mouth too small to comfortably fit the tongue. The tongue is forced into the throat, where it “becomes a ‘tiger’ stressing […]

Why Oxygen?

By office on Wednesday, November, 16th, 2016 in Oral-Systemic Connections No Comments

You could go days without food or water. Maybe not comfortably. But you’d live. Not so with oxygen. Even just 3 minutes of deprivation starts killing brain cells. Your brain, in fact, is the biggest user of oxygen, consuming about 20% of the more than 400 liters of the stuff you inhale each and every […]

Sleep Apnea & Grinding Can Be a Thing of the Past – & You Can Thank the DNA Appliance for That!

By office on Wednesday, November, 2nd, 2016 in Oral-Systemic Connections 1 Comment

What do sleep apnea and tooth grinding (bruxing) have in common? They’re both signs that you’re not getting enough air. With apnea, you’re repeatedly choking and jolting awake – the body’s emergency response to a blocked airway. With bruxing, you’re often just trying to get your jaw into a position that lets you take in […]

So Why Won’t My Insurance Pay for Tooth-Colored Fillings?

By office on Wednesday, October, 19th, 2016 in Mercury No Comments

It can be hard to ask for what you want when you know it probably won’t be covered. This can leave some folks feeling they’ve been overcharged for metal-free, biocompatible alternatives. But that hinges on you being unaware of some things your insurance company probably doesn’t want you to know. For one, they don’t care […]

Mercury Gets Around

By office on Wednesday, October, 5th, 2016 in Mercury No Comments

As we noted last time, mercury is constantly off-gassed from so-called “silver” amalgam fillings. This vapor must go somewhere, and where it goes is into your circulation. This is how it can affect so many different body systems. (What it affects and how depends on your unique biochemistry, overall health history and current challenges.) A […]

Mercury Amalgam: Toxic In, Toxic Out!

By office on Wednesday, September, 21st, 2016 in Mercury No Comments

If you’re savvy – and we suspect that you are – you may have wondered why the American Dental Association still endorses the use of mercury amalgam to fill teeth, even as other countries have banned it. You might question how the US could ratify the global mercury treaty known as the Minamata Convention, which […]

Shop Local, Eat Seasonally, Know Your Farmer

By office on Thursday, June, 23rd, 2016 in Diet & Nutrition No Comments

The kind of food you eat matters. And so does the quality of that food. Research continues to show that, on the whole, organic food tends to have more of the nutrients especially needed for optimal health, including Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They also carry fewer synthetic pesticide residues. Even better is organic […]

Is Your Gut Giving You All the Nutrients You Get?

By office on Monday, June, 6th, 2016 in Diet & Nutrition No Comments

In his research on nutrition and dental health among traditional cultures, Weston Price found that fat-soluble vitamins and good fats seemed to be the common denominator among the healthy. But it’s impossible to get all the nutrients you need if your gut is unhealthy. And the acidifying standard American diet has a lot to do […]

Food Swaps for Alkalinity

By office on Thursday, May, 26th, 2016 in Diet & Nutrition No Comments

There’s an important caveat to eating an alkaline diet: Just because a food is alkalinizing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can eat it with abandon. Case in point? Fruit. Why? It contains A LOT of sugar, and too much sugar promotes an acid terrain. In fact, some say that with all the hybridization that’s gone […]

Eat to Alkalinize

By office on Wednesday, May, 18th, 2016 in Diet & Nutrition No Comments

Previously, we looked at practical things you can do at home to keep your teeth healthy and whole. Of course, all these things are a boon to your overall health, as well. Fundamental to both is creating an alkaline environment in the body. Frankly, this is a task most of us would do well to […]

Eat to Remineralize

By office on Thursday, April, 21st, 2016 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

We strongly recommend that all the produce you eat be organic and, preferably, local. All animal products should come from pastured animals raised organically and humanely. Calcium Tooth structure is mostly calcium, making it critical to remineralization. Good Foods: raw dairy (Sea Breeze Farms on Vashon is a great source), rhubarb, spinach, kale, white beans, […]

Remineralization 101

By office on Thursday, April, 7th, 2016 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

The environment in your mouth plays a role in the integrity of your tooth enamel. When you lack certain nutrients, minerals are lost, weakening the teeth and priming them for decay. But just as minerals can be pulled out of teeth, they can be pushed back in. You only need to create an environment in […]

How to Overwhelm Bad Bacteria & Bolster the Good

By office on Thursday, March, 17th, 2016 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

Our country is flooded with fluoride. Yet caries – tooth decay – remains the number one chronic, infectious disease among children. More than 90% of adults have had decay in their permanent teeth. Ninety percent! And still folks will claim – with a straight face – that fluoridation is a triumph in public health. The […]

No-Drill Cavity Treatment – No Fairy Tale!

By office on Thursday, March, 10th, 2016 in Oral Health & Hygiene No Comments

Once upon a time, if you had a cavity, a dentist would just drill and fill – usually with mercury amalgam. Dentists would call it “silver,” but that couldn’t whitewash the fact that a potent neurotoxin was being placed in the mouth, mere inches from the brain. Not cool. Not good. These days, there are […]

Good Health Starts in the Mouth

By office on Tuesday, February, 2nd, 2016 in Oral-Systemic Connections, Periodontal Health No Comments

Most people don’t think much about their teeth and gums until something goes wrong. They see their dentist as a problem-fixer, a kind of mouth mechanic, not realizing that their oral health actually has an impact on their overall health and well-being. Holistic and biological dentistry emphasizes this connection – along with a conservative approach […]

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