Hate Going To The Dentist?

      Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS     Nutritional Periodontist
      June 2, 2016   [printfriendly]

Hate Going to the Dentist?Have you ever heard any of these statements?

  • “It’s worse than pulling teeth.”
  • “I’d rather give birth to a child.”


Both statements compare painful events to the experience of going to a dentist. The thought of discomfort and visiting a dentist seems to go hand in hand. Frequently, going to the dentist has been viewed as an unpleasant experience. Pain and dentistry seem to be symbolically synonymous.


Actually, it doesn’t have to be that way in today’s world. Visiting the dental office does not have to be an uncomfortable experience. Certainly, pain in the mouth can be very significant and memorable. Yet, taking care of your mouth can prevent these horrors. You might even find out that going to the dentist could have huge benefits.


7 Huge Inducements to Visit Your Dentist

  1. To make your smile prettier and/or sexier
  2. To have your teeth whitened
  3. To have your teeth cleaned
  4. To help you enjoy and chew your food better
  5. To have a comprehensive dental exam including an oral cancer screening
  6. To make sure you don’t have tooth decay or gum infection
  7. To fix an immediate problem you believe you have (i.e. pain, mouth sores, broken tooth, swelling, bleeding, loose tooth, bad breath)


Any and all of these reasons make sense. They could be huge for you. Any and all can make you feel better.


The health of your mouth is important not only physically but also emotionally. It is important for you to be able to laugh, to speak easily and comfortably, and to be proud of your smile. Your mouth, your smile, and your breath affect you in business and in all social encounters. In fact, the health of your mouth actually mirrors the health of your body.


Healthy Body = Healthy Mouth


So, how do you keep your body healthy and in turn keep your mouth healthy?


Our primal ancestors (and today’s traditional societies) hardly ever had (or have) dental decay or gum disease. Eating nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods and leading a healthy lifestyle go a long way in keeping your body healthy throughout your life. Quality of life is a direct result of how you respect your body through nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress reduction. A healthy body equals a healthy mouth.


I often write about my 4 Pillars of Health. I also recently wrote two articles that identify what’s wrong with dentistry and how a dental office could educate its patients of the biological causes of dental disease. HERE. HERE.


Have a proactive mindset when you visit your dentist and dental hygienist, but be sure they are on the same page as I have described in my article I wrote HERE.


Be positive. Ask questions. Get the results you deserve.


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4 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

      Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS     December 28, 2015   [printfriendly]

Almost every year it’s been the same old thing for me. Has it been that way for you?


New Year's ResolutionsFor me, I would decide on my New Year’s resolutions. Whatever they might be, I would make an all-out effort for the first two weeks of the year to make them happen. And then, the normal routine of life would take over for the next 50 weeks just as it had in the past with little significant change that year.


But then, it happened. It all changed three years ago for me. The change saved my life.


Three years ago my resolutions changed. They weren’t like losing weight or going to the gym more often or learning how to sing. They were so much more encompassing. They redirected my lifestyle.


Today, those resolutions are helping me become the healthiest I can. But, I had to relearn everything I thought was right that actually was wrong. I have written about my story here.


Pillars of HealthSo for this New Year, I am sharing my four healthy resolutions for you to consider. They changed my life. Chances are they could make you the healthiest person you could be. I consider these lifestyle changes the 4 pillars of health, which I have written about in many blogs. (examples: Here, Here)

  • Sleep 7-8 hours every night to allow your body to restore itself.
  • Start eating a Paleo diet that will nourish every cell in your body with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Begin an exercise program at home in your own time that takes the least amount of effort providing you with the most bang for your buck.
  • Try to reduce the stress that your body endures daily.


A friend told me about oncoming disasters. She wisely questioned me, “If you knew a train was coming toward you, what would you do?” The answer is so obvious.


As we get older (and I am approaching 69 years old), many of us start to notice changes in our body. Most of us start to develop degenerative diseases like type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, a little fatter around our waist, somewhat elevated blood sugar, and on and on. We think that these things are normal as we age. We think that they are happening all of a sudden. But, what we don’t realize is that degenerative diseases are not a part of healthy aging. Changes that are becoming apparent to us now actually began insidiously within our body decades ago – accumulating damage over time.


“If you knew a train was coming toward you, what would you do?”


Making these 4-lifestyle changes now could take you off the tracks of the oncoming train. These 4 healthy resolutions for the New Year will change your life forever.




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