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February 21, 2019
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Nosebleed Care:




The arterioles ( smallest arteries in the arterial system) are very near the surface inside the nasal passages. They become more vulnerable to leakage during dry weather conditions.




Maintenance: Diminish the risk by maintaining the tissue by washing nasal passages using water that is warm or comfortably cool. Do this morning and evening. In between spray the areas with Xlear an over the counter item. Result- diminished need to sneeze which is a natural mechanism to free passages of undesirable airborne particles. In spite of the above, if you need to blow your nose, do so with small short moderate bursts of air.


Avoidance: In case of impending sneeze, open your mouth to diminish pressure through your nose. If one nostril is more likely to bleed as a result of sneezing, then partially close it with external finger pressure before sneezing. Alternatively, place your index finger horizontally- parallel with your upper lip, and press firmly against the area under your nose rearward and upwardly and maintain until tendency ends.


Treatment: If the above fails and a sneeze ensues resulting in nosebleed, gently pack the bleeding nostril with soft paper, the best is toilet paper. It's structural system is similar to clot formations by hemoglobin. Do not use any form of cotton. Leave in place for 5 minutes, then carefully and slowly rotate the paper plug while withdrawing slowly. If this is not successful, repeat and wait longer before attempting removal. If you've waited too long and plug resists removal, arrange the position of your head so that cool running water can travel outside your nose towards the tip. Result, the entire plug will become soaked and will likely be removable as above. Again, leave moisture inside nasal passages.


Cauterization of the offending area can easily be done by an ENT physician, however this should be a last resort. The treated nostril will be unpleasantly dry for a year or more because of the scar tissue that will form.




















July 11, 2018
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Why should you make sure you have enough Vitamin D?



Recent studies have shown that along with helping to maintain bone and teeth health (osteoporosis prevention) and your immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems Vitamin D also reduces your cancer risk. The studies indicate there is a marked reduction of risk of colorectal cancer in patients with higher levels of Vitamin D in their blood.


Vitamin D deficiency has become pandemic across the globe, affecting in particular the elderly and those with reduced access to education and healthy food sources.



Some signs your Vitamin D levels are low:


-You're noticeably and unexpectedly weak/exhausted all the time

-You feel depressed

-You have random aches/pains and a propensity to break bones



The recommended source of Vitamin D is D3 or cholecalciferol, which is the natural form of the vitamin your body makes from sunlight. D3 is a fat- soluble vitamin (stored in fat cells for future use) which means you do not necessarily have to take this vitamin everyday.  


A high potency form of D3 is fish oil as this is a natural form and the blood stream absorbs it easier. You can get fish oil in liquid or capsule form.



Food sources high in Vitamin D3:



-Fish especially salmon, herring, sardines, cod liver oil, cod, tuna (see potential methylmercury risk), oysters, shrimp

-Egg yolks (whole egg if cholesterol isn't a concern)

-Wild mushrooms (though this is D2 not D3)

-D fortified foods (eg. milk)

-Lanolin (the fat from sheep or lambs wool) is a cheaper form of D3 but the absorption rate isn’t quite as good as the naturally occuring sources


















May 23, 2018
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Introducing the first of several non-dental blogs which are important health and well-being guides.


Several reasons to avoid tattoos based on a growing body of evidence:


The first: their presence inhibits the use of MRI's (magnetic resonance imaging). The explanation of this is, the dark blue and black coloring contains ferrous metal particles which are magnetic.


The second: their presence interferes with the ability of the skin to perform one of its important functions- that of maintaining bodily temperatures by the process of perspiring.


The third: their presence causes an accumulation of titanium dioxide (an ingredient in ink used in tattoo parlors) in the lymph nodes, which are a very important part of the immune system. 

The fourth: when red coloring in a tattoo is generated by cinnabar (HqS – mercuric sulfide), the risk of skin cancer is increased.

In my opinion it leaves one to wonder why, with evidence that is only increasingly supporting its toxicity to the overall health of the body, the MN Department of Health continues to license tattoo parlors.

Suggestion: Care for your entire body as if it is the best body you will ever have.









Dental Emergency


There are several dental emergencies (circumstances that require prompt attention). The most common are:

  1. Traumatic injuries requiring suturing of facial or mouth area soft tissues
  2. Repositioning and stabalizing teeth that have been damaged and or malpositioned

  3. Avulsed teeth—see separate blog

  4. Soft tissue swelling which has been caused by infection anywhere in the maxillary

    (upper arch). This is a true and serious dental emergency because of the proximity of

    many maxillary root tips to the base of the brain chamber. When reported to our office the only question will be--how soon can you get here?