- Periodontal health in pregnant women
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- Good Vs. Bad
- What is in your tooth paste?
- Nutrition in children – growth faltering, food allergy and other common problems
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- Year of the dragon.
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- Fear Your Dentist No More
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When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure both the health of herself and the health of her baby. New clinical recommendations from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the Eurpean Federation of Periodontology (EFP) urge pregnant women to maintain periodontal health as well. Research has indicated that women with periodontal disease may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such giving birth to a pre-term or low-birth weight baby, reports the AAP and EFP.
Periodontal disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory condition that attacks the gum tissue and in more severe cases, the bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can lead to tooth loss and has been associated with other systemic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“Tenderness, redness, or swollen gums are a few indications of periodontonal disease,” warns Dr. Nancy L. Newhouse, DDS, MS, President of the AAP and a practicing periodontist in Independence, Missouri. “Other symptoms include gums that bleed with toothbrushing or eating, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, bad breath, and loose teeth. These signs, especially during pregnancy, should not be ignored and may require treatment from a dental professional.”
Several research studies have suggested that women with periodontal disease may be more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low-birth weight than mothers with healthy gums. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), babies with a birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds may be at risk of long-term health problems such as delayed motor skills, social growth, or learning disabilities. Similar complications are true for babies born at least three weeks earlier than its due date. Other issues associated with pre-term birth include respiratory problems, vision and hearing loss, or feeding and digestive problems.
The medical and dental communities concur that maintaining periodontal health is an important part of a healthy pregnancy. The clinical recommendations released by the AAP and the EFP state that non-surgical periodontal therapy is safe for pregnant women, and can result in improved periodontal health. Published concurrently in the Journal of Periodontology and Journal of Clinical Periodontology, the report provides guidelines for both dental and medical professionals to use in diagnosing and treating periodontal disease in pregnant women. In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released a statement encouraging pregnant women to sustain their oral health and recommended regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.
“Routine brushing and flossing, and seeing a periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist for a comprehensive periodontal evaluation during pregnancy may decrease the chance of adverse pregnancy complications,” says Dr. Newhouse. “It is important for expectant mothers to monitor their periodontal health and to have a conversation with their periodontist or dentist about the most appropriate care. By maintaining your periodontal health, you are not only supporting your overall health, but also helping to ensure a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby,” says Dr. Newhouse.
Children’s nutritional needs differ from those of adults primarily because they are growing. Accurate assessment of growth and weight is therefore vital in determining nutritional status, as a screening tool and for monitoring a child’s progress.
Many parents and carers have concerns about feeding and some of the common problems are listed with suggested solutions.
Guidelines for basic growth assessment
Weigh the child naked if under two years or in light clothing, using regularly calibrated scales.
Measure length in infants using an infant stadiometer (measures standing or sitting height) or suitable measure mat; in older children use a stadiometer, with the child barefoot.
Measure head circumference at largest point around mid-forehead and occipital prominence using a non-stretch tape measure.
Plot weight, height and head circumference on age-appropriate growth chart. Correct for gestational age (until 2 years) if the child was born prematurely.
Refer for further investigation in following circumstances:
– Height and/or weight below 0.4 centile,
– Height and/or weight above 99.6 centile,
– Crossing of two or more centiles between two measurements,
– Weight and height differ from each other by two major centiles.
Common nutritional problems
Failure to Thrive
Failure to thrive is a term that refers to a child whose weight or weight gain is not in line with children of the same age. Children may appear much shorter or smaller than others, and normal development, such as puberty, may be delayed. While failure to thrive can be a symptom of medical conditions such as chromosome abnormalities, chronic infections and low birth weight, poor nutrition can also play a role. To treat failure to thrive that is due to a poor diet, it is essential to encourage a balanced diet including fruits, vegetables and proteins.
Food refusal is a big contributor to poor nutrition in children. Whether it is a dislike of certain colors or textures, some children are just picky. When a child refuses to eat a variety of foods and limits herself to only one food or food group, the National Institutes of Health refers to this as a food jag. Making a rule that the child must at least taste each food on her plate is a good way to work around this. Food habits will change with time and, eventually, your child will begin to try other foods.
Allergy and Intolerance
Food allergies can be common in children, with the most typical allergies being eggs, milk and peanuts. Gluten and lactose intolerances can also be a factor. If your child has an allergy, this can affect his ability to adsorb certain nutrients. For example, a milk allergy or lactose intolerance can affect the calcium intake of your child. Gluten is a very common allergen nowadays. It manifests as acute or chronic condition. It can lead to malnutrition because it destroys lining of small intestine. Small intestine is where food gets absorbed. If your child has an allergy, talk to your physician about possible nutrient supplements that may be necessary as well as diet modification.
Iron Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. A diet lacking in iron is the most common cause of anemia, and it often occurs in young children, usually between the ages of 9 and 24 months, whose diet consists of a lot of milk and not a lot of iron-rich foods. Cow’s milk reduces the body’s ability to absorb iron and can cause the intestines to lose a small amount of blood, which further reduces the red blood cells. Foods rich in iron include meats, fish, poultry, egg yolks, legumes, whole grain breads and raisins, but many pediatricians will prescribe an iron supplement.
The new year is upon us. Year of the dragon. A scary creature for
sure. Scary, much like a trip to a dentist. Those of you who saw ” How
to train your dragon” saw that we live in camps. Those who hate, and
those who love. Chose to hate and be guaranteed to have a battle you
can be proud of..a reason to live, so to speak.
Chose to love. A different road entirely. Results can be magical
and,for sure, unpredictable.
And then there are dragons.
Scary and mean. Always hungry and ready to kill. A purposeless creatures?
Little do we realize that we all can be dragons at one point or
another. Until somebody loves us, …and then the choice is ours.
We choose which dragon we will be.
Please accept our most hardiest wishes in this coming year. We want to
share it with you.
Thank you all,
Andrea, Sasha, and Dr. Kundel ( aka Lenny ).
P.S. While practically no one likes to go to a dentist….it is a
dragon we must all eventually conquer
As an herbal &nutritional educator educator & practitioner I have long understood the relationship between the health of the body & the health of the mouth. They are obviously connected. My studies led me to the works of Dr’s Price & Pottenger. Their findings illustrate the importance of traditional whole foods for optimal health of humans and all life forms on earth. While I was able to work on improving my own health through good local food from conscientious farmers, my search for a holistic dentist continued as did the pain & suffering at the hands of conventional dentistry. Until I met Dr. Kundel. His office is nearly a hour drive from my home but after the 1st visit I knew his practice was for us. The way he calmly took his time explaining our options and dealing with my frightened and angry teenager whose prior dental treatments left him traumatized moved me to tears. Finally a gentle dentist who truly cares for his patients! I don’t feel like I’m speaking some crazy foreign language anymore, when I used to feel like such an oddity in the dentist’s chair.
Thanks Dr. K!
Every single day I hear: “nothing personal doc, but I just hate the dentist.” Oh boy! Great ice breaker! Thanks?!
Pablo was not kidding. He was mortified. Here is the good news:
Pablo asked: please treat me like a special person.
My reply: should not every patient be treated this way?
Take time, explain, be calm.
Love what you do.
Being a dentist I look at teeth and mouths all day long. Being a dentist that understands that one’s mouth affects how a person breathes I pay close attention to body structure and oral structure in particular. I wanted to show what a great mouth looks like for a long time so people could understand what I strive for. Here is the video of Heather Headley. She is an incredible singer that has chosen to perform a very beautiful song. While enjoying this music please pay attention to the size of her mouth as well as its relationship to her skull.
Hearther’s mouth is large and very well proportioned. Her jaws are sitting forward of her face. Both of these parameters allow her to have a great posture and ease of breathing. Here is another song by her. Enjoy!
This is an ideal that one should strive for. While we all have our own unique structure and limitations we also have potential. It is this potential that I want to help to express.
Parents are a child’s first teachers in life and they play a significant role in maintaining their child’s overall health. In observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) encourages parents to introduce good oral health habits to their children during infancy.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease, highlighting the need for thorough oral care and regular dental visits. The ideal time for a child to visit the dentist is six months after the child’s first teeth erupt. During this initial visit, a dentist will be able to examine the development of the child’s mouth.
“Parents are surprised when I tell them that their infants can develop tooth decay and cavities soon after their teeth first appear,” says AGD spokesperson Steven A. Ghareeb, DDS, FAGD. “We usually call this baby bottle tooth decay, which is caused by the long-term exposure to liquids containing sugars like milk, formula, and fruit juice.”
In addition to tooth decay, other dental problems, such as teething irritations, gum disease, and prolonged thumb or pacifier sucking, often start early. The sooner the child visits a dentist, the better.
There are many things that parents can do with their child at home to maintain good oral health:
Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth twice a day.
Ask your dentist when you may begin to rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on your child’s gums. Doing so will help your child become accustomed to the flavor of toothpaste.
As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of natural toothpaste.
Help a young child brush at night, which is the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow during sleep and higher susceptibility to cavities and plaque.
By approximately age 5, your child can learn to brush his or her teeth with proper parental instruction and supervision.
“The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by your good example,” says Dr. Ghareeb. “Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.”
Here is a video of a person that took responsibility for how he felt. He went online, did his own research, asked questions, and made a decision. Decision one: I want to feel better! Decision two: Dr. Kundel, please help me to feel better! We made one SOMA appliance which was worn evenings and nights. The following symptoms have been resolved: restless sleep, TMJ pain, difficulty breathing through nose.
People like David make our day a pleasure. Thank you David for being what you are.
Below is David’s video.
Traveler, if you are reading this you are searching to improve your life. You ask: why me? Answers will eventually become apparent. Read on .
Do not expect others to heal you. It takes more than one person.
Do not blame anyone. Please. Blame retards your ability to heal.
There are no justifies resentments.
Learn to love unconditionally. Learn to forgive. Learn to repent. These are VERY hard things to do. These are not empty phrases. These are practical solutions to managing our minds and bodies given to us by avatars of old and present.
Look deep into yourself and ask yourself: Do I deserve to be healthy? You may be surprised by your answer. How does my pain serve me? What lesson do I need to be learning?
Important: Information changes. What is correct or moral one day may with time become incorrect and immoral. Examples: slavery, physics, killing.
What we think of health and healing today is a leap from a decade ago. In ten years other modalities or improvements on present modalities will be available. That doesn t make what’s used today “wrong.”
Also, just because you spent money to get better does not entitle you to get better.
Books haven’t been written yet about some of the things that you will read here.
Oftentimes when a large “silver” filling is removed from a tooth, your dentist may tell you that there are cracks that go through the tooth. That most likely is true. Metal when exposed to water corrodes. When it corrodes it expands. So a “silver” filling that is in constant contact with saliva will overtime corrode and expand. That creates a high likelihood of either breaking a tooth or at least creating cracks in the tooth. So a decision has to be made on what to do next with this tooth. In this practice, 99% of the time a tooth like that will be filled with a plastic filling and left alone. A patient is informed that the tooth does have cracks and what will happen to it long term nobody knows. However, because the tooth does have a questionable prognosis it would be prudent not to invest a lot of money on it but rather restore it conservatively. The reason this tooth would have a questionable prognosis is because it has been restored (re – drilled) several times. Anytime a tooth is touched there is a possibility that the nerve will act up and the tooth may die. If this occurs the only options left for the patient to decide is if they want a Root Canal or Extraction. In our practice, we educate, but always let the patient decide what they feel is best for them. We have a no pressure philosophy.
A word about filling materials. Plastic filling is called a composite. It is composed of plastic with tiny glass particles imbedded in it. A “silver” filing is composed of five metals. Fifty percent of that is mercury. We feel a composite filling is the best and least toxic material available today.