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Charlotte Laser, Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry
Charlotte Laser, Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry

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Have you been to the Chinese Lantern Festival at the +Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden yet? If not, go soon, as it ends October 29th!

After hearing my parents rave about the beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival at DSBG (https://www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/chinese-lantern-festival/), we decided to see it ourselves this past Saturday, and oh my, was it ever worth it! Being a photography nut, of course, I had to take a few photos. :-D

A few tips before you go:

- If you go on the weekend, you can almost certainly get in without purchasing advance tickets, but the line to get in is a lot slower. Buying tickets online will save you a lot of time. I've heard that it's much easier on Wed.Thurs.
It opens at 5:30. Plan on arriving by 5:30 and you'll be lucky to be in the door by 6:30. The cars start stacking up all the way out the entrance even before then. Small kids? Make sure they go to the bathroom before you leave. :-D
- _Eat a decent meal before you go, or at least take snacks and a couple drinks in an easy-to-carry bag. They do have food trucks, but the lines are long and VERY SLOW. It took us a full hour in line to get food, so we were famished. :-(
- Plan on taking a minimum of an hour to go through and see everything on the weekend; probably 90 minutes is better. The paths in certain areas are narrow, so people move slowly - lots of photos being taken!

And definitely enjoy.
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10/19/17
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Happy Birthday to Me!

It’s been tough recently - while I’m trying to cut carbs and lose 10lbs around my middle, Fara has suddenly taken an interest in baking cakes. Seeing as I turned 46 on Saturday, though, I had no objection to her homemade chocolate (with chocolate coffee liqueur icing!) birthday cake.

I have a feeling that my trainer will make me pay for indulging a bit tonight, but it sure was worth it!
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10/8/17
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I met Dr. Lincoln Harris in a large online dental forum 10+ years ago, I think, and he’s been an inspiration to me ever since. Sometimes he makes me depressed though, because he’s so damn good even though he’s younger than I am. 😁. We’ve only met in person once, at a conference that he put together in Whistler, BC, Canada in 2011, as he’s an Aussie.

One of the things we do try to do, although I know we don’t always succeed, is to really spend time listening to you, our patients. Dr. Harris describes eloquently why listening is so important for dentists and their teams to do well. It’s almost always far more important than X-rays, excellence at explaining and performing the different procedures we do, beautiful photos, a great lab, advanced technology, or anything else. If you have that rare perfectly healthy and beautiful set of chompers, it might not be, but otherwise, we learn best how to serve you by listening, not talking.

What do you want?
What is your long-term goal for your teeth?

Once we know your goals, we can help you decide the best way to get you there. Stephen Covey calls it, “Beginning with the End in Mind.”

Turns out, this simple idea can be applied to almost any aspect of our lives.
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I have to thank my G+ friend and colleague Dr. +Howard M. Steinberg, DMD, MDS for this article, which includes his look at the minimal research available on the subject, and some general thoughts about this idea. Since there is so little real evidence either way, we have to use basic scientific principles of plausibility and mechanism of action. In the end, we currently just don't know how well this might work or if it's safe.

My recommendation: please stick to tried and true methods instead of experimenting. It might be safe, it might be effective, it might not be fairly neutral, or it might even be bad for you. We simply don't know yet.
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The real takeaway is that vitamin supplements can be beneficial if you have a deficiency - BUT - if you don't have a deficiency, taking large amounts of vitamin supplements is not only not helpful, but potentially quite dangerous. Also, more is not necessarily better, but possibly a lot worse.

Now, it is important to note that this study only shows a very strong correlation, but there is no suggested mechanism that would explain how massive doses of B-vitamins might cause this significant increase in lung cancer in men, and there is no explanation of why there is not a similar increase seen in women. That means there are some big questions still open, and it will be important to conduct follow-up research to figure out if this is really causative or not. As we always say when addressing pseudoscientific claims, Correlation does not always equal causation.. It can certainly be an indicator, but it is not a guarantor.

There are legitimate and important uses for B-vitamin supplements, but the emerging evidence suggests we’re best to treat them more like pharmaceuticals than like panaceas to be shoveled into us in pursuit of energy, metabolic fortitude, “cardioprotection,” “bone wellness,” or whatever way in which we’d like to be better.

The enduring theme in health is that more doesn’t mean better. What’s healthy for one person may be unhealthy for another. The fact of a product being sold without a prescription does not mean it is exempt, or that it’s good or even harmless. Any ingested bioactive substance will come with risks and benefits.
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We've known for some time that patients with periodontal disease and diabetes are usually worse off than those without diabetes. It's certainly not the case that either condition causes the other, but it is known that both inflammation and infection make it more difficult to control blood sugar levels. That means it's important for diabetics with periodontal disease to really stay on top of their dental health. However, we weren't as sure if diabetes actually makes periodontal disease worse. Now we understand that it does, and we have a better idea how that happens - through a change in the oral microbiome that goes beyond the bacteria directly involved in gum disease.
Diabetes & Periodontal Bone Loss
University of Pennsylvania researchers found that diabetes causes a shift in the oral microbiome, encouraging the development of periodontal bone loss, which is a characteristic of advanced gum disease or "periodontitis." This is related to #diabetes , #gumdisease and #dentalresearch .
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Oil Pulling is Nothing More than Swishing with Fat. What the heck is that going to do?

It's been awhile since I wrote something on the blog, but this is one that I've been wanting to write for so long, I just had to finally finish it and get it out there. I've certainly talked about why Oil Pulling with coconut oil, sunflower seed oil, or any other kind of oil is useless, but after looking up the composition of coconut oil, the basic reason is so obvious: because all you're doing is swishing fat around your mouth!
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Absolutely true!
More Than Just An Attitude

This isn't just about visualization, it is about your sense of "why"? Why are you, you, here, alive, at this moment in time.

For more shareable quotes check out: https://goo.gl/rQE2Lu
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Yeah, I'm really not a fan of coconut oil for much of anything, quite frankly. MInimal nutritional value, high in saturated fat, and it does nothing for your teeth.
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Have you been to see Wonder Woman yet? If not, I HIGHLY recommend it! I went last night and absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed it. Real depth and character development, some good surprises near the end, plenty of action, and I can't recommend it enough.
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