Green Dentistry/Green Teeth

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The World Earth Day 45th anniversary on April 18 has come and gone. I believe that almost all of us understand the importance of recycle/repurpose/repair/rethink, but there is always something that can be done to help.

In our dental practice, Breton Gardens Family Dentistry, we have implemented a large number of designs and efficiencies that ultimately “Help Save the Whales”.

From a design stand point, Breton Gardens has installed over a 140 trees and shrubs on our property. This provides for clean fresh air, removes atmospheric carbon and really makes the area beautiful. We left 20% of the parcel undisturbed providing food and shelter for critters and filtration of runoff (Bio-swale).  The design element Xeriscaping was incorporated to reduce water and fertilizer usage while also greatly improving the natural beauty of what is essentially a commercial site.

Interior design shows much natural light for physical and mental health while limiting energy usage. Our interior gardens provide for clean air and calm minds.

Equipment wise, we continue towards a fully digitalized office, reducing paper needs (Save the Trees) as well as the volume of trash going to the land fill.

We have installed a heavy metal separating reservoir in our basement to lower the pollution load of our effluents. This is well over and above the federal regulations. This was and remains expensive. It does, however, allow us to continue in what we feel is a leadership role for business; environmental stewardship.

The staff at Breton Gardens is involved in recycling paper, boxes and plastics. The volume that stays out of the dump fills 2 pickup trucks monthly. This takes little money but does require time and effort.

We have implemented an environmental awareness protocol with our patients. While we do not recommend recycling floss, it sure makes sense to turn the water off when you brush your teeth. It is estimated that each home will save about 90 cups of clean drinkable water everyday with this little change in behavior.

I hope it is cleaner that Breton Gardens Family Dentistry cares; about all of us, the environment and the future.

Green dentistry has nothing to do with green teeth.

Stop The War On Fluoridation

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“Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face?”   – Gen. J.D. Ripper

This quote is from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 comedy masterpiece Dr. Stranglove.

50 years later, fluoridation still incites fear and paranoia. What has changed is that the Internet has given a louder, more projective voice to doubters. Because of the Internet, the anti-fluoridation movement has morphed from comedic outlier to organized political agenda

70 years have passed since fluoridation of public water supplies was introduced to the world right here in Grand Rapids Michigan. This has been ranked as one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

75% of American communities provide fluoride, preventing 25% of cavities that would happen without this public service. $1 spent on public water fluoride saves cost to $40 in dental treatment costs.

There is a massive amount of credible evidence that optionally fluoridated water is safe to drink, does not cause systemic disease and provides the best protection against cavities in both children and adults over the course of a lifetime.

A report in the journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society shows that opponents of community water fluoridation dominate Internet and social media discussions of the topic. I was flabbergasted to learn of a Grand Rapids Michigan mayoral candidate advocating for the cessation of fluoridation.  I have a suspicion that anti-fluoride advocates share many traits with the anti-vaccination crowd.

In light of this, I am providing websites so that you may see better.

www.cdc.gov/fluoridation

http://www.ilikemyteeth.org

The National Institutes of Health have posted a brief report explaining how powerful an impact fluoridation has had on children in Grand Rapids Michigan www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/topics/fluoride/thestoryoffluoridation.htm

There is no conspiracy or hidden agenda here. We just want you to be healthy.

Brush. Floss. Smile. Repeat

Mouthwash 101

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There are two categories of mouthwash: cosmetic rinses and therapeutic rinses. Cosmetic mouthwash helps to control bad breath (which can improve confidence) and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It won’t kill odor causing bacteria (think pus) or inactivate the compounds that are also responsible for bad smells (think rotten eggs). They have just a masking function.

Therapeutic rinses work to get to the root cause of the bad breath. Some reduce the amount of plaque (bacteria) responsible for gingivitis. Others neutralize the acids produced by bacteria lessening the chance of cavities. Other mouthwashes target xerostomia (dry mouth).

Fluoride and xylitol as ingredients have been found to be very helpful in cavity prevention and should be used daily for those susceptible to decay. These are usually over the counter. Prescription mouthwashes are used for specific problems and require a dentist’s diagnosis and oversight.

Mouthwashes, either cosmetic or therapeutic, do not fix specific odor causing problems like deep cavities, untreated gum disease or mouth infections. They only mask or prevent. It is important to have a dentist figure out where that funky smell is coming from. We can usually find the source quickly. Please do your loved ones a favor and get it checked out.

Veterans Day (Remembrance Day/Canada)

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Veterans Day (Remembrance Day/Canada)

Many Americans may wonder at the Red Poppy, ubiquitous to remembrance ceremonies in British Commonwealth countries. Below is the original poem that inspired this powerful symbol. It was written by John McCrae in 1915. Thank you to all those who serve!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The story behind this movement is fascinating. Please go to http://www.greatwar.co.uk/article/remembrance-poppy.htm

Introducing Boca Grande Blog

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Introducing Boca Grande Blog

This is the inaugural post of the Boca Grande Blog by way of Breton Gardens Family Dentistry, a three doctor operation with lots of humor day in and day out. If we could just capture on video the great moments and the not so great moments here at the office, we would have a great reality show for America. It’s going to be my pleasure to introduce the team and their wonderful knowledge and humor when it comes to dentistry. Feel free to join in and comment on anything that that tickles your palate, and you are always welcome to come visit us in person.