Monday, November 19, 2012

Mercury in the Spinal Cord After Inhalation of Mercury

Mercury in the Spinal Cord After Inhalation of Mercury

Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology 2012
Mercury in the Spinal Cord After Inhalation of Mercury.
Autoradiograms showed that Hg was deposited inside the spinal cord.
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Roos PM, Dencker L.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) affects anterior horn cells of the spinal cord causing an indolent slow and steady deterioration of muscle strength leading inevitably to death in respiratory failure. ALS is a model condition for neurodegenerative disorders. Exposure to different agents dispersed in the environment has been suggested to cause neurodegeneration but no convincing evidence for such a link has yet been presented. Respiratory exposure to metallic mercury (Hg(0) ) from different sources may be suspected.
Body distribution of metallic mercury is fast and depends on solubility properties. Routes of transport, metabolism, excretion and biological half-life determine the overall toxic effects.
Inhalation experiments were performed in 1984 where small marmoset monkeys (Callithrix jacchus) were exposed to (203) Hg(0 vapour) mixed into the breathing air (4-5 μg/l). After 1 hr of exposure, they were killed and whole body autoradiograms prepared to study the distribution of mercury within organs.
Areas of enhanced accumulation anatomically corresponding to motor nuclei could be observed. This study describes a reinvestigation, with new emphasis on the spinal cord, of these classical metal exposure data in a primate, focusing on their relevance for the causation of neurodegenerative disorders. A comparison with more recent rodent experiments with similar findings is included.
The hypothesis that long-time low-dose respiratory exposure to metals, for example, Hg, contributes to neurodegenerative disorders is forwarded and discussed.


Degenerative disorders of the nervous system affect an increasing number of individuals throughout the world. Genetic causes for this observed increase have been put forward. However, genetics alone cannot explain the observed rise in present prevalence of Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Environmental factors have been suggested as causative in all of these diagnoses, but no convincing evidence for such a link has to date been presented for these multifactorial diseases. ALS has been associated with metal exposure, and toxic metals such as mercury (Hg) are possible candidate substances in the complex causation of ALS.
Use of compounds with recognized neurotoxicity in human exposure experiments is not easily justified for ethical reasons. Because of that, animal experiments have been performed to study the possible contribution of toxic agents from different routes of exposure to the nervous system. Exposure data from rodent experiments are, however, in some cases hard to interpret as the metabolism of the rat for certain toxic agents, for example, mercury, is different from the metabolism of primates and absorption routes and elimination patterns may vary. Timing of dosage and exposure is also critical for the outcome. A low-dose exposure over long time of an accumulating toxic agent, albeit naturally occurring in the environment, causes different types of effects in the nervous system than a high-dose short-time exposure to the same substance.
Respiratory exposure causes a unique distribution pattern within tissues, when compared to intravenous exposure or dermal exposure; however, the overall systemic effects might be the same.
Route of exposure and chemical species of a toxic compound determines the degree of tissue binding. Distribution to organs depends on solubility properties and oxidation in the blood and is for Hg very fast. The whole body distribution also depends on the rate of blood flow in the organs and the capacity to oxidize Hg intracellulary. Local or systemic toxicity occurs for metallic Hg upon application to the skin. Absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion and chemical properties of the substance explain the delayed observed toxicity upon exposure to elementary mercury (Hg0) where effects may be noted several months after exposure. Absorbed metallic Hg vapour is rapidly oxidized in the blood, and Hg ions are transported via blood to the kidney where renal toxicity will develop at critical concentrations. However, mercury vapour that passes the blood brain barrier (BBB) and is not oxidized until after uptake in the brain will remain in this organ for various time and cause adverse effects in this critical organ. The effects are seen after some time.
Among neurodegenerative disorders, ALS is considered the model condition for neurodegeneration. The motor systems are affected, and indolent slow and steady deterioration of muscle strength leading to death in respiratory failure is caused. In ALS, the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord are selectively affected and atrophy of these cells is seen in every case of ALS.
Possible exposure routes for noxious metal agents that might give rise to ALS consist of dermal exposure, gastrointestinal exposure, mercury vapour from dental amalgam fillings, axonal routes and respiratory exposure, all of which are valid in the discussion of possible environmental impact in causing neurodegenerative disorders. Long-time low-dose respiratory exposure to a toxic agent with long biological half-life absorbed and accumulated in specific cells will give rise to cellular toxicity which will have an impact on the detoxification systems and release of the agent from those cells. Respiratory exposure is unique in this context as it comprises high turnover of large volumes of possibly contaminated air during life-time. To what extent low doses of inhaled mercury vapour can be transported to the spinal cord remains to be elucidated.
This study describes a reinvestigation, with new emphasis on the spinal cord, of some classical metal exposure data in a primate, focusing on their relevance for the causation of ALS. A comparison with more recent rodent experiments with inhaled Hg is included. The hypothesis that long-time lowdose respiratory exposure to metals contributes to ALS is forwarded and discussed with Hg0 as an example.
Inhalation experiments such as the two Hg vapour inhalation studies described in this retrospective discussion show accumulation of Hg in anterior horn cells of the spinal cord after respiratory exposure to Hg vapour. The spread of Hg from respiratory organs to the spinal cord seem to be rapid and passing protective barriers.
Case reports on accidental or occupational respiratory exposure to Hg have described a clinical picture of widespread muscle atrophy and weakness as in ALS. To what extent low-dose respiratory Hg exposure contributes to ALS is still an open question. Small size particulate Hg might add to the respiratory exposure of Hg vapour and ALS-like clinical pictures have been described following inhalation of mercuric oxide dust. Mercury alone may not be responsible for the invariably deadly course in ALS but the possible contribution of inhaled Hg in the causation of this multifactorial disease cannot be neglected.
Inhalation experiments in rats and primates show deposition of Hg in spinal cord following single high-dose short-time exposure. Mercury accumulation in anterior horn cells is followed by axonal atrophy and distal weakness similar to the clinical picture in human ALS.
Protective mechanisms against central nervous system Hg toxicity include induction of MT and catalase in astrocytes supporting anterior horn cells in the spinal cord, however, lack of MT expression in anterior horn cells per se may leave these structures unprotected from Hg toxicity.
Respiratory Hg exposure could contribute to elevated concentrations of Hg found in cerebrospinal fluid from patients with ALS.
Further studies into the contribution from inhaled metal dust or vapour in the causation of neurodegenerative disorders are warranted.

What is biological dentistry?

Biological dentists recognize the impact of toxic materials and relate it to dental and physiological health. These dentists use materials and procedures in their practices that are non-toxic and systemically compatible. They see the dental condition in relation to overall health. Centers for Healing 

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Dr. Blanche D. Grube & Dr. David Villarreal 
Holistic Dentistry, Biological Dentistry
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Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Saliva’s Role in Oral Health - Centers for Healing Articles

Saliva’s Role in Oral Health

When you think about oral health, you probably think about your gums and your teeth. After all, Americans spend about $1.8 billion on toothpaste and $775 million on toothbrushes. We’re serious about our oral hygiene habits! (And it appears we put our money where our mouths are, too!)

So, when you consider your dental wellbeing, do you think about … saliva? Most people don’t think about the role saliva plays into dental care, and how important it is for maintaining excellent oral health. It’s true! Saliva is a necessary component in preventing cavities. It clears away bacteria that cling to your gums and enamel and cause disease and infection.

Saliva is produced by … wait for it … your salivary glands, and it’s made up of 99.5% water. Big surprise, right?  So, what’s the other .5%? Believe it or not, that teeny tiny part of saliva is comprise of several components, including electrolytes, mucus, glycoproteins, enzymes, and antibacterial compounds. Now, you know why saliva is the first step in the digestion process! It helps lubricate your food, making it easier to chew and swallow. Saliva also enhances your taste, not to mention your motor functions, which helps you to talk.

From a dental perspective, saliva helps break down the food particles that lodge in and around your teeth, and protects your enamel from bacterial decay. In addition, saliva actually remineralizes your teeth, using calcium and phosphates. If you stimulate your salivary glands by chewing sugar-free gum (or just eating anything, really), then the saliva produced actually has more of the good stuff in it—and is more effective in buffering that bacteria and keeps those pearly whites mineralized.

So, what happens if there’s a reduction in your saliva production? The less saliva you produce, the higher the risk of decay. It also makes eating and talking more difficult. Some medications and conditions such as Sjogren’s syndrome can cause saliva deficiencies, which can negatively impact your oral health. The reduction of saliva is called xerostomia—or dry mouth. Dry mouth also occurs as the result of aging or changes in hormones.

If you’re suffering from dry mouth, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist can diagnose the problem and get you treated. Remember, saliva is a very important part of your oral health!

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What is biological dentistry?

Biological dentists recognize the impact of toxic materials and relate it to dental and physiological health. These dentists use materials and procedures in their practices that are non-toxic and systemically compatible. They see the dental condition in relation to overall health. Centers for Healing 

Centers for Healing 
Dr. Blanche D. Grube & Dr. David Villarreal 
Holistic Dentistry, Biological Dentistry
1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320
p. 805-375-2233

Monday, November 5, 2012

Centers for Healing Radio Commercials Aired on KBBY

Centers for Healing Radio Commercials Aired on KBBY

Commercials Aired on B95.1 KBBY Radio. Biological Dentists David Villarreal and Blanche Grube continue to educate the public about the Dangers of Mercury/Amalgam in our teeth!

What is biological dentistry?

Biological dentists recognize the impact of toxic materials and relate it to dental and physiological health. These dentists use materials and procedures in their practices that are non-toxic and systemically compatible. They see the dental condition in relation to overall health. Centers for Healing 

Centers for Healing
Holistic Dentistry, Biological Dentistry
1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Candy: How Much Is Too Much?

Halloween Candy: How Much Is Too Much?

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ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2012) — As we enter the sweet season, parents are worried kids might indulge their way to obesity by gobbling up too many Halloween candy. But having a little fun with candy once a year will not lead to childhood obesity, says Ken Haller, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University.

Halloween is a social time and kids want to be a part of their peer group by enjoying the perks of the holiday season. Haller says it's OK for parents to allow their kids to be part of this holiday spirit.
"Eating candy on Halloween is like taking a vacation, kids should not make it a habit," said Haller. "After the holiday they should feel like they have had enough candy and be willing to go back to their regular diet."
Haller says a parent should be in charge of deciding how many candy kids can have during Halloween. While eating candy are an important part of the culture and socialization during this holiday, parents also do not want their kids to end up in hospital emergency rooms with tummy aches.
An important lesson to teach kids this holiday season, Haller says, is eating in moderation. When kids come back from their grand trick or treating rounds, parents can go through their load of candy, portion them out, save some for the week, while freezing the rest for later. Parents should also feel free to knock out the ones that are very high in calories, especially ones with high fructose corn syrup content.
"Parents can have a discussion about this. Kids don't have to eat everything that comes back with them," Haller said. "None of these candy are wildly unhealthy or poisonous, they are just not nutritious."
If parents don't want their kids to eat all the candy at once, they can playfully communicate the message to them and avoid being strict about it. Kids want to know parents are on their side and are more likely to listen to them if they are positive about it.
"If parents are pleasant, upbeat and enthusiastic about how much candy their kids can have, kids might accept what they are advocating," Haller said.
Another way to minimize the amount of sweets kids eat is for parents to introduce them to the concept of sharing.
"Halloween candy can be used to teach kids an important ethical lesson -- we need to share with the ones who don't have what we do," Haller said. "This practice of sharing can be an introduction to Thanksgiving and then Christmas."
Lastly, it never hurts to remind kids about healthy dental habits. Haller says Halloween can be a good time to reinforce in kids a daily habit of brushing their teeth.
"Halloween is a great time for parents to buy their kids a brand new toothbrush," he said.

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Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320

Monday, October 22, 2012

Are your TEETH making you SICK?

Are your TEETH making you SICK?  Centers For Healing, Holistic Dentistry, Newbury Park, California, Thousand Oaks, California

scientific evidence suggests that poor dental health may be linked to cardiovascular disease

Are your TEETH making you SICK?  

Some scientific evidence suggests that poor dental health may be linked to cardiovascular disease

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There may be a connection between your dental health and chronic illness? Some scientific evidence suggests that poor dental health may be linked to cardiovascular disease. Although more research is needed to explore this association, it provides yet another reason Centers for Healing recommends brusing your teeth twice per day, floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.
Over 2,400 people die from cardiovascular disease each day, making it an immense public health problem. Cardiovascular disease occurs when arteries become harder, making it more difficult for blood to easily pass through your circulatory system. Plaques also build up in your blood vessels, further restricting blood flow. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, affects nearly 75% of the U.S. population, according to the American Academy of Periodontology

Dr. David Villarreal of Centers for Healing in Newbury Park, California  routinely stresses to his patients the seriousness of Periodontal Disease, which is a chronic inflammatory condition that can cause:

  • bone and gum tissue to deteriorate
  • bad breath
  • swollen or bleeding gums
  • sensitive teeth
  • loose teeth.

What's the connection between Peridontal and Cardiovascular Disease?

If periodontal disease affects your teeth and cardiovascular disease affects your heart, what’s the connection between the two? Scientists have known for years that the two conditions share several risk factors. Increasing age, cigarette smoking, and type 2 diabetes increase your risk of developing both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease. None of these risk factors, however, explain the causal mechanism connecting the two conditions.

According to a 2009 review article by the editors of the American Journal of Cardiology and the Journal of Periodontology, one of two possible explanations/
hypothesis is:

  1. Inflammation. Moderate to severe periodontal disease triggers chronic systemic inflammation, affecting not only your mouth but also your circulatory system, leading to cardiovascular disease. 
  2. Bacteria from your mouth can cause heart disease. People with periodontal disease have billions of bacteria and other microorganisms teeming in their mouths. Chewing food and brushing your teeth release these bacteria into the bloodstream. The Harvard Heart Letter reports that the types of bacteria that cause periodontitis have been associated with plaque buildup in your arteries.

Not all scientific findings have shown a relationship between the two conditions. In April 2012, the American Heart Association published a scientific statement in the journal Circulation denying that gum disease causes heart attacks or stroke. The American Dental Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs and the World Heart Federation also endorsed the statement, agreeing that there is no conclusive evidence that the conditions are related. More scientific research needs to be performed to determine the exact relationship between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease.
Although the scientific evidence has been mixed, Centers for Healing agrees that periodontal disease can be very harmful to your health even if it does not lead to cardiovascular disease. It is important to reduce your risk of gum disease by careful tooth brushing, frequent flossing, and regular trips to the dentist.

Holistic Dentistry, Biological Dentistry
1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320

Friday, October 19, 2012

Harvard study: Fluoridated water lowers children's IQ


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Researchers at Harvard University recently published the results of a long-term analysis that links fluoridated water to lower IQ scores in children.
The alarming findings were released in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institutes of Health.
Professor Philippe Grandjean and research scientist Anna L. Choi of Harvard University partnered with medical researchers Guifan Sun and Ying Zhang of China Medical University to conduct the study, which was performed using internal university funds.
The researchers examined data on water fluoridation levels from a variety of medical databases and compared them to IQ scores of children who lived in the associated neighborhoods. One area of focus was data from rural parts of China which have not been publicized so far. In total, 27 separate studies were examined.
"Children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores than those who lived in low fluoride areas," the researchers concluded. "The results suggest that fluoride may be a developmental neurotoxicant that affects brain development at exposures much below those that can cause toxicity in adults."
Digital Journal contacted the authors of the study for further insight into the report and its implications.
"We knew from the National Research Council review that there were studies that suggested neurotoxicity, but we were a bit surprised that 26 of 27 studies showed poorer performance of children with increased fluoride exposure," Grandjean stated in an email response. "This suggests that we need documentation to determine the dose-response relationship."
While the report acknowledges that the observed decrease in IQ may be relatively small, there is still plenty of cause for concern. "The fluoride ion is very small, so it likely passes the placenta quite easily," Grandjean explained, indicating that fluoride can be transferred from a pregnant mother to her fetus. Thus, the continued usage of fluoridated water from generation to generation may have a greater cumulative effect on human intelligence than any single study could measure.
Will more studies be performed? "Yes, it would be a good idea to carry out research in this field, and China seems well suited for this purpose," Grandjean said.
The report is only the latest university-funded analysis to point out the neurological dangers of fluoridated water.
fluoride study released in 2008 by the Nanjing University School of Medicine found "a consistent and strong association between the exposure to fluoride [in water] and low IQ".
In addition, a report published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials by university and government researchers indicated that even fluoride levels that are below the EPA limit can have negative effects on IQ and neurological health.
Experts like Dr. Hardy Limeback, the Head of Preventive Dentistry at the University of Toronto, have also warned parents against giving children fluoridated toothpaste or water.
Meanwhile, the city council of Portland, Oregon, just voted unanimously in favor of fluoridating the municipal water supply, even though residents voted down three similar ballot measures in the past, according to the Oregonian. It appears that documented health concerns and public opposition will not stop some legislatures from deciding what compounds should be added to the water.

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Centers for Healing encourages you to check out some of our past posts to find pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call to set up an appointment!

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Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

OCTOBER is National Dental Hygiene Month

National Dental Hygiene Month -

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? 

For our staff, that means 2 IMPORTANT THINGS:

  1. Reminding you that your teeth are an important part of your body
  2. Keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy! 
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting our office on a regular basis, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life

Centers for Healing encourages you to check out some of our past posts to find pointers on keeping your mouth clean and healthy. Lastly, has it been six months since your last visit? If the answer is yes, we encourage you to give us a call to set up an appointment!

Dr. Blanche D. Grube & Dr. David Villarreal

1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park (Thousand Oaks, Ca), CA 91320

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Important Tips for BRUSHING and FLOSSING

Important Tips for BRUSHING and FLOSSING

When it comes to the care of your teeth, Centers for Healing knows that proper brushing and flossing techniques do make a difference in the health of your mouth. Holistic Dentists and traditional dentists both agree that establishing a daily oral care routine should not be difficult. Unfortunately, you face an overload of information from advertisements touting the latest in brushing and flossing products.

Types of brushes:

Brush Types
"Important Tips for Brushing and Flossing"
Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes and bristle styles. The American Dental Association (ADA) does offer advice to help you choose.
- Ensure that the brush you choose has the ADA Seal of Approval.
- The ends of the bristles should be rounded; jagged ends can damage your gums.
- Most individuals will benefit from a soft bristled brush. Softer bristles will be gentler on tooth enamel, even if you have a heavy hand when brushing.
- The head of the toothbrush should fit comfortably in your mouth. If the head is too large, you may not be able to properly brush your back teeth.
Dr. David Villarreal suggests "Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. Frayed or worn out bristles will do more damage than good."

Brushing techniques:

Brushing Techniques
"Important Tips for Brushing and Flossing"
While getting your teeth clean is important, over-brushing can actually be damaging to your teeth and gums. Also some holistic tooth whitening products allow for safe whitening of teeth. Brushing too hard can wear away the tooth enamel and cause sensitivity.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth surface.
- Use short, gentle back and forth strokes.
- Clean all of the surfaces of your teeth. The inside, outside and chewing surfaces are all important.
- To brush the inside surfaces of your front teeth hold the brush vertically. Use gentle up and down brush strokes.
- Do not forget to brush your tongue.

Types of floss:

- Floss is available as waxed or unwaxed string. Waxed floss may glide more smoothly between your teeth.
- The flavoring in floss is designed to make the process more enjoyable.
- Floss tape is used in the same manner as string.
- Floss picks can be useful in reaching back teeth or if you have dexterity problems.

Flossing techniques:

To use string floss you will need a piece about 18 inches in length. Wrap the ends a couple of times around your middle or index fingers. Gently work the floss back and forth between each of your teeth. You should be making a “C” shape against the tooth surface.
Be careful not to cut into your gums while flossing. If you notice any bleeding of your gums, consult your dentist. Centers for Healing along with The ADA recommends that you floss your teeth once a day. The time of day and the brushing and flossing sequence do not matter.
Your holistic dentist or traditional dentist is the best source of information when it comes to caring for your teeth. Every individual does have different needs and we will work with you to determine what works best for your situation. If you have questions regarding brushing techniques or which floss or toothbrush to use, ask at your next visit. Keeping your mouth healthy will make your check-ups a pleasant experience. 

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1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park, CA 91320 (minutes from Malibu)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Real Cause of TOOTH DECAY

The Real Cause of TOOTH DECAY

The Real Cause of TOOTH DECAY

Centers for Healing knows that If you have ever suffered from a toothache, you know how excruciating the pain can be. Tooth pain is usually caused by irritation to the nerves in the roots of the teeth, although there are other potential sources of the pain as well. Fortunately, there are ways to both prevent and resolve a toothache, regardless of its cause.

Causes of Tooth Pain

Some of the most common causes of tooth pain include:

  1. Tooth Decay – Also known as cavities, tooth decay occurs when bacteria erodes the enamel of the tooth, which can eventually expose the nerve. This is the most common cause of tooth pain.
  2. Gum Disease – Also known as periodontal disease, occurs when bacteria populate along and below the gum line.
  3. Injury – An injury can include a small chip or a large break in the tooth.
  4. Impaction – Teeth often become impacted beneath the surface of the gums. This condition is most common in molars, such as the wisdom teeth. An impacted tooth may cause no pain at all, or it could become extremely painful if it begins to affect the nerves and teeth around it.

Pain Resolution

Determining the source of your pain starts with a trip to the dentist. Usually, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination that may include X-rays. If your X-rays or examination reveal tooth decay, the solution may involve a simple filling, a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Now What?? Centers for Healing help you decide which option is best for you based on how advanced the tooth decay is, as well whether an infection is present within the tooth. Centers for Healing uses holistic dentistry as an approach to dental care and prevention.
If, however, gum disease is causing your tooth pain, Centers for Healing knows the solution may be as simple as a root planing and scaling, followed by administration of oral or topical antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing your symptoms. If you have a cracked, chipped or broken tooth, your dentist may resolve your pain by either filling the crack, or covering the tooth with a crown designed to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth.
If your dental X-rays reveal that you have an impacted tooth, you will most likely need to have it extracted to avoid causing damage or misalignment to the other teeth. Impacted teeth can also become infected, which is why it is important to remove impacted teeth before they begin to cause problems.


Although there are ways of treating a toothache, the best way to treat it is by preventing it altogether. Some causes of tooth pain are not preventable, such as an impacted tooth or a predisposition to tooth sensitivity. However, tooth decay and gum disease are easily prevented by using good hygienic practices at home and visiting your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings. By brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing, as well as wearing protective mouth guards when participating in high impact activities, you can significantly decrease your chances of developing tooth pain in the future.

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Centers for Healing is a holistic dental practice. We are located at:
1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park, CA 91320 (minutes from Malibu)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

40th Annual Cancer Convention, September 1-3, Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, California

Alternative Therapies 

40th Annual Cancer Convention

Sat-Mon :: Labor Day Weekend

Universal City, CA 
(Across from Universal Studios Hollywood)>

Visit the Centers for Healing booth! 

Learn About The Prevention & Control Of Cancer Through Nutrition, Tests & Non-Toxic Cancer Therapies Such As Laetrile, Gerson, Hoxsey, Koch, Enzymes & Immunotherapy From Medical Doctors, Clinical Researchers,Nutritionists & Authors. 

In Addition, Learn About Chelation, Dmso, Oxygen, Herbal, Cellular & Electro-Magnetic Therapies.
Meet Recovered Cancer Patients with Encouraging Reports

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Friday, August 17, 2012

SAVE THE DATE! :: Alive Health & Fitness Festival :: August 25th, Saturday 1pm-5pm,

Alive Health & Fitness Festival

August 25th, Saturday 1pm-5pm

Backlot of Edwards/Regal Theatre
Camarillo Factory Outlets

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The ALIVE Health & Fitness Festival is produced by the Camarillo Rotary Club and will benefit the International End Polio Now Campaign along with a number of local programs promoting healthy services for kids and families.
We are reaching out to those that may be without adequate health coverage or just needing a convenient time to obtain an immunization, consultation and/or learn about HEALTHY products and services.
Dozens of professionals doing FREE and AFFORDABLE screenings, providing FITNESS demonstrations and handing out healthy life style information will be exhibiting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Your dental health is closely connected to your overall health

At Centers for Healing, we know your dental health is closely connected to your overall health. We also know the mouth can oftentimes be the first place to indicate signs of health issues in the body. Recently, we found a helpful article that outlined Seven Warning Signs that indicate it might be time to check in with our team.

Flat, worn teeth plus headache (sign of stress) 

Grind, grind, grind …. grind. If you live with a teeth grinder, you’re probably familiar with this unpleasant sound. Emotional or psychological stress can definitely contribute to teeth grinding. In addition, headaches, which are caused by spasms in the muscles, can radiate from the mouth and head down to the neck and upper back. Night guards, which we proudly provide, may relieve the symptoms, as well as protect your teeth.

Cracking, crumbling teeth (sign of Gastroesophageal reflux disease) 

As we age we may notice that the enamel on our teeth starts to chip at the edges of our front teeth or form hollowed out “wells” on the surface of our molars. These symptoms may be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid—and occasionally, bile—flows back into your food pipe. Other signs and symptoms of GERD include acid reflux, dry mouth and heartburn.

Sores that won’t go away (sign of oral cancer) 

More than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, according to the National Cancer Institute. Those most affected include the elderly (most are over the age of 60) and smokers. The survival rate for oral cancer is 35 percent. When an open sore in the mouth doesn’t go away within a week or two, or when you experience unexplained bleeding or numbness, it’s always a good idea to visit our office so that we may rule out oral cancer. A lot of sores and ulcers may lurk underneath your tongue, where they are difficult to find.

Gums growing over teeth (sign of medication problems) 

If you notice your gum growing over your tooth, and you’re taking a prescribed or other medication, please call Centers for Healing 805-375-2233 as soon as possible. Certain medications may cause the gums to overgrow; the dosage will need to be adjusted, but it’s important we take a look.

White webbing inside cheeks (sign of Lichen planus) 

Lichen planus, whose cause is unknown, is an inflammatory skin disease that usually affects the skin, mouth, or both, according to the Mayo Clinic. On the skin it manifests with small purplish bumps while in the mouth it takes the appearance of a whitish, lacy pattern on the insides of the cheeks. The disease can’t be passed from one person to another. Lichen planus may require relatively simple at-home care or no treatment. When symptoms are severe, such as pain or significant itching, please give us a call.

Crusting dentures (sign of pneumonia) 

Older folks are known to inhale debris around the teeth and dentures, and inadvertently breathe in other materials into the lungs and airway, causing dangerous (even fatal) inflammation. Be sure to remove and wash dentures on a regular basis.

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Newbury Park, CA 91320

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Batteries, Check! Smoke detectors, Check! Teeth, CHECK!

Batteries, Check! Smoke detectors, Check! Teeth, CHECK! 

You water the garden three times a week, you change your car’s oil every three months, and you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors once a year. Your teeth need to see your dentist on a regular schedule, too.

While daily oral hygiene habits are essential to good oral health, professional dental cleanings at Centers for Healing will insure your teeth are treated to a deeper level of cleaning. We recommend for most of our patients to have a checkup at least every six months. In addition to a thorough cleaning and polishing of your teeth, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. 

During your visit, Centers for Healing Doctors will check:

  1. The health of your mouth
  2. Teeth
  3. Gums
  4. Cheeks, and tongue. 
  5. ALSO, old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

If you are predisposed to oral diseases, you may need to visit Centers for Healing more often than every six months. Factors at play in these diseases include age, pregnancy, tobacco use, medical conditions (such as diabetes, dry mouth, or HIV infection), along with how well you take care of your teeth on a daily basis.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve – If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, CALL OUR OFFICE at  805-375-2233  to schedule an appointment! Don't forget to MENTION THIS BLOG when you call! 

Centers for Healing 

1000 Newbury Rd.; Ste. 225
Newbury Park, CA 91320