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Dec
20

Wellness Coaching: Part 1

written by CariFree

  Behavior change is tricky. Telling patients or showing them HOW to do something will not actually make them change. So, I went through a 2-year course on wellness coaching. Wellness Coaching helps the patient understand why they have a problem and empowers them to do something about it. Wellness Coaching helps the patient develop […]

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Category: Education
Dec
13

What is Saliva’s Role?

written by CariFree

Saliva is nature’s most effective protective strategy for your mouth. Resting saliva has a pH of about 6.75 and stimulated saliva has a pH of 8.0. When we begin to look at things that threaten this protection there are several that come to mind.       1. Medication Induced Xerostomia 70% of Americans take […]

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Category: Education
Dec
6

How Does Diet Influence Caries Risk: Part 2

written by CariFree

Of course sugar consumption plays a large role in our patients caries risk. However even practicing 30+ years, I am still surprised to find new places sugar is showing up in my patients’ diets.   Sports drinks, friend or foe? Over the years people have begun to understand the link between sugary soda and poor […]

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Category: Education