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Your San Jose Dentist + Your Body’s Natural Healing = A Happy, Healthy Life

The human body has been evolving since before our early ancestors were known to have lived. Throughout hundreds of thousands of years, our bodies have learned how to keep us safe and how to prevent illness. It would be silly not to use our body’s natural healing powers to our advantage when dealing with [...]

Holistic Dentistry: Is It Time To Re-Think Amalgam Fillings For Cavities?

When it comes to cavities, most are familiar with amalgam fillings. They are those silver-colored dental fillings that were generally used to fill cavities. Unfortunately, there have been growing concerns with amalgam fillings due to their mercury content. Despite the American Dental Association’s (ADA) assuring everyone that they are safe, some countries have banned [...]

Top 9 Benefits of Holistic Dentistry

If you’re searching for a dentist in San Jose, you’ve likely come across a lot of different ones to choose from. When choosing a dentist, it might be a good idea to choose one who considers themselves a holistic dentist. Holistic dentistry offers tons of amazing benefits that can optimize not only your oral [...]

Can You Keep Getting Fillings Replaced Forever?

Most people will experience a cavity at some point or another in their life. When a tooth develops a cavity, the easiest way to treat it is by removing the decay and sealing the tooth with a {{{{link id='20' text='dental filling'}}}}. Unfortunately, dental fillings don’t last forever and eventually {{{{link id='50738' text='need to be [...]

What is Ozone Therapy and Should I Get it?

At Top Down Dental, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian opts to provide her patients with as many treatments as possible to benefit oral health as a whole. One of these treatments is Ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is a holistic treatment that utilizes your body’s natural healing mechanisms to fight off disease, preserve natural structures and [...]

Diabetes and Your Teeth: Your Blood Sugar and Its Connection to Oral Health

If you’re familiar with diabetes, you know that it, if left untreated, can cause a slew of health problems. Poorly managed diabetes puts patients at an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, nerve damage and many other serious issues. But did you know that poorly managed diabetes can also lead to tooth decay, gum disease [...]

Researchers Find a Link Between Poor Oral Health and Liver Cancer Risk

At Top Down Dental, we’re dedicated to the whole health of our patients, which is why we take such a holistic approach to each of our patients’ dental plans. Every day, researchers and physicians find more hard evidence of a whole-body health link, and we stay on the leading edge to ensure [...]

Oral Health Is Partly in Your Head

When we talk about holistic dentistry, we often look at the ways that your oral health and your overall health overlap. However, we have a tendency to focus on physical links between the two. We talk, for example, about how gum disease can impact your heart, or how your [...]

Our Teeth Can Tell A Story

Holistic dentistry teaches us that oral health depends on more than just brushing, flossing, and making regular dental checkups. Instead, it can be influenced by our many life choices, as well as many aspects of our environment. Nothing demonstrates this as clearly as the stories told by a pair of Neanderthal teeth, [...]

“Healthy” Food Substitutions Gone Wrong

As we move into the autumn eating season in San Jose, we know that there are numerous occasions where we’ll be eating more sugar than is good of us, and sugar that can cause cavities. Halloween kicks off the sugary holidays, and it all goes downhill from there! So you might be [...]

MRIs Release Mercury from Fillings

A new study is causing a stir about the impact of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on metal amalgam fillings. The study shows that when people get MRIs, their fillings release mercury. Most of the news coverage on this study focuses on the fact that high-powered MRIs caused a high release of mercury. However, the truth [...]

Why Being a Top Athlete Can Give You Bad Teeth

Athletes often work hard to take care of their bodies. They know that being in top health means being more competitive. That’s why the results of a new study are shocking: it shows that many top athletes in Great Britain have bad teeth. These results are likely widely applicable to athletes around the world. But [...]

Ozone: Cleaning Up Oral Pollution

Last year, the American Lung Association reported that California had the worst air quality in the United States. The Bay Area was ranked 6th as the most polluted metropolitan area. Santa Clara County in particular received an ‘F’ for the quality of its ozone levels. Despite these results, the news isn’t all bad. In fact, [...]

A New Tooth-Mounted Sensor Could Help You Achieve Holistic Oral Health

If you’ve ever tried to watch what you eat, you’ve probably tried more than one diet-curbing method. From food diaries to calorie counters, apps that remind you to drink water and watches that monitors your fitness levels, there are plenty of tools. While any healthy habit requires patience and discipline, most dietary tools are unreliable [...]

Your Fillings Could be a Danger to the Environment

In the last 20-30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to mitigate the toxic effects of 23 Superfund sites in the Santa Clara County—more than any county in the country. This news has been kept under wraps by tech industry giants who have may have had a hand in the Silicon Valley landscape’s [...]

The Good and Bad of Red Wine for Teeth

In San Jose, we know that it was the Santa Clara Valley that was the real foundation of the California wine industry, and it remains the home of some of the best wineries in the world. So we perk up our ears whenever we hear that there’s new research about the benefits of wine. This [...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Seeing Your Dentist Regularly

We’ve all been told that we should see our dentist regularly. But there are many people who ignore this advice and think they should see their dentist only when they have a problem. But there are many important reasons why you shouldn’t wait until there’s a problem to see your dentist. Here are three benefits [...]

Raw Water Has Dangers for Your Teeth

In an attempt to optimize health, some people are giving up water from municipal supplies and even popular bottled water in favor of what they are calling “raw water.” Raw water is unfiltered, untreated, unsterilized--and captured as close as possible to its source. Some people claim that it offers major health benefits. Others, however, are [...]

Gum Disease Treatment Lowers Blood Pressure Better Than Drugs

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Nancy Nehawandian understands how closely oral health is linked to overall health. Now a new study reaffirms the most important of these links: the link between oral health and heart health. This new study shows that gum disease treatment can be a significant contributor to lowering blood [...]

Natural Dentistry Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Oral Microbiome

Natural dentistry means to some extent understanding the natural history of oral health, including the recognition that your mouth is a microbiome. A microbiome is a localized environment that provides living conditions for organisms. Your mouth is full of many microorganisms that thrive there. Some of them are helpful, natural symbiotes that [...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Smile When You’re Running

It seems like everyone is into running these days. You can’t drive around San Jose without seeing those stickers on the back of cars proudly proclaiming 26.2 for marathon runners. Even half marathon runners are proud of their achievement and happily show off their 13.1 mile stickers. And while there are a few people [...]

Tooth Loss Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

As a holistic dentistry practice, we at Top Down Dental understand that your oral health can have an important and sometimes surprising influence on the rest of your your health. One of the most dramatic examples of this is the connection between tooth loss and dementia. We have long been seeing evidence of [...]

New Definition of Oral Health Forwards Holistic Approach

In December, the Journal of the American Dental Association published an editorial adopting a new, comprehensive definition of oral health. This definition of oral health had previously been written and accepted by an international coalition of dental boards, including the ADA. By making a more comprehensive definition, the ADA has taken types of dentistry that [...]

New Study Shows Amalgam Fillings Increase Blood Mercury Levels

For over 150 years, silver metal fillings, which are more properly known as mercury amalgam fillings, have been used to fill teeth. But in recent years, many people have become concerned about the potential toxicity of mercury fillings, which are typically more than 50% mercury by weight. Organizations like the FDA and the [...]

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