Category Archives: Better Health

Benefits of Mercury-free Dental Fillings

Major modern dental procedures may remain relatively unchanged over the years. But the same can’t be said about most of the materials used–except for amalgams. Metallic fillings have been around since the 1800s and yet the concept has barely changed. The classic silver fillings are only comprised of a tiny amount of silver. The rest is tin, copper, nickel, and mercury. The latter ingredient is a source of personal and professional contention, but the fact remains that any amount of mercury can be harmful. Modern composite materials allow patients to opt for mercury-free dental fillings. But what are the real benefits of the composite option?

A Seamless, Natural Smile

Human teeth are naturally varying shades of white which create an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dental work can do wonders to improve smiles, but dark spots from fillings create a noticeable flaw in the design. Even when amalgams are placed in the molars, the metal can permeate surrounding teeth giving them a gray appearance. Composite materials mirror the natural shading of existing teeth. There are no dark spots, gray shading, or worries about whether someone’s interested in your smile or your fillings. Your smile remains white and vibrant, just as it …

Three Simple Ways to Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

It’s important to pay attention to your indoor air quality, even though it’s not something that you can see. The air quality in your home can affect your breathing and can exacerbate any underlying respiratory issues. It also can determine the pleasantness of your home, especially if you’re battling against noxious odors such as those caused by smoke, pets, or hobbies. Luckily, you can fight back against indoor air pollution with just a few simple changes.

First, check on the filtration system of your home. If you haven’t done so this year, be sure to replace your air filters, which can make a dramatic difference in the quality of your air. These filters are the first line of defense against pollution including cigarette smoke, dander, and heavy metals in the air. Although you should ideally also open your windows regularly to get in fresh air, weather can sometimes make that tough. In this case, the filters on your heating or air conditioning system can make all the difference in air quality and circulation.

Next, look at the furniture and make sure it’s not contributing to the problem. Many materials that cover new furniture contain dangerous chemicals that can dissipate into …