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Top 4 Super Foods for Exceptional Health

Superfoods! We hear about them all the time. It almost seems that what is considered a superfood changes from week to week. That’s why All About Smiles decided to compile a definitive list of the top-ten, all-around-profound foods that can really give you the health boost you have been looking for. And because many of them battle free radicals, they can also help you look younger too. Bonus!

  1. Coconut Oil – This powerhouse oils seems to be in everything healthy these days, and no wonder! It is good for your hair and skin externally as well as working wonders for your insides. The best coconut oil is organic and cold-pressed. Because this coconut oil is derived from the coconut flesh under very low heat with minimal processing, this oil is in its most natural form and retains the benefits heat processing destroys. Coconut oil is:
  • Rich in medium-chain triglycerides which can help you lose weight and promote fat loss
  • Antimicrobial
  • High in dietary fiber
  • Immune system boosting
  1. Acai – A yummy berry from South American palm trees, the Acai fruit not only tastes great, it is full of dietary fiber, antioxidants, and healthy fats. That means that Acai can:
  • Fight free-radical damage
  • Promote cardiovascular health
  • Encourage digestive well-being
  1. Cacao – Yes! Your dreams have just come true. Chocolate! But pay attention. We are not talking about cocoa here, we are talking about cacao. There is more to the difference than the last two letters. The big difference lies in the processing. The more raw the bean the more health benefits it has. Just eating a lot of traditionally processed chocolate with cocOA, won’t do much for you. What you can do is look for chocolates made from cocAO, healthy fats like coconut oil, and sweeteners like palm sugar or stevia. These chocolates are still a treat and are packed with:
  • Phenolic phytochemicals and flavonoids to fight premature aging and free radical damage
  • Epicatechin to boost and preserve cognitive abilities while also regulating insulin levels
  • Flavanols to protect your heart and lower your blood pressure
  • Nutrients like zinc, potassium, magnesium, and iron

To really get the most out of cacao, sprinkle raw nibs on yogurt or a fruit salad…with goji berries! The nibs themselves are crunchy and bitter, so if you need some sweetness, consider honey. You’ll create a bitter chocolate power pack!

  1. Spirulina – You may never have imagined that you would want to eat pond scum, but this amazing algae is a food source you do not want to miss. One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, food-grade spirulina is carefully harvested from non-contaminated ponds and waterways and is usually available as a tablet or a powder. Spirulina offers:
  • Vitamin B1(thiamin)
  • B2 (riboflavin)
  • B3 (Niacin
  • Protein (comparable to eggs as far as protein per gram)
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Gamma Linolenic Acid
  • Omega-3s
  • Chlorophyll to remove toxins
  • Help balancing blood sugar
  • Reduction in inflammation which may help with allergies
  • Tooth remineralization (We love that!)

Of course there are so many more super foods including maca root, goji berries, manuka honey, kelp, bee pollen, chia seeds…well, the list could get fairly long. You would be surprised at how many amazing foods you can add to your diet to increase your energy, slow the aging process, and help you get healthy and fit! For more foods you can easily add to your diet and tips on where to find them, call our Wilmington dental office at 302-239-1641.

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Mindful Living 101

Why is a dental office always blogging about total health and wellness? Because there is so much more to authentic smiles than just teeth. We believe completely in the mind-smile-body-spirit connection and are always looking for ways to strengthen and improve those bonds. Dr. Lewis Yu and Grace Liu have been on this journey toward total wellness themselves and love to share, not only the story of their own journey, but also tips and suggestion on ways to incorporate everything from meditation, to diet and exercise, into your daily life.

One of the easiest and most important ways to live more fully is by focusing on positive thoughts and actions. We call it mindful living, and it has helped us reach a higher state of joy, acceptance, and health. These are healthy coping skills that can help you get through even the roughest patch.

How to Incorporate Mindful Living Into Daily Habits

  1. Be present in the moment

As Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh says “Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years to experience this happiness. It is present in every moment of your daily life…when you breathe in, and you are aware of your in-breath, you touch the miracle of being alive. That is why mindfulness is a source of happiness and joy.

  1. Focus on your breath

This allows a number of things to happen, including:

  • Keeping you in the moment
  • Release of stress and lowering of anxiety
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Stimulate brain growth
  • Helps connect your mind and body
  1. Consider your thought patterns

Proverbs 4:23 saysCarefully guard your thoughts because they are the source of true life.” We think that means facing every day with acceptance and love instead of judgement and worry. Worry and stress are bad for the body and soul, and have been shown to lead to everything from strokes and heart attacks to low cortisol levels and obesity.

  1. Open your heart to genuine love

Instead of worry, open yourself to love. The first place to practice love is for yourself. Self love is a powerful healing tool. And once you learn to truly love yourself, you will be better able to share authentic love with others.  

This also involves:

  • Forgiving the past
  • Letting go of expectations
  • Releasing judgement
  • Thinking before reacting

The Overall Benefits of Mindful Living

  • Relieves anxiety and reduces stress
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps reduce chronic pain
  • Develops gratitude
  • Helps heal the soul
  • Improves focus
  • Increases creativity
  • Aids in clear communication
  • Reduces burnout
  • And generally makes you smile more.

That’s what we are all about!

For more suggestions on mindful living, call All About Smiles in Delaware at 302-239-1641.

Clean Water for Our Delaware Community – and the Earth

filtering of waterWhy All About Smiles Uses an Amalgam Separator

We rarely think about water here in the US where we just turn a tap to be delivered a stream of pure, clean water. We run water all day long – washing dishes, getting a cool glass to drink, letting our kids play in the tub, on the potscrubber cycle of the dishwasher, even when we brush our teeth. It seems that, if the earth is made up of mostly water letting it run shouldn’t be considered “a waste.”

The truth is, fresh water is a commodity. More than 97% of the earth’s water is salt water. How much fresh water does that leave? Not much. But there is more. Of that 2.5% of fresh water, 68.7% is frozen – and not as bags of ice at the handy mart. That doesn’t leave very much water for people on the planet to use and drink, does it? Worse yet, in the last century, global demand for water has increased six fold.  

Water is also becoming increasingly polluted. Just take a look at America’s great rivers – about 40% of of them are too polluted for fishing, swimming, or for aquatic life to survive in.

Here at All About Smiles, we are doing a number of things to protect water and reduce the amount of water we use. Of course, we encourage our patients, young and old, to turn off the water while they brush.

Another, and to us, a very important way we protect both Delaware’s and the earth’s water – and our community’s health – is by using an amalgam separator every time we remove, or work on, a mercury-amalgam filling.

Why Keep Amalgams Out of the Water

As the demand for water increases, it becomes more important than ever to make sure the water we use is properly treated and cleaned before it is disposed of. Proper cleaning of water ensures that we may use water again and again. But some things just shouldn’t go in the water in the first place – including the harmful, toxic mercury contained in amalgam fillings. Patients come to us from all over the country to have their metal fillings removed and replaced with more holistic tooth-colored fillings.

During the removal procedure, bits of the metal filling are washed into our water system. Without an amalgam separator, those bits of filling would enter the public wastewater system. That’s important because one large amalgam filling contains as much mercury as in those old-fashioned thermometers we used as children. That’s enough mercury to contaminate a 10-square-mile lake and cause restricted fishing. Six years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized that dental offices are the largest source of mercury discharged to publicly-owned treatment works. All About Smiles refuses to be part of that problem! Amalgam separators may be expensive, but when it comes to keeping both the planet and our patients healthy, we never let cost stand in our way.

Attached directly to the vacuum system, our amalgam separator is extremely effective – certified to remove 99% of amalgam  – at keeping amalgam, or silver fillings containing mercury, from entering our wastewater supply and sewer system.

It’s just another way All About Smiles invests in our patients – and in the planet!

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The All About Smiles Healthy Mouth Transformation Experience

Want to find your best health? Start by getting your smile as healthy as possible! While some dentists may treat your mouth as something separate from your body or your teeth and gums as things that only need to be dealt with when there is damage, infection, or decay present, your Wilmington dental team at All About Smiles sees you as the whole person you are and we strive to treat your smile, body, and spirit. The truth is, we want to get to know you as more than a patient, we want to know you as a friend. We think that makes treatment more comfortable and less intimidating, allowing us to customize your care.

Our Goal at All About Smiles is to:

  • Tirelessly work to make your dental care as good for your body as it is for your mouth.
  • Integrate chiropractors, holistic healthcare practitioners, and fitness instructors into our team.
  • Stay on the leading edge of current knowledge and techniques.
  • Continually invest in the latest equipment so we can detect problems as early as possible.
  • Treat problems with the least interference to the body’s natural system.

To better accomplish this, we created the unique, Healthy Mouth Transformation Experience.

What is the Healthy Mouth Transformation Experience?

This dental experience was created to help us help you through personalization, planning for treatment and fitting it in your budget, and carrying out your treatment plan in a manner that is most comfortable to you. We even offer a guarantee of excellence!

Step 1: Initial Relationship Builder®

  • We are excited to get to know you and hope you are excited too! When you first call our office, we will ask you about your needs, talk to you about our practice, explain our philosophy and office policies, and let you know just how we handle paperwork, scheduling, and payment options. It’s the first step into a beautiful and meaningful relationship, and onto the pathway toward complete health!

Step 2: Comprehensive Health Analysis®  

  • This detailed, 90-minute health analysis is one of the most crucial steps toward total health. We will record all the essential data about your head, neck, and oral health. We also do a complete and careful examination, including a periodontal screening, x-rays, and oral cancer screening. All of this data will be recorded as a baseline for your health records and to help us create your personalized treatment plan.  

Step 3: Treatment Blueprint Review ®

  • True health can’t be rushed. That’s why we schedule your return visit for two weeks after your Comprehensive Health Analysis. During those two weeks, we will analyse and review our findings, and condense this data into an easy-to-understand, personalized report. On your return visit, we will present and explain our report through a powerpoint presentation that acts something like a point-by-point report card for your oral health. We take time to listen to your questions and concerns, before proposing your ideal treatment plan.

Step 4: Customized Affordability Planning ®

  • We want your care to be affordable! That’s why one of our team members will meet with you to discuss how we handle insurance, your financial options, and the time frame you are considering for treatment completion.

Step 5: Health Restoration Process ®

  • Here we go! Your smile is in the making! We are thrilled to have been able to guide you through our discovery process to reach this point in your journey toward health. Because we want your experience to be as easy as possible, we focus your care, maximize procedure effectiveness, and minimize the time spent in our office by completing your work in quadrants. In other words, we will complete an entire quarter of your mouth at each visit until your mouth is in it’s ideal state. We encourage you to continue your work with a personal trainer and chiropractor – essential members of our wellness team.

Step 6: Condition Assurance Advantage ®

  • This is your guarantee of excellence. We stand by all the dental work we do and will restore your work at no cost for the first year and at deep discounts for the next five years.  

To learn more about our Healthy Mouth Transformation Experience, please give us a call. We love our Wilmington neighbors and want to help them smile better and more often. It’s our mission!

Meditate Your Way to Marvelous

meditationWe all know that meditation can reduce stress, but did you know that it can also help eliminate pain and make you a more compassionate person? This isn’t make believe or some kind of new-age delusion. Modern technology has allowed scientists to study the effects of meditation on the brain. And while the results may have been surprising to some, to those of us at All About Smiles who meditate on a regular basis and have done so for years, the results simply proved what we have known all along. Meditating before we come to work at our Wilmington dental office makes us better dentists and calmer, more gentle people.

The Benefits of Meditation

Brainwaves have frequencies, five of them to be exact. And while they are very complex and overlap, they signal different states of mind and brain activity from hyper-alert gamma to deep sleep delta. MRI scans have shown that when we are anxious, frightened, or irritated, our brains are often in a state of beta brain activity. Meditation can bring those frequencies down to alpha waves, the waves associated with a more calm and relaxed state of mind and also with play, creativity, and imagination.

For years, practitioners of meditation have also believed that meditation can reduce pain. Scientists have used MRIs to test this theory using images of brains experiencing pain and on pharmaceuticals. Surprisingly, placebos had similar effects on the brain to the pharmaceuticals, which confirms that simply thinking about reducing pain can reduce it in a real and measurable way. This was also tested and confirmed when focusing on pain reduction through meditation and was tracked by MRI imaging. Activity in the area directly related to pain was shown to decrease simply through concentration.

Meditation and Breathing

Simply focusing on breathing deeply and calmly is an effective form of meditation. Our bodies are programmed to breathe deeply when angry, stressed, excited; it is one of nature’s most effective calming mechanisms. But it is not only calming, it can also have incredible health benefits including:

  • Lowered blood pressure
  • An increase in oxygen and with oxygen, energy
  • Mental clarity
  • Tension relief
  • Immune system strengthening
  • Improved posture
  • Pain relief
  • Strengthening of the heart and lungs
  • Improved digestion

It can even make you look better!

Clearly taking a few moments a day to meditate and breathe can improve our health and our lives. To learn more about the benefits of meditation or information about how to practice meditation, please feel free to give our Wilmington dental office a call at (302) 239-1641. Dr. Lewis Yu and Dr. Grace Liu created All About Smiles to help you get the most out of your smile – and your life!

Put Some Purple Power on Your Plate!

purpleIsn’t purple just one of the best colors ever? Rich, warm, and inviting, wearing purple can make you feel mystical and royal and gives you both the stimulation of red and the calm of blue.

Purple is calming, uplifting, spiritual, and creative, and is the color of the crown chakra, the chakra linked to the brain, the nervous system, and the representation of pure thought. Leonardo da Vinci felt that meditation and prayer were best practiced in purple light and that this light increased its power by ten times! In Feng Shui, purple can be used in any direction to boost creativity, success, wealth, and love. But the power of purple doesn’t just stop with its psychological effects. Purple is also one of the best colors to EAT!

Which Purple Foods to Choose

When we talk about eating purple, we clearly aren’t talking about grape lollipops or mixed-berry taffy. We mean the real thing – grapes, blueberries, plums, eggplant, and carrots. But carrots are orange, you say? Orange carrots are a fairly new thing. Up until the 175th century, all carrots were purple! Purple carrots are gaining popularity again and can often be found at your local farmers market. You can also try purple cabbage, purple potatoes, and more exotic additions like acai berries.

How Purple Foods Boost Health

According to one of our favorite holistic food blogs, theholisticingredient.com, purple foods are super high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and oxidants and can:

  • Reduce the risk of high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol (the good kind)
  • Help to prevent obesity and diabetes
  • Lower the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological diseases and cognitive declines
  • Reduce inflammation and therefore chronic disease
  • Assist in preventing urinary tract infections, fight ulcers, reduce liver damage and prevent other diseases contracted from cell damage

Purple foods also contain the age fighter resveratrol and can keep your arteries and blood clean, keep you looking younger and feeling stronger longer than you thought possible.

Eat the Rainbow

So while eating green is still one of the best things you can do for your body, don’t forget to add some of the mysterious and delicious beauty of purple to your everyday plate. And please don’t forget red, orange, yellow, white. Your body will thank you…and your family will too!

To get a little of the rainbow in your diet while you are at All About Smiles, ask us for one of our delicious smoothies… and please feel free to ask us about tips and tricks for getting more purple in your diet. Give our Wilmington dental office a call at (866) 855-4390. Dr. Lewis and Dr. Grace Liu are here to help you get the most out of your smile – and your life!

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What You Should Know About Holistic Dentistry

All About Smiles is proud to be Wilmington Delaware’s choice for holistic dentistry. But what does that mean exactly? For us, it means that we focus on more than just your mouth and its symptoms. We see you as a whole being and your symptoms as parts of possible systemic issues. That means we do more than offer oral care, we can guide you to making lifestyle and dietary changes, encourage wellness and prevention, and help you find alternatives such as supplements or homeopathic remedies that can improve not only your oral health but also your overall health.

Prevention is the Best Medicine

At All About Smiles, we think it is important to focus on what is right instead of simply fixing what is wrong. We spend a lot of time on preventing problems before they start, encouraging your body to heal itself with minimal intervention, and avoiding and removing toxic or risky therapies. Many of our therapies are completely noninvasive. And because taking care of your mouth helps you take care of your body, and vice versa, we encourage general well-being and better nutrition as much as we encourage oral health. Our primary goal is to ensure that all our services worked in harmony with your body.

A Healthy Partnership

We are not here to judge you for your choices. Neither are we here to dictate to you about how you should care for yourself. Instead, we like to think of ourselves as your Wilmington health partners, sources of information and education as well as guides to ideal health.

What to Expect

Even holistic dentists want you to brush, floss, schedule cleanings, and take care of cavities and gum infections. Just because we offer some alternatives doesn’t mean we are going to wave feathers over you or have you chew on some herbs and declare your smile perfect. In fact, we even offer cosmetic treatments because we believe that confidence is a big part of your overall feeling of health!

What you can expect from our holistic dentistry is what we mentioned above – care that optimizes your smile, your body, and your life.

Our dental services include:

Most of these services don’t look very different from what you might find in a conventional dental practice. We think that what makes us really different is in the details – like providing nutritional counseling, helping you use and benefit from probiotics and botanicals, integrating functional medicine into our practice, offering safe mercury amalgam removal and detoxification, and stress management programs.

If you are interested in taking major steps toward improving your health while you improve your smile, please give your Wilmington holistic dentists, Dr. Grace Liu, Dr. Lewis Liu, or any of our team members a call at (866) 855-4390. We would be happy to share our All About Smiles approach and philosophy with you today!

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Your Morning Ritual

Getting out of bed in the morning can be hard. The alarm rings and you hit snooze. Then you hit it again. We have all done it. But this year, maybe there is a way to make getting out of bed something to look forward to while also decreasing stress, and giving you an emotional, physical, and spiritual jump-start for the day – a morning ritual! “But,” you may say, “I have a morning ritual. I brush my teeth, wash my face, eat a wholesome breakfast. I even go for a quick run before I shower and dress for work.”

Not so fast. That is a morning routine, not a morning ritual.

A ritual is a deeper level of self-care, one that focuses on loving yourself, preparing emotionally for the day, boosting your happiness quotient.

How do you quick-start a morning ritual? It’s truly not that hard at all.

Five Things to do Before You Get Out of Bed:

  1. Express gratitude
  2. Set your intentions for the day
  3. Take five, deep, long breaths
  4. Smile for no reason
  5. Forgive yourself for yesterday’s mistakes

These are super easy, take just a few minutes, and can get you started moving toward your own, more involved and personal ritual.

The Benefits of a Morning Ritual

According to Amy Crawford, founder of online wellness hub The Holistic Ingredient, a personal morning ritual can:

  • Boost your focus, productivity, and happiness.
  • Give you control of your day.
  • Lift your mood, every morning.
  • Start the day with achievement.

Now isn’t that a wonderful way to show yourself some love this new year?

Planning and Incorporating Your Morning Ritual

Think a morning ritual has to be complicated? Think again. (Try the “Before Your Get Out of Bed suggestion above if you doubt us on this.)

  • Start by setting your alarm a few minutes earlier than usual for the next couple of mornings. Even setting your alarm five minutes earlier a day is helpful.
  • Go to bed at a time that will give you enough full sleep cycles to get you rested. This handy sleep cycle calculator can help you choose a bedtime that fits perfectly with waking up. http://sleepcalculator.com/
  • Consider buying or making something special to eat or drink that might tempt you out of bed and make you feel a little pampered. While you are enjoying your new exotic tea and coconut macaroon, start writing down a few other things that make you happy or that you think will improve your health and wellness. Have you been wanting to meditate? Start journaling? Add yoga to your life? Get outside more? Anything can be added to your ritual time as long as it leaves you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to face the day. We love the simple but effective sun salutation because it doesn’t take long yet uses all of your major muscle groups. Check it out here: http://www.yogajournal.com/category/beginners/how-to/sun-salutations/
  • Write down exactly what you want to incorporate in your morning ritual. A written reminder not only keeps you from forgetting your goals, it also serves as a way to make you accountable to yourself.
  • Now time your new morning ritual. Will it make you late for work? Don’t want to set your alarm that early? Trim and tweak until you get the timing just right. The ritual should decrease not add stress!
  • Since you have been steadily setting your alarm a bit earlier every morning, you should be ready to wake up with enough time – and look forward to that alarm going off.

For more morning ritual tips or other ways to discover a new you in 2017, please give our Wilmington dental office a call at (866) 855-4390. All About Smiles, Dr. Lewis, and Dr. Grace Liu are here to help you get the most out of your smile – and your life!

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Essential Information About Essential Oils

These days, people think of essential oils primarily for their scent – and we don’t dispute the health benefits of aromatherapy at all! But there is more to essential oils than meets the nose. In fact, if an oil is called a fragrance or fragrant oil, it is probably not an essential oil at all and will not have the healing power of a true essential oil.

Most people don’t realize it, but essential oils are not really oils at all. They do not contain fatty acids. Instead, they are distilled or highly concentrated plants. The essence of the plant. An example of how concentrated these oils are is how many roses it takes to make one pound Bulgarian rose oil. Go ahead and guess – ten? 20? No, it takes 4,000 pounds of roses to make one pound of rose essence! Even the common lavender essential oil takes 100 pounds of plants to make a pound of essential oil.

Because they are so concentrated, they must be used with care. Most essential oils should not be used in their undiluted form directly on the skin. They must also be kept out of the reach of children, and should never be used during the first trimester of pregnancy without the advice of a healthcare practitioner. They should also never be taken internally.

Here at All About Smiles, our Wilmington dentists love essential oils both in the office and as something for patients to use at home. They allow patients to take some of their health care into their own hands to strengthen their bodily systems, protect against illness, lift their moods, and soothe their spirits. In other words, essential oils can help our patients heal – mind body and spirit, a principle that is at the center of our holistic dental practice. Ask us about which brands of essential oils we recommend for purity and effectiveness. We can also help you choose the perfect essential oils for your particular needs and symptoms.

Here are a few “essential” essential oils to get you started:

Tea Tree Oil – Great for skin and hair, it is safe to apply topically. It does have a strong scent but is very effective against dandruff, fungus, and blemishes.

Calendula – Made from the petals of the Marigold flower, calendula oil has amazing healing properties. Very gentle on the skin, it can be used as a topical anti inflammatory, antibacterial, and general skin soother for bumps and bruises. Many of our patients use a few drops in their baths to soothe psoriasis.

Lavender – Lavender does much of its healing through its beautiful scent. A few drops in your bath or diluted with water and sprayed on your pillow can ease tension, soothe frazzled nerves, and help you get a good night’s sleep. Lavender has even been shown to improve the success of dental implants by limiting the production of dangerous biofilms.

Peppermint – Feeling a little nauseated? Peppermint oil is a great anti nausea and digestive aid. It can also soothe coughs when applied to the chest, remove odors from shoes, and even help deter spiders! Plus it freshens our breath and can be added to coconut oil for oil pulling.

Clove – Clove essential oil is an obvious choice for a dental office to suggest because it can be used to promote good oral health. Run a little on your gums for temporary toothache relief and to help prevent gingivitis.

To learn more about the healing properties of essential oils, visit your wellness team at All About Smiles. We are here for more than just your teeth!

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Want to Smile More? Take Your Vitamins!

Healthy Living Tips from All About Smiles

The modern diet is sorely lacking in many of our most essential nutrients and our stressful and busy-but-sedentary lifestyles don’t help us feel great either. Add in all the toxic substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis along with a lack of proper sleep, and you have a recipe for health disaster. Even if you think you feel ok right now, the consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle will eventually catch up with you.

Here at All About Smiles, we want to help. We offer nutritional counseling and can help you choose the supplements that are most important for your particular health needs and lifestyle. We have also partnered with a number of integrative medicine practitioners, including chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, physical therapists, physical trainers, massage therapists, sleep centers, and a health coach to help you easily and conveniently get on the path to ideal health.

But while you are learning to add more raw foods to your diet, how to create delicious smoothies and juices, and how to detox from toxins, we want to suggest four important vitamins and supplements you can easily add to your diet for an immediate improvement in your well-being – and to protect your teeth and gums!

Vitamin C – Sure vitamin C can boost your immune system, but it can also help your body produce more collagen, burn more fat, heal wounds, help block damage from free radicals, and even protect your heart. A lack of vitamin C will also show up in your oral health – this vitamin helps your body maintain and repair bones and teeth.

Vitamin D3 – It might be called a vitamin, but D3 is actually a hormone that we get primarily from the sun. Now that we understand how much we need to protect our skin from the sun, most Americans are dangerously deficient and never realize it. Vitamin D  helps our bodies fight infections such as colds and flus, it influences our immune systems, builds stronger bones, protects our hearts, reduces our risk for cancer, and improves muscle function, among many other benefits. It seems that Vitamin D3 can also help prevent cavities and gum infections.

Vitamin B12 – Stress is one of the primary factors in modern life, and chronic stress can really deplete us which can lead to feelings of lethargy, depression, low metabolism, and more. Introducing vitamin B12 through B12 shots, sublingual drops, or tablets can greatly improve your feelings of well-being. It lifts your mood and energy level, improves your memory, benefits your heart, helps with digestion and metabolic function, addresses adrenal fatigue, and supports the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system. It is also great for your hair and skin. Here at All About Smiles, our Wilmington dentists also recommend B12 for periodontal disease – the lower your levels of B12, the higher your risk for tooth loss and gum disease! In short, B12 is a powerhouse when it comes to looking and feeling good.

It is important to remember that not all vitamins and supplements are the same. Most of the vitamins you find in the drugstore are not bioavailable, which means your body can’t absorb and use them. Don’t throw your money away on useless supplements. Talk to your healthy-living team at All About Smiles to find out which vitamins and supplements we recommend.

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