Not All Supplements and Herbal Remedies Are Created Equal

  • By MedicalArtsDentalAdmin
  • 22 Oct, 2015
Supplements and Herbal Remedies: They Are Not All Created Equal Make sure to tell your dentist what supplements and herbal remedies you are taking. Products can adversely affect your treatment or pose health risks. There are many dietary and herbal supplements available over-the-counter. Many companies manufacture quality products. Unfortunately, there is not good quality and […] The post Not All Supplements and Herbal Remedies Are Created Equal appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.

Supplements and Herbal Remedies: They Are Not All Created Equal

Make sure to tell your dentist what supplements and herbal remedies you are taking.

Products can adversely affect your treatment or pose health risks.

There are many dietary and herbal supplements available over-the-counter. Many companies manufacture quality products. Unfortunately, there is not good quality and safety oversight, nor regulation of this industry. The FDA does not test nor endorse these non-prescription products. This situation means that some products may contain unsafe levels of lead, not contain the dosage indicated on the packaging, or make false claims about effectiveness. The following two websites are good resources to use when selecting a supplement and were recommended to our office by a practicing clinical pharmacist at the University of Iowa .
  • Consumerlab.com : There is a small fee for access to this site ($39/year). Information includes: quality ratings and product comparisons, tips on using supplements, price checks, an Encyclopedia of Natural Products, and a database of new and archived recalls.
  • Supplement-geek.com :A website that tests supplements and reviews how effective they are. It also analyzes the ingredients in different supplements.
Make sure to tell your medical doctor and dentist what supplements and herbs you are taking. These over-the-counter products can affect your treatment. For example, some herbs such as Ginseng, Garlic, St. John’s Wort, and Kava Kava can increase your bleeding risk during surgeries like tooth extractions. Some supplements also interact with prescription medications. Some herbs can actually be toxic and cause life-threatening health issues such as liver damage. It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to herbs and supplements. Therefore, it is very important your healthcare providers know everything you are taking, even if it is an over-the-counter product.
 

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By Medical Arts Dental 13 Nov, 2017

Unusual sleeping patterns sometimes mean we skip brushing. From the endless sugar sweets to the red wines and rich eggnog, it is important to make an extra effort this season.


Follow these 4 tips to keep your teeth white and clean during the holidays!

By Ryan Mullaney 18 Oct, 2017

Being afraid of going to the dentist creates a vicious cycle: people who fear going to the dentist won’t go often enough, resulting in even worse oral health and a greater need for dental work. The thing is, this fear is very common: much more common than you may think.


As an article in  Deardoctor.com  reports:

By Ryan Mullaney 28 Jul, 2017
When you are standing over the sink brushing your pearly whites, do you ever wonder if you are doing it right? The advice for brushing the best way seems to change regularly and it can be hard to keep up. These four brushing tips will guide you towards a thorough cleaning and better brushing than […] The post 4 Brushing Tips You Will Want To Adopt Today appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 15 Jun, 2017
Oral cancer is a disease that many people don’t understand. Lifestyle factors, certain foods, and oral care neglect are contributing factors of oral cancer. Thankfully, educating yourself about these issues can help prevent this disease. Protect the oral health of your loved ones by learning more about a disease that affects thousands of people every […] The post Preventing and Knowing the Symptoms of Oral Cancer appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 17 May, 2017
You might be spending your weekends spring cleaning your home, but don’t forget to care for your body, too! At Medical Arts Dental, we are scheduling tons of spring check-ups to help our patients spring clean their mouth. Your teeth and gums need extra attention once a year, too! Do A Three-Step Clean Every Day […] The post Tips To Spring Clean Your Mouth appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 25 Apr, 2017
Oral hygiene is about more than maintaining pearly white teeth and preventing cavities. The state of your oral hygiene contributes to your overall health. When we fail to take care of our teeth and gums, we are putting our bodies at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. Periodontal disease is one […] The post How Gum Disease Affects Your Long-Term Health appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 22 Mar, 2017
Red wine, coffee, tea—some of our most beloved drinks are notorious for staining our teeth. So how can we combat these stain-causing drinks? Try these 8 foods already in your house for a naturally whiter smile.   1)     Apples and Strawberries With high levels of malic acid, these juicy fruits increase saliva production, which is […] The post The Best Foods for a Whiter Smile appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 20 Feb, 2017
When you visit the dentist every six months, you’re always getting reminders on how to avoid cavities, plaque, and gum disease. Try not to take it too personally. Your dentist gives you these reminders because he or she wants the best for your oral health.   The Dentists at Medical Arts Dental are no different. […] The post How to Maintain Your Healthy Smile appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 18 Jan, 2017
The last place we cover on our bodies to protect us from the cold is usually our mouths—yet the lips are delicate and the teeth can be prone to sensitivity. Avoid teeth pain and chapped lips with these tips: 1)     Keep your lips hydrated with quality lip balm If you’re feeling any discomfort or dryness […] The post Protecting Your Teeth and Mouth from the Cold appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
By Ryan Mullaney 13 Dec, 2016
The Medical Arts Dental team is looking for donations of winter outwear for the 2nd Annual “Warm and Cozy Coat Drive” this year. This can come in the form of new or gently-used winter outerwear including coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, snow pants and boots for both adults and children. Donations will go towards local elementary […] The post The Medical Arts Dental 2nd Annual Warm and Cozy Collection Drive appeared first on Medical Arts Dental.
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