To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Anchorage in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Health Centered Dentistry.

The Big Five Sugar Substitutes

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Holistic Dentistry – A Whole Body Approach to Oral Health

True or false: the human body is made of many unique parts that work together and affect each other.

True.

True or false: dentists only treat oral health and do not consider other parts of the body.

False.

It is well documented in the scientific and healthcare communities that oral health is closely linked to wellness throughout the body. Certainly, a diet high in sugar will ruin both your teeth and your nutrition. Some illnesses lower your immune system and increase your risk of infection in the mouth. And plaque in the mouth can be an indicator of plaque on your arteries. Harmful bacteria in high levels in the mouth can travel through your blood stream and negatively affect the health of the rest of your body. And a good look at your teeth placement could ease regular jaw pain and headaches! Read more ›

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Sleep Apnea in Children

You may think being exhausted simply comes with the territory of being a parent (and it does), but there may also be a serious medical condition causing your child to wake up often throughout the night – sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is most commonly found in adults, but can also, in rare cases affect children. Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen, dentists at Health Centered Dentistry in Anchorage care about treating your little ones. Read below to learn more about how dentists can diagnose and treat sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea & Its Effects

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Meet Diane Murray, RDH!

Diane Murray

Introducing Diane Murray, RDH

Diane Murray, RDH, has been with Health Centered Dentistry for more than 20 years and is a vast library of knowledge for holistic treatment. Her knowledge of oral hygiene and holistic dental practices has been a great resource for not only our patients, but our team members, too! Diane is incredibly smart with a great ability to share her knowledge and experience for the betterment of others. She is full of compassion for her patients and has been known to stay late or come in early to make it work for their schedule. The patients’ needs always come first for Diane and her patients know they are loved. She shares the same compassion and concern for her team members. If they ever need a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear, they know Diane will be there for them.

Reviews from Patients

Diane is a private person and prefers a one-on-one conversation to a social media post. With that in mind, we’ve decided to share some of the great reviews we’ve received from her patients as a testament of her passion and love for her patients, their whole body health, and her team.

PaulThey always do such a great job and on they seem to always be running on time. I look forward to getting my teeth cleaned. Diane is the best!

JoanToday was my twice-yearly cleaning with, Diane, the greatest Dental Hygienist in the world! Have been going to Health Centered Dentistry for about 6 or 7 years and love them. I made visits to two other dentists in town before I found Health Centered Dentistry. They are very professional and up on all the latest in dental work and I would never go anywhere else now.

DarleneI’ve been coming to Diane for years and just love her. She is always professional and friendly.

KimberlyDiane and Dr. Henrie offer such great care and advice.

Roger…Diane is impressive as well. She follows the latest technology and applies it well to every facet of patient care. If it’s ‘out there’ she’s read about it explains it well, and incorporates anything that makes patient care more effective.

JolynnDiane does a fabulous job every time!!

DonnaWas the best and I’m so happy I found this dentistry. Wish I was a patient for the last 30 years. But I’m blessed I found you. Loved Diane teeth cleaning apt. She is so good at her job. I’d follow her were ever she went to clean my teeth.

TishDiane Murray is awesome. She is professional, kind and very knowledgeable and helpful. I have already recommended her to several friends.

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Meet Lori Jones, RDH!

Introducing Lori Jones, RDH

Lori Jones, RDH, is the heart of Health Centered Dentistry. With more than 25 years invested in HCD and its patients, she goes the extra mile to make sure her patients receive the best care. She is a true friend to all she meets. Lori’s main priority is to make sure her patients and her team knows how much she cares about them as a person. We are very blessed to have her on the team.

“Work family for 25 years – just missing Debberdooo!”

We asked Lori a few questions to get to know her better.

“Corkey and Nichole’s Wedding”

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Cultivating wonderful relationships with my patients which turn into lifelong friendships.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: Completing a task knowing that I’ve done my very best. I like to play hard too!

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: My amazing children Corkey and Cami.

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My husband Jeff, he’s my protector, lover, best friend, soulmate.

“My Hero” at Arctic Man

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Family time doing snowmachining, skiing, playing hockey, playing in the H2O at Big Lake, boating in PWS, hunting & fishing.

Q: What do you do to stay healthy?
A: Anything physical, skate ski & workout at the gym.

Q: What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition?
A: Christmas Eve when our the family and friends gather together at our home.

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: My go to book that has answers life’s toughest problems is the Bible.

Prince William Sound

 

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Lunch!

Q: What song would you say best sums you up?
A: Soul on Fire by Third Day & Amazing Grace, I tear up every time I hear it.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

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Meet Jillian Jaramillo, RDH!

Jillian Jaramillo

Introducing Jillian Jaramillo, RDH

Jillian Jaramillo, RDH has been with Health Centered Dentistry as a hygienist since 2014. She has an enormous heart which she willingly shares with everyone she meets. Jillian always strives for perfection with her patients’ treatment which has lead to a loyal following. As the head of HCD’s social committee, she is a great morale booster and has planned some amazing events for our team! We’re so grateful to have her on our team and so blessed to know her!

We asked Jillian a few questions to get to know her better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Connecting with my patients and helping them accomplish not just good dental health but overall health.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: My family and the desire to make a difference with my patients one visit at a time.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Becoming a momma to my son. The most rewarding feeling ever.

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My Lola (Grandma) Anita.  She taught me independence and the true treasure of life…Family.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Dates with my hubby, Watching Movies, reinventing Filipino or Mexican food to healthy versions, Family Trips, Traveling to see friends & family, Volunteering at my son’s school.

Q: What do you do to stay healthy?
A: Run, Dance, and eat less rice

Q: What’s your favorite family/holiday tradition?
A: Yearly Christmas Ornament Picking

Q: What is your favorite book to read?
A: Harry Potter Series

Q: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: Pinakbet (Made from mixed vegetables steamed in fish or shrimp sauce) with White Rice

Q: What song would you say best sums you up?
A: 😊 Happy By Pharrell Williams 

Q: What is your favorite joke?
A: I don’t really have a “favorite”. I love too many of them. I will pick this one because I used it most often. “A mushroom goes into a bar to sit down and order a drink. The bartender walks over and says, ”I’m sorry sir, but we don’t serve your kind here.” The mushroom sits back and asks ,”Why not? I’m a fun guy (fungi)!”

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Teaching Your Kids to Brush and Floss

As a parent, you will have numerous opportunities to teach your children valuable skills and each one will yield priceless memories. Your child’s first step, your child’s first word, your child’s first bike ride, your child’s first unassisted brushing and flossing session…Well, maybe that last one won’t be as memorable, but Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen wants to remind all Anchorage parents that good oral hygiene  habits begin in childhood. So, today, we at Health Centered Dentistry would like to take this opportunity give you some tips on teaching your kids to brush and floss.

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Meet Kathleen Sopp, RDH

Kathleen Sopp

Introducing Kathleen, Sopp, RDH!

Kathleen Sopp, RDH, has been such a delight to work with ever since she started as a hygienist with Health Centered Dentistry in 2013! She has proven herself a leader amongst her peers through her drive to positively improve – not only herself but her surroundings, too. She is a problem solver and a friend to all those she meets. We are blessed to have her on our team!

We asked Kathleen a few questions to learn more about her and her family.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: My favorite thing about my career is the people. As a dental hygienist, I not only get to help people achieve and maintain healthier smiles and bodies, but I really get to know so many of my patients as friends. I love being able to support them not only in health but also being able to be a part of their dreams, achievements and life trials.

Q: What motivates you to work hard?
A: I work hard because I always want to do my best for my patients, my team and myself. I love working for Health Centered Dentistry because the standard is so high. I am always supported in my efforts to be able to provide the best care and latest knowledge.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?

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Meet Adrian Mattes, RDH!

Introducing Adrian Mattes, RDH

Adrian Mattes, RDH has been with Health Centered Dentistry as a hygienist since 2014 and has been a valued team member ever since. She is eager to help her patients and her team members achieve their best. She has a passion for life that inspires and motivates others to go for their dreams. We’re so lucky to have her at HCD.

We asked Adrian a few questions to get to know her better.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your career?
A: Getting to know my patients, and helping them achieve their dental health goals.

YogaQ: What motivates you to work hard?
A: My desire to grow and constantly improve.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: Gaining my personal independence and inner peace. 

Q: Who is your hero?
A: My mom who taught me forgiveness and generosity. 

Q: What are your hobbies?

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Anchorage, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Health Centered Dentistry we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Anchorage, so here are a few tips from Dr. Henrie, Dr. Marchant, Dr. Bragiel & Dr. Madsen about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Chapped or Cracked Lips?

If you have dry lips that are chapped, peeling, and/or cracked, you probably already know about it. However, here are some telltale signs: Read more ›

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