Welcome Spring!
November 20, 2018

Welcome !

We are excited to share with you our latest newsletter created as another avenue towards our commitment to whole body health and the opportunity to offer valuable information to our patients, families, and friends. In this issue, we focus on TMJ, exciting upcoming events at our office, laser technology available, office news and a yummy recipe to start off Spring.

We'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions about our newsletters, services, or center, please contact us.


Dr. Steve Swidler, Founder, Medicine Wheel Dental & Wellness Center

Our Approach

Taking a positive step towards a healthy body begins with the mouth.

We take a holistic approach to health by viewing the mouth as the door to full body wellness, just as some consider the eyes to be the window to the soul.

Our approach recognizes that dentistry is a major key to optimal health and wellness. Holistic dentistry appreciates that good health as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts and we seek to address each patient’s health accordingly as individuals. The following are just some of the areas we have found to be extremely important for our amazing cliental.


Ideal health is directly related to our oral condition. Beginning with a beautiful smile is an important start in taking action towards whole body wellness.

We offer you and your family a complete dental and wellness center catered to your needs, we listen with compassionate hearts and our entire team is dedicated to your health and wellbeing.


Local Product of the Month

We have an exciting new program here at MWD. We are sponsoring a Local Product of the Month, supporting our local, like minded businesses, by offering their products in our office for purchase and samples (if applicable). We are pleased to announce our first Local Product of Month is by Kaelen Harwell, and offers a full line of Organic Skincare Products.

For More information please click on the following links:



What is Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder?


In this three part series written by Dr. Swidler, and published in Natural Awakenings Magazine, he fully discusses TMJ, the effects and treatment. 

The temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint, where the jaw attaches to the skull just in front of the ear. The “socket” for this joint is on the underside of another cranial bone called the temporal bone. These are two of the 29 cranial bones that, as we have learned from the field of cranial osteopathy, move throughout life. The jaw, or mandible, makes big movements as we talk, chew and swallow and supports our lower teeth in a lower dental arch. Its motion is determined by hinging at the TMJ as well as its suspension system of seven major muscle groups, ligaments and tendons and connective tissue (fascia).

The TM joint resembles a ball and socket with the head of the jaw bone (mandible), or condyle as the “ball” in this analogy, fitting into the “socket” or concavity in the temporal bone known as the glenoid fossa. There is also a cartilage disk that separates the two bones and acts as a gliding surface as well as a cushion or shock absorber.

When the jaw is in the correct position, and the upper and lower teeth meet in a way to support that ideal joint relationship, the muscles and ligaments work in harmony to create a balanced, ideal, pain-free function. There are differing opinions on what constitutes a correct position, and how to restore it. A healthy jaw joint allows a person to open wide and function without any discomfort or noise (clicking, popping, grinding sounds). Opening wide, one should be able to fit the knuckles of the middle three fingers side-by-side between the upper and lower edges of the front teeth. Less than that may suggest jaw tightness or limitation.

TMJ symptoms may include: headaches; jaw aches; stiffness; earaches; congestion; ringing in the ears; clicking, popping or grating sounds when opening and closing the mouth; limited jaw opening or locking in an open or closed position; dizziness or loss of balance; tired jaws when chewing; difficulty in swallowing; and more.

This is Article #1 in a three part series, please click on the links below for more information and to continue reading the further articles concerning this very important health topic. 

Article #2: Bite off? Jaw off? Hips off?

Article #3: Effectively Treating TMJ

Upcoming Events

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Announcing Laser Therapy

Holistic oral care is focused on the highest standard of patient care with an emphasis on total body wellness. For this reason, Medicine Wh.eel Dental and Wellness Center has incorporated a laser for soft tissue treatment and management of the following:Tooth sensitivities, Benign Tumors, Cold Sores, Gummy Smiles, Depigmentation of Gum Disease and Bacteria reduction during cleanings.



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Yummy Spaghetti Squash

Roasted spaghetti squash makes the best pasta alternative! Try it with our super green kale and broccoli pesto - packed with extra greens to give your body a nice big boost of nutrients! 


  • 1 medium-sized spaghetti squash, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Oil for cooking 
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced

Super Green Kale and Broccoli Pesto

  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 4-5 kale leaves 
  • ½ head of broccoli 
  • 100 g walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). 
  2. Place spaghetti squash on a lined baking tray and drizzle a little oil over the halves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place face up on lined baking tray and roast in the oven until tender. About 25-45 minutes depending on the size of your squash. You can test it to see if it's ready by scraping the flesh with a fork (it should turn to spaghetti-like strands) 
  4. While squash roasts, prepare the pesto by combining all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Add more oil if necessary. 
  5. Once squash is roasted, remove from oven and using a fork, scrape out seeds then continue to scrape the flesh to create “noodles”. Save the "noodles" in a large bowl. 
  6. In this large bowl, combine the squash "noodles" with the kale and broccoli pesto, top with extra walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes.


For more delicious recipes check out http://www.foodmatters.com/ 

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