At McMillen Dental, Dr. Rhonda Steigerwald and her staff understand the positive role antioxidants play in protecting your gums.  Inflammation caused in part by pollution, smoking, excessive sun and stress work against antioxidants thereby diminishing cell health.   You can protect yourself by increasing your level of antioxidants. To this end, proper diet, adequate exercise, healthy body weight, getting sufficient levels of sleep as well as supplementation all contribute to improved health. 

The Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is the world’s first measuring tool that gives you a Skin Carotenoid Score (SCS)—immediate evidence of carotenoid antioxidant activity in your body.  By placing the palm of your hand in front of the scanner’s safe, low-energy blue light, within seconds you will obtain a reading of the carotenoid antiox­idant levels in your skin—your Skin Carotenoid Scores (SCS)—which has been scientifically correlated to your total antioxidant status. The Scanner measures carotenoid levels in human tissue at the skin surface using optical signals. These signals identify the unique molecular structure of carotenoids, allowing their measurement without interference by other molecular substances providing the person being measured with their own SCS.  In less than one minute you can find out if your diet, lifestyle and supplements provide the antioxidant protection you need for improved health.

McMillen Dental is proud to have joined forces with Nuskin to help fight free radicals/ inflammation in our patients’ bodies.  At the beginning of your appointment you will be offered the opportunity to have your antioxidants measured by this quick, non-invasive test, performed by your hygienist.  Based on your score your Dentist will offer suggestions for improvement, helping you know how you can increase your score in the future, thereby protecting yourself better.

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The dangers of inflammation include: low energy, weight gain, high cholesterol, migraines, trouble sleeping, anxiety/ depression, poor vision, skin problems, digestive issues, cancer and allergies. 

Doctor Rhonda Steigerwald and her McMillen Dental Team are always looking for ways to help patients protect themselves from those forces that threaten their systemic health.  We would love the chance to explain to you more about the BioPhotonic Scanner Test to include helping you understand what your number means and what you can do to impact your score.