Some Thoughts on Consumer Genetic Testing

Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Earlier this month, the FDA announced that 23andMe could go ahead and market its genetic testing for 10 health conditions. Naturally, the company’s CEO got right to celebrating in the media.” “My hope is that 23andMe, by being less and less regulated, will enable more people to open their eyes to science,” said Wojcicki on […]


New & Improved Root Canals? Yeah, Right

Posted on Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Even endodontists will tell you, if they’re being honest, that root canal disinfection isn’t always effective. They’ll tell you that about 25% of all root canals fail due to infection by pathogens left in the canal before it’s filled and sealed off. Actually, latent infection is far more common than that, but let’s give them […]


Dental Implants: Hype vs. Reality

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

You often hear implant dentists brag about implant success rates as high as 98% – despite the fact that such numbers just don’t jibe with reality. The reality is much more modest (and non-industry funded). And as we noted before, this is partly because implants are often placed into the diseased tissue. After all, tooth […]


Power vs. Manual Toothbrushes: The Debate Continues

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In the ongoing debate over which toothbrush is better for you, power or manual, we ultimately come down on the side of “whichever you use regularly and effectively.” For some, that’s a power brush. For others, it’s manual. Some switch between both. The main thing is brushing twice a day and, at minimum, flossing once. […]


What’s Healthy Eating? 10 Guidelines

Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, the faculty of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University recently sent out a list of tips for maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet. It’s good stuff, reminding that nutrition isn’t just about what you eat but how you eat; your attitudes about food; your approach to […]


A Long Look at Sugar

Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Although there’s a moment in this BBC documentary where they seem a little too generous toward artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, overall, it does take a good, broad, and interesting look at sugar and its impact on human health. And as for what happens when you quit the stuff? Read on…


If Ever There Were a Case for Minimally-Invasive Dentistry…

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A young woman needed a dental exam before starting a new job. She chose a dentist online. She went to her exam. She complained of no dental problems. None of her 32 teeth had ever been restored. Her x-rays showed no signs of decay. The bone supporting her teeth looked healthy. On clinical examination, visual […]


KTH Flashback: The Importance of Breastfeeding on Dental-Facial Development & Health

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Originally posted August 23, 2013 The benefits of breastfeeding go far beyond just the infant’s receiving food when hungry. For instance, consider the JAMA Pediatrics study which showed that children who are exclusively breastfed at 6 to 7 months may have a lower risk of overweight/ obesity. With adjustment for children’s factors (sex, television viewing […]


Dental Problems Aren’t Always Confined to the Mouth

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

When you’ve got a dental problem, it’s effects aren’t always confined to the tooth or even the mouth. Each of your teeth is connected with the rest of your body, energetically (via the meridan system) and physically (via your circulation). This is why root canal teeth, for instance, can become a major burden on overall […]


No, This GIF of a Root Canal Probably Won’t Terrify You, But…

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It’s a truly clickbaity headline:   And as with so much clickbait, the promised image doesn’t fail to disappoint a little: Root canal procedure Seriously? That’s it? We were expecting at least something more along the lines of… (Warning: if you’re squeamish, you may want to just skip the clip below. It’s as graphic as […]



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