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 […]


“We’re Sitting on a Time Bomb”

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about dental implants, not the least of which is that implants are often placed in diseased tissue. After all, most extractions happen due to severe gum disease or deep decay. That doesn’t just go away with a tooth once it’s taken out. One result is what’s come […]


The Future of Self-Repairing Teeth?

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Another year, another spate of stories about saying goodbye to the dental drill and hello to “self-repairing” teeth. Unlike most, though, this latest possibility – still in the expermental stages – actually sounds very practical and very promising. Research just published in Scientific Reports shows that an Alzheimer’s drug called Tideglusib stimulated dentin growth in […]



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