A Tale of Two Surveys, or Dentistry’s Role in Healthcare

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Once upon a time – earlier this year, to be exact – a Pew survey suggested that for all the problems with American healthcare these days, people just lurve their physicians. According to the survey, almost 90% of those who saw a doctor in the past year felt their provider “really cared about their health […]

Stat!: “The Culture That We’re Steeped In”

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Percent of Americans who regularly take prescription drugs: 55 Average number of drugs each takes: 4 Fraction of age 55+ adults who take more than 5 drugs: 1/3 Percent of age 55+ adults taking more than 10: 9 Number of Americans who went to the ER for adverse drug effects: 1.3 million Number of those […]

It’s the Environment, Not the “Germ”

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Long ago and far away…well, back in the mid-19th century, scientists like Claude Bernard and Antoine Bechamp first challenged Pasteur’s “germ theory” of disease. But while Pasteur may have been declared winner of that battle, science continues to vindicate Bernard, Bechamp, and the many other scientists who followed their research path. For instance, consider the […]

Candida‘s Role in Tooth Decay

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

When people talk about “bad bugs” in the mouth – the ones that lead to tooth decay and gum disease – they’re usually talking about bacteria. And why not? There are tons of them, even in the cleanest mouth – billions, representing roughly 700 species. And just watch ’em proliferate! To speed up the video, […]

A Toothpaste Too Good to Be True?

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Maybe you saw the recent CBS This Morning segment on a new toothpaste “that claims to be more than twice as effective [as] traditional toothpaste.” Actually, the head of the company that makes it won’t call it toothpaste but a “dental gel.” Whatever. The Very Big Deal about it is that they claim it controls […]

Bad Ideas in Brand Extension: Oral Hygiene Edition

Posted on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

This was never real: But once upon a time – in 1982, to be exact – this was: Yes, Colgate – maker of toothpaste, mouthwash, and other oral hygiene products; a brand that absolutely dominates the global market; the first company to put toothpaste in tubes – thought it was a good idea to roll […]

The Latest To-Do Over Coconut Oil

Posted on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

According to USA Today and other mainstream outlets now, coconut oil is just terrible for you. So saith the American Heart Association. Except that they didn’t really. What they said was what they’ve been saying for decades: the same old bad advice about lowering your risk of heart disease by replacing saturated fats with mono- […]

“Holistic” and “Biological” Are NOT Interchangeable Terms

Posted on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Over the past decade or so, conventional dentistry has finally begun to appreciate the relationship between oral and systemic health. It’s a welcome change. Just the other day, we ran across an article on dentistry’s “paradigm shift.” The dental field is experiencing a paradigm shift in which the mouth is no longer viewed as an […]

Is It Stress That’s Making You Grind Your Teeth – or Something More?

Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

“Stress sheared off my front teeth,” Demi Moore recently told Jimmy Fallon. And she isn’t alone. For months, my jaw and teeth have been in a constant state of clenching and grinding. Now, a molar had broken in half, pushed over the edge by one bite of a salted caramel cookie and a steady diet […]

Removing Mercury Amalgam Fillings – an Important Step but Just One Step

Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Imagine you’re locked in a room where low levels of carbon monoxide are constantly being piped in. Eventually, you start to get a headache. You feel queasy, dizzy, weak. But before you get to feeling any worse, someone comes to let you out. A feeling of relief comes quick. So you might expect similar relief […]

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