Fluoride as Distraction

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Some things don’t need a click-baity title to make you sit up and pay attention – such as an argument against fluoride from what appears to be an overall pro-fluoride position. We’ve seen it at least once before, but another recently came on our radar via the Sydney Morning Herald. As a treatment for tooth […]


Whatever Sugar Wants…

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015

When it comes to preventing tooth decay, conventional dentistry typically offers just a couple “solutions” beyond standard oral hygiene: sealants and fluoride. Of course, neither of these addresses the major cause of caries (cavities). As the editor of the British Dental Journal wrote there last summer, It is…intriguing how when one asks a patient what […]


Clickbait, Anyone?

Posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

No doubt this was in response to epidemic of kale damage that dentists have been seeing: Among them, allegedly, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, apples, beans, nuts and granola (which isn’t usually all that “healthy” anyway, but this potential sugar bomb sports an incredible health halo). Seriously, the tips that accompany the piece are fine. But they […]


Is Coffee Really That Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The coffee that’s supposed to be so horrible for your teeth and gums? It may not be quite that horrible at all. Oh, sure, it can stain the heck out of ’em. And if you like to drink it loaded with sugar, milk, flavored syrup, whipped cream and all that, your teeth will be the […]


With Teeth Grinding, Stress May Be Just Part of the Story

Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Through recent years, headlines like this one seem to have become routine: But while stress is indeed the leading cause of bruxing – habitual clenching and grinding, often during sleep – it’s far from the only factor involved, as a new paper in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation reminds. Reviewing the biomedical literature, the team […]


Just Because It Looks Healthy…

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here’s a classroom activity we ran across recently for teaching kids the difference between tooth-friendly and not-so-tooth-friendly foods. See a problem anywhere? It’s not so much exaggeration to say that Wheat Thins aren’t a whole lot better than those cookies on the left – even before you look at the ingredients. Refined grain products like […]


Why Pick a Poison?

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A new study offers a new theory as to how fluoride really works: The findings revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of the decay-causing bacteria to stick. That would indicate that fluoride contributes to making it easier for teeth to be washed of decay-causing bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity. The research was published […]


REALLY Needing a Dentist

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

No kind of pain is pleasant, but tooth pain can be a special kind of hurt. To wit: A Swedish convict was so desperate to get rid of his toothache that he escaped from prison to visit a dentist. * * * “My whole face was swollen. I just couldn’t stand it anymore,” the man […]


Stat!: Are Your Teeth Holding You Back?

Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013

Percentage of “senior decision-makers” in small or medium businesses who say “poor dental health or hygiene would have a negative effect on their decision to do business with someone”: 48 Percent who say it would “affect their decision to promote an employee – regardless of their ability”: 44 The key lesson is to spend as […]


A Fluoridation Fight Closer to Home

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Last month, Portlanders again rejected fluoridation – for the fourth time since 1956. Whether for health concerns, environmental concerns, ethical principles or some other reason, voters have made their views plain. Surely, the city has more important things to do than keep trying to push for mass medication. Meantime, two cities much closer to home […]



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