Conventional Dentistry Actually Takes a Step Forward

Posted on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Focal infection theory holds that problems in one part of the body can and do affect health throughout the body. And for decades, the dental establishment has pooh-poohed it. Well… Just this past week, BDJ published a summary of a new paper that “revists” the concept of focal infection. Between 1947 and 1989, 82 papers […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Defeating the Purpose of a Dental “Bargain”

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Oh, the news that turns up when you have Google Alerts set up for “root canals”: As if smoking were the worst of it. Broadmeadows Magistrate Court heard Muhammad Velipasaoglu smoked, spoke on the phone, didn’t wear a face mask or gloves and had unwashed hands while performing nine consecutive root canals on a young […]


BPA in Dentistry: Safety & Risks

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Anymore, the terms “BPA” and “avoid” go hand in hand. Unfortunately, BPA and related compounds turn up in a lot of dental composite – the type of material used to make tooth-colored fillings and a major alternative to mercury amalgam. (Porcelain and other ceramics are other options.) A conscientious biological dentist will make every effort […]


More DIY Dentistry, Metal-Mouth Edition

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Once we saw this… …we really felt no need to watch the whole episode of Extreme Cheapskates. Sometimes, a teaser is enough. But it brought to mind another case of DIY dentistry we recently ran across in the British Dental Journal, though here it had nothing to do with being cheap. The individual was in […]


Stat!: Dental Mercury & Informed Consent

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Percent of Americans who don’t know that mercury is the main component of “silver” amalgam dental fillings: 57 Percent who are ever told by their dentists that “silver” fillings contain mostly mercury: 11 Percent of Americans who don’t think their dentists give them enough information on alternatives to amalgam to make informed decisions: 66 Source: […]


20 Extractions + Implants + Grafts = 1 Very Bad Idea

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

As we say, the best dentistry is the least dentistry. This – – is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much dentistry. Having a tooth pulled, a cavity filled, or even a dental cleaning can be nerve-wracking even to the most fearless and bravest of them all. A Connecticut grandmother, accompanied by her husband Michael, was ready to have […]


A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added […]



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