Reprogramming Your Brain

Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Over the years, evidence has built up, suggesting that positive mental states can indeed affect your health for the better. Consider, for instance, how one trio of studies showed ways in which hope can affect physical well-being. In study one, greater hope was associated with depth of commitment to a healthier diet and regular exercise. […]


Really, Fruit Is Okay

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

How about a little good news this week? According to recent data from the USDA, although we’re still consuming far too much sugar, Americans seem to be enjoying more whole fruit and drinking less juice. It’s a healthier option, to be sure. Fruit juice, after all, is essentially concentrated sugar. Between that and its acidity, […]


But Does Fluoride Stop Decay? Not So Much, Suggests New Study

Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Elsewhere on the fluoridation front, another new study questions the conventional wisdom on fluoride varnishes. The literature review and meta-analysis, published last month in Caries Research, looked at data from 20 earlier studies from 13 countries to see how effective such treatments are when it comes to preventing tooth decay in preschoolers. Fluoride varnish has […]


The Latest Study to Link Fluoride Exposure with Lower IQ

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Fluoride is an unqualified good for preventing tooth decay, suggest its defenders, and fluoridated water is the best means of delivering it to the most people, particularly those who lack access to regular dental care. We have zero doubt that such folks mean well, but they also seem to overlook a critical point: All drugs […]


Reason to Ditch the Soft Drinks #189

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

In news that should surprise exactly nobody, yet another large study has shown a relationship between soft drink consumption and death risk. Published earlier this month in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study analyzed data from more than 450,000 European adults whose health habits were followed for 11 years or more. Compared with those who drank […]


Brushing Your Teeth Matters, but It Isn’t Everything

Posted on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

So yes, of course, oral hygiene matters. But it’s not everything, as new research in the BDJ reminds. The study was just the latest to look at the oral health of elite athletes. It included Olympians and pros alike, representing 11 sports all together. But when it came to the state of their teeth, those […]


Another Toothbrush Option: Is It Worth It?

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

When it comes to cringe, it’s hard to beat a show like 90 Day Fiance, but this recent fleeting moment of Darcy’s oral hygiene was enough to make a dentist shudder: The whole point of a power toothbrush is that it does the scrubbing for you. You just need to hold the brush and move […]


Getting the Mercury Amalgam Out Is One Thing…

Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2019

When Dr. V began phasing out mercury amalgam from his dental practice back in the mid-1970s, it was kind of a radical thing. How times have changed! These days, about half of all dentists here in the US no longer use the stuff. The reasons are many: mercury’s neurotoxicity, improvements in composite quality, aesthetic concerns, […]


Stress Isn’t Going Anywhere. So What to Do About It?

Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

If you feel more stressed out than ever these days, you’re hardly alone. Take our country’s current political climate and recurring episodes of mass violence, top it off with the more typical stress-inducers of money and work, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for feeling totally maxed out. According to the American Psychological Association’s most […]


What the Top 10 Causes of Death Say About the Usual Ideas of Illness & Health

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Earlier this summer, the Department of Health and Human Services released their latest rankings of the top 10 causes of death here in the US. Unsurprisingly, heart disease and cancer once again appeared in the top two spots, accounting for 44.3% of all deaths in 2017. In fact, the whole list was pretty familiar, though […]



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