Candy Is Dandy…for Preventing Cavities?

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008

First, there were the lollipops. Then there were the mints. Now come the gummy bears: dreyboblue/Flickr ScienceDaily — The tooth-protecting sugar substitute xylitol has been incorporated into gummy bears to produce a sweet snack that may prevent dental problems. Giving children four of the xylitol bears three times a day during school hours results in […]


Follow-Up: More Problems with Bisphosphonate Drugs

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

A good amount of good research has already shown that the bisphosphonate drugs claimed to prevent osteopenia and  treat osteoporosis can cause bone death in the jaw – a condition known as osteonecrosis. Despite this, as well as the fact that a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine this year found that Fosamax doubled […]


How Much Dentistry Is Too Much?

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008

Not long after posting our recent item on the use of lasers in treating TMD, we ran across info on another application of lasers in dentistry: A new technology that spots tooth decay almost as soon as it’s begun promises to reduce the need for drilling and filling. Drilling is one of the top dental […]


Disney and Dentistry

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008

MousePlanet is an online guide to Disney theme parks that also posts articles on other Disney-related topics, such as this recent offering that grabbed our attention – on Disney and dentistry: From April to October 1938, Disney storymen struggled to develop a never-made Disney short titled Mickey’s Toothache. Given laughing gas, poor Mickey Mouse enters […]


Quick Links: Diet and Exercise Edition

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008

89 Percent of Children’s Food Products Provide Poor Nutritional Quality, Study Finds (Science Daily) The Productive Diet (Washington Post) Regular Walking Nearly Halves Elderly Disability Risk (Science Daily) Active Lifestyle May Prevent Cancer: Japan Study (Reuters) Prolonged Sitting Turns Off Fat-Burning Enzyme (Natural News) Weight Watchers Vs. Fitness Centers (Science Daily)


4 Days Left to Submit Comments on Mercury to the FDA

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008

In May, the FDA reopened public comments on its Class II “with special controls” classification of precapsulated mercury amalgam. This means that “general controls alone are insufficient to assure safety and effectiveness, and existing methods are available to provide such assurances. In addition to complying with general controls, Class II devices are also subject to […]


Laser therapy and TMD

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008

More and more, lasers are being used in dentistry, sometimes in very innovative ways. For instance, one of the periodontists we refer to, Dr. Douglas Gilio in Visalia, uses a laser surgery protocol that can thoroughly sanitize periodontal pockets, which can help halt the progression of gum disease or guard against it. The laser also […]


Waxing Poetic on the TMJ

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008

From the current issue of JAMA (300(3):254). Yes. Really. TMJ Reflecting regrettably on My last words with you, I am reminded by The clicking in my jaw, How great pain can be Inflicted by such a small thing, How so much of happiness Can hinge on the motion Of mandible or tongue, How so much […]



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