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 […]

Eat Sugar & White Flour!

Posted on Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Originally published in Biosis (Issue #7) For Halloween 1973, I had a bumper sticker made to hand out to trick-or-treaters. It said, “Eat Sugar and White Flour – Support Your Local Dentist and Physician.” With it, we gave the kids a choice of treats: a pencil, a toothbrush or […]

What Did You Expect? (Sugarific Edition)

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Hold onto your hats and glasses, folks! A study just published in the Journal of Dentistry finds that… Wait for it… Wait for it… Wait for it… Sugary drinks cause cavities in adults. And the more you drink, the higher your risk. Following nearly 1000 subjects for four years, the researchers found that those who […]

Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing […]

Sugar-Sweetened “Logic”

Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Let’s play a little game of Follow the Logic: Sugar in food and drink is a drag on dental health. There’s no evidence that the sugar in medicine causes cavities. People eat a lot of sugar. There’s no point in making sugar-free medicine. That is indeed the “argument” – such as it is – of […]

“Treating Cavities with Medicine”

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

You wouldn’t know from the opinion piece under that headline. Having been trained as a microbiologist prior to going to dental school, I tend to look for the classic signs of disease progression, such as those found in Koch’s postulates. I was well aware that caries is an infectious transmissible disease, but I could not […]

If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and…

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012

Originally posted 17 April 2009 The American Dental Association has a bit of a track record of supporting dental procedures – the use of mercury fillings, fluoride, sealants – that have been shown to be potentially hazardous and, at best, only minimally effective. What’s especially stunning is when studies highlighting this fact show up in […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets […]

Can Oil “Cure” a Cavity?

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

NOTE: Read the follow-up/update of this post That appears to be the claim of a post we recently saw over at The Healthy Home Economist, which describes healing a child’s “cavity” with butter oil capsules and a switch from tahini to raw butter at breakfast. While it’s true that decay can be arrested with good […]

Biosis #36: Oxidative Stress, Diet & Decay, & More

Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The February 2012 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Listening & Imagination I loved listening to my mother read. When I was very young, she would always read me the Sunday funnies after church. I think Mother had a bit of the dramatic in her, as […]

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