Whoa There, Bleach Boys!

Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Last summer, we told you a bit about the trend of retail tooth whitening: tooth bleaching services offered in mall kiosks, salons…anywhere but a dental office. Such services have concerned dentists for a number of reasons. Some of these are likely financial, but others express concern for people’s safety and fear that employees may sometimes […]


What Your Mouth Has to Say About Your Health

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN I graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1965, having been taught according to the dominant mode of industrial, corporate dentistry. Since disease was viewed as just an abnormality in an otherwise functioning machine, dentists were trained to be glorified mouth mechanics. Tooth carpenters. Oral plumbers. […]


Raw Foodism, Dental Cavities, Shades of Graze

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2009

We regularly see new clients who eat a raw food diet to enhance their health. Yet when we examine their teeth, it is not uncommon to find a lot of decay. This often comes as a surprise to the client. Indeed, it seems counterintuitive when you consider that a raw food diet forgoes all processed […]


Stress and Your Smile

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2009

We don’t usually run media releases, but a recent one from the American Academy of Periodontology – a professional organization for dentists who specialize in treating the gums – struck us as both particularly timely and useful: Reducing stress can positively affect your oral health, and potentially your bottom line. CHICAGO — Faced with plummeting […]


A Few Tips for Helping Your Kids Have Good Dental Health

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The state of children’s teeth is, to put it mildly, not so good. According to data recently distributed by the American Dental Hygientists’ Association (ADHA), 41% of children under 11 years old have primary tooth decay, and from there, the rate of caries (cavities) only increases. Amongst older teens, 68% have at least one decayed […]


The Call for Preventive Medicine

Posted on Friday, January 16th, 2009

In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is that if we can help […]


Fluoride…Again

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009

From a recent editorial in The Lancet (login bypass available via BugMeNot): Oral health is a neglected area of global health and has traditionally registered low on the radar of national policy makers. The reasons for this situation are complex and varied. In many countries oral health is not included in national health surveys. And, […]


Chocolate That’s OK for Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008

jcolman/Flickr Eat a lot of sugar, increase your risk of cavities. We all know this. But why is it so? As we wrote earlier, Refined carbohydrates like sugar have a much greater tendency to stick to the tooth enamel than fats and proteins. Oral microbes love this and set about feasting on the sugars. They […]


Why You Need to Keep Your Dentist Informed about Your Meds Use and Health History

Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2008

When clients come into our office, we always ask them to let us know about all medications (homeopathic, herbal or allopathic) and supplements they have been taking. We also ask about any changes in general health. Frankly, some find this a bother and ask why it even matters. Any change in your health or medical […]



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