More Dental Oddities

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

Several new concepts to add to our ever-growing list of weird dental products: Bluetooth in Your Tooth? Our last post on weird dental products featured a Bluetooth mike that can be implanted in a tooth – presumably for people who like to talk on the phone a lot. Now an article in the latest issue […]

The Great Mercury Amalgam “Controversy”

Posted on Monday, July 6th, 2009

billhd/Flickr   Speaking of stats, the latest Wealthy Dentist poll shows that 53% of dentists shun mercury amalgam fillings, while 47% still place them. This isn’t really news, though, as the numbers have changed little since the site’s last survey. It’s the dentist explanations for their decisions that we’d like to draw your attention to. […]

The Crawford Mouth

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009

How did screen legend Joan Crawford’s mouth ever go from looking like this     to this?   A bad dental procedure and infected gums:   After altering the shape of her face by having her back teeth removed to give her cheekbones, she had her front teeth, which were spaced and filled with dental […]

How Mercury Amalgam Fillings Are Done

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

In talking about the problem of mercury amalgam fillings, we usually focus on what happens after the restoration is done. But it’s important to recognize that exposure begins as soon as the dentist sets to work on placing, packing and shaping the metal. The videos below give a model demonstration of how amalgam fillings are […]

The Last Days of Mercury Fillings?

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009

“Are Amalgam’s Days Numbered?” asks a recent opinion piece…er, article on While the Bush administration long opposed any legally binding measures on mercury, the Obama administration is taking a very different tack. A global crackdown on its use – particularly in industrial applications – was unanimously agreed upon at the United Nations Environment Programme’s […]

Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Posted on Monday, May 4th, 2009

Say you visit a doctor for a routine check-up. You have no complaints: no pain, no problems. But the doctor says, “You know, I think we’d better remove your appendix.” “Why?” you ask. “It might get inflamed or infected someday, at which point we’d have to do an appendectomy anyway. Besides, you don’t really need […]

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

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 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 JADA, the organization’s own publication […]

Happy Root Canal Awareness Week! (Who knew?)

Posted on Friday, April 3rd, 2009

kmroddy/Flickr   Obviously, we didn’t, as the week is almost over…and so, too, the stream of soothing articles and media releases on the miracle of modern endodontics. All have come courtesy of the American Association of Endodontics, sponsor of the, um, event. According to the blurb at the end of their media release, Root Canal […]

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