BPA in Dentistry: Safety & Risks

Posted on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Anymore, the terms “BPA” and “avoid” go hand in hand. Unfortunately, BPA and related compounds turn up in a lot of dental composite – the type of material used to make tooth-colored fillings and a major alternative to mercury amalgam. (Porcelain and other ceramics are other options.) A conscientious biological dentist will make every effort […]

More DIY Dentistry, Metal-Mouth Edition

Posted on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Once we saw this… …we really felt no need to watch the whole episode of Extreme Cheapskates. Sometimes, a teaser is enough. But it brought to mind another case of DIY dentistry we recently ran across in the British Dental Journal, though here it had nothing to do with being cheap. The individual was in […]

Stat!: Dental Mercury & Informed Consent

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Percent of Americans who don’t know that mercury is the main component of “silver” amalgam dental fillings: 57 Percent who are ever told by their dentists that “silver” fillings contain mostly mercury: 11 Percent of Americans who don’t think their dentists give them enough information on alternatives to amalgam to make informed decisions: 66 Source: […]

20 Extractions + Implants + Grafts = 1 Very Bad Idea

Posted on Monday, June 2nd, 2014

As we say, the best dentistry is the least dentistry. This – – is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much dentistry. Having a tooth pulled, a cavity filled, or even a dental cleaning can be nerve-wracking even to the most fearless and bravest of them all. A Connecticut grandmother, accompanied by her husband Michael, was ready to have […]

A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added […]

“…the Implant Actually Becomes a Part of Your Body…”

Posted on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

From a media release we received last week: Titanium implants are a wonderful option because they actually fuse with the jawbone. During the healing process, the titanium surface of the implant fuses onto the bone in a process known as osseointegration. In other words, the implant actually becomes part of your body… An article we […]

DIY Drill & Fill Fun

Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013

What’s really funny – and kind of sad – is that in a world where you can buy DIY dental kits on sites like Amazon and ebay, it’s all too easy to believe this is real: Actually, it’s some really clever marketing for a Dutch insurance company. According to psfk, Many people in Netherlands are […]

Stat!: Second Opinions

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013

Percent of Americans who’d seek a second opinion for a major home repair: 70 Percent who’d do so for a major car repair: >50 Percent who’d do so for dental work: 6 Is this really so surprising? After all, second opinions are largely about securing the best work at the best price. Most of us […]

Traumatized Teeth

Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Something you might see every day: babies and toddlers exploring their world by putting stuff in their mouths. Something you don’t see every day: Yes, it was stuck there, lodged firmly between the three year old’s lower front teeth – so firmly that his mother rushed him to emergency care to have it removed. She […]

KTH Flashback: From “Patient” to “Consumer”

Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Originally posted April 8, 2011 One of the most interesting changes in how Americans think about healthcare has been the transformation of “patients” into “consumers.” As a result, more people are also becoming self-advocates. Thanks to the Internet, we have more access than ever to information on health problems and treatments, physicians, and current medical […]

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