KTH Flashback: The Cost of Dental Work – and the Cost of Avoiding It

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013

Originally posted March 1, 2010 A few months ago, one of our dental team members was out shopping when a store manager, not knowing her occupation, asked if she had any good tips for dealing with a toothache. One of his employees had a broken root canal tooth and was in severe pain. Indeed, the […]


KTH Flashback: 4 Off-Beat Dental Videos

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Originally posted Sept. 10, 2008 Some odds and ends (with a slight emphasis on “odds”) that we’ve run across while searching for dental videos on YouTube… We start with the amazing singing, dancing tooth: “How to Properly Brush and Floss Your Teeth,” shown in old school animation styles: A 1939 educational film on dental hygiene, […]


How Kids See Dentists

Posted on Monday, April 29th, 2013

Dental fear and anxiety often begin when we’re very young. That’s one reason why most dentists recommend a first visit by a child’s first birthday or when the first tooth comes in. With an early introduction to the office environment and the process of dental visits, children can learn that it’s not an inherently scary […]


Mercury Amalgam Horror Show

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Seriously, this is NOT for the squeamish.)) The “monster cavity” is just the beginning. That filling in it? “Silver” only by color and name. Dental amalgam is actually about 50% mercury. And it’s being removed unsafely. Then there’s all the additional trauma that tooth will be subject to down the […]


3 Keys to Keeping Your Smile Healthy & Whole

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Healthful diet Excellent oral hygiene Conservative dental treatment of any problems that arise Tim Rainey, DDS: Basically, I knew that the way that we were preparing teeth back then was dead wrong; that you couldn’t go in and justify destroying massive amounts of tooth structure….We need to be much more conservative. Read Dr. Mercola’s comment […]


Brace Yourself…

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012

Your dentist recommends braces, so you get them. You make your ortho appointments every once in a while but not as often as you should. A year goes by. You still have braces. Another year. You still have braces. How long before you’d ask your dentist, “Hey, when do I get these off?” Meet the […]


First, Do No Harm…

Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012

From time to time, we invoke the phrase “first, do no harm,” commonly attributed to the Hippocratic Oath. But if you want to get strict about such things, this isn’t really accurate. In fact, nothing like the phrase occurs in the modern version, though the classical includes a promise to keep “the sick” from “harm […]


Fluoride & Mercury (Again)

Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012

Two news items this week on a couple of dental issues familiar to you regular readers: More Evidence of Neurodevelopmental Harm from Fluoride Last year, some important new research showed that prolonged exposure to fluoride can harm children’s developing brains and nervous systems. A new study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives – a journal 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 […]


Cashing In

Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012

So much more talk lately of “health care,” and so little of it about either health or care. Rather, the focus is money: Who pays how much? Who profits? And it underscores a profound tension: While health care providers – dentists included – dedicate themselves to their patients’ health needs, they’re also running businesses. There’s […]



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