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 […]

Smiles without Substance

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Originally posted 21 January 2011 It sometimes seems that a lot of people have come to believe that style is indeed substance, that what you see is what you get because what you see is all there is…that it is indeed, to quote Billy Crystal’s old Fernando Lamas routine, better to look good than to […]

How to Save Money on Dental Care

Posted on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Originally posted 11 February 2011 One of the most common complaints about dental care is the expense – costs that many people have to pay out of pocket for lack of insurance. But usually, as we’ve written before, dental work only gets really expensive when you avoid seeing your dentist until something goes wrong. Then, […]

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