Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Originally posted 4 May 2009Related 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. […]


One Way to Wreck Your Teeth & Gums

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012

Yet more research continues to be done on the dental effects of oral piercings. (Someday, maybe we’ll see some research on their energetic implications, as well.*) The latest comes courtesy of the Australian Dental Journal: a survey of dental and periodontal conditions near the sites of 110 lip and 51 tongue piercings sported by 110 […]


Implants, Implants Everywhere!

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012

You probably heard the story (since determined to be a hoax) of the Polish dentist who got revenge on her ex-boyfriend by pulling out all his teeth. According to The Telegraph‘s version of events, the now toothless man says he’s “going to have to pay a fortune on getting indents or something.” Of course, “indents” […]


Monday Morning Funny: Toothache Kitteh

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

“Ridiculous photos of cats” are nothing new: Maybe he’s wishing for some of this instead? Of course, there are side effects: More about patent medicines (PDF) Last image by zenera, via Flickr


It’s Cheaper Than Replacing Teeth

Posted on Friday, March 30th, 2012

Let’s face it: Periodontal treatment is expensive. And considering how many people suffer from some degree of gum disease – up to 75% of the US adult population – it’s an expense that lots of us may face at some point. Unfortunately, there are those who balk at the cost and decide to take their […]


30 Health & Wellness Articles Worth Your Time

Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2012

Want to damage your teeth? Here’s how! On the other hand, opening beer bottles with his teeth was not the cause of George Washington’s famous dental woes. (His dentures weren’t made out of wood either.) More about the bad old days of dentistry. Yes, teeth are made for tearing and chewing food. But what to […]


Veneers Instead of Braces? Seems the Push Is On

Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot more tweets like this one: Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They may be done for practical reasons – to restore a chipped or discolored tooth, say – but their main purpose is to improve appearance. Braces and other orthodontic treatments improve appearance, too, but that’s not their main purpose. […]


A Different Kind of a (Dental Kind of) “Clip Joint”

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Here’s a minor but attention-grabbing dental horror story: “A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.” Um. Okay. Technically, though, posts aren’t used in root canals. But “Mass. dentist admits doing paper clip post and core restorations following root canal […]


The Evolution of FDA’s Mercury Amalgam Classification

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Ever wonder how mercury amalgam came to be classified as as it is by the FDA? Former FDA Advisor Mike Flemming, DDS (dental products panel 2006 & 2010) explains: More on mercury policy and politics: “An Uncertain Risk and an Uncertain Future: Assessing the Legal Implications of Mercury Amalgam Fillings.”



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