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, […]


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

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012

Originally posted 17 April 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 […]


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 […]



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