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.”

Monday Morning Funny: Pawsing to Brush

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012

Recently, one of our clients was telling us how much she enjoyed our newsletter and blog. A cat-lover, she then tucked her next appointment card into her wallet and said with a wink, “But you know, it could use more cats.” Well, we knew we just had to address this cat lack immediately! After all, […]

Biological Dental Health in 2011 – A Look Back

Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

With the year fading fast, it’s time to take a quick look back at the 2011 edition of Know Thy Health – our third full year of blogging. First, a snapshot, via the first sentence from the first post of each month: January: Marie Flowers tells her story of mercury poisoning in powerful testimony at […]

Drill-Happy Dentistry?

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2011

  Over the past several years, there’s been a growing awareness of overmedicalization and overtreatment within the medical establishment. While there are certainly many people who suffer from lack of access to health services, too much medicine is perhaps an even bigger problem. If Americans would stop thinking of certain problems in a medical context, […]

Reducing Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish, & Other News of Note

Posted on Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Coffee, Tea Reduce Mercury Exposure When Eating Fish (Montreal Gazette) Forget sake – a groundbreaking new study from the Université de Montréal shows that sushi-lovers should be eating their raw fish with coffee or tea to reduce their exposure to mercury. The study, published last week in the journal Environmental Research, also shows that boiling […]

70 Million Amalgam Fillings, 34 Tons of Mercury a Year

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011

Now available on DVD and online streaming, Mercury Undercover “unveils the dirty truth about the dangers of mercury and how those people in power would love to ‘protect’ you from the real truth.”     More trailers and scenes are availble on Powerlunch Productions’ YouTube channel. To learn more about the film, or to buy […]

Creepy-Cool Image: A Child’s Skull with 2 Sets of Teeth

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2011

Ever wonder why you have two sets of teeth in your lifetime? The simple answer: When you’re an infant, your jaw is too small to hold the full set of adult teeth. “Baby teeth” (also known as “milk,” “primary” or “deciduous” teeth) serve as placeholders of a sort, guiding proper development of the oral cavity. […]

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