Drunken Dentures?

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011

Recently in New Zealand, a suspected drunk driver was given a breathalyzer test. He failed. But this isn’t the news. What’s news about it is the defense his lawyer is considering, since she says the test results don’t accurately reflect how much her client drank. What skewed them? His lawyer is blaming it on…his dentures. […]


Biosis 32: The Power of Music, the Complexities of Chronic Illness & More

Posted on Friday, February 25th, 2011

The February 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Music/Magic “When you’re stressed, music can help soothe. When you’re tired, it can pep you up. Music can make you laugh as easily as it can make you weep. It can even help you heal.” Dr. Verigin’s […]


How to Save Money on Dental Care

Posted on Friday, February 11th, 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, yes, you could be looking […]


Smiles without Substance

Posted on Friday, January 21st, 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 feel good. Just think of […]


A Last Look Back at 2010

Posted on Friday, January 7th, 2011

We can’t let the first week of 2011 go past without taking an obligatory look back at 2010. So here’s a snapshot of Know Thy Health, via two lists – the top 10 most popular posts first published in 2010 and the overall top 10 for the year. Top 10 New Posts in 2010 Why […]


What’s Up Down in the Mouth?

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010

For a long time, dentists have been thought of as something like “tooth doctors” who look at our teeth to make sure they show no signs of decay and clean them thoroughly a couple times a year to help us prevent cavities. But while this is, of course, true, it’s not the whole story. Over […]


Stat!: Oral Health in the Golden State

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010

Among all US states, DC and American territories, California ranks squarely in the middle when it comes to getting professional dental care. Percent of adult Californians who visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year: 67.7 Rank among all US states and territories: 31 Percent who have had their teeth cleaned in the […]


Not an Eye Tooth but an Ear Tooth? Weird Dental Stories in the News

Posted on Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A freakish accident can often be a kind of badge of honor for kids, something that earns them bragging rights. Here’s one a young Hongkonger can tell some lively stories about: A 10-year-old Primary Four student was wheeled in [to United Christian Hospital] with one of his teeth lodged in an ear. The boy, whose […]


EPA to Crack Down on Mercury Amalgam Waste

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010

AGrinberg/Flickr Earlier this week, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its plan to propose a rule requiring all dentists to separate mercury from all amalgam waste – something currently recommended by the EPA but only required in 12 states and a handful of cities. The measure aims to reduce the amount of mercury entering […]



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