To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Think about what your teeth are like just before you brush them. They’re probably a little on the gnarly side. Think particles of food, predigested by saliva. Think of bacterial slime coating your teeth. Think of anaerobic microbes partying in your periodontal pockets – bacteria, viruses, yeasts, all doing the happy dance because they’ve been […]


A Fluoridation Fight Closer to Home

Posted on Monday, June 17th, 2013

Last month, Portlanders again rejected fluoridation – for the fourth time since 1956. Whether for health concerns, environmental concerns, ethical principles or some other reason, voters have made their views plain. Surely, the city has more important things to do than keep trying to push for mass medication. Meantime, two cities much closer to home […]


Care for Some Arsenic with That Fluoride?

Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013

Earlier this week – and for the fourth time since 1956 – citizens of Portland, Oregon, said “no” to fluoridation. And there are many good reasons to keep saying no, such as this one, recently brought to attention by the Fluoride Action Network: Industrial-Grade Fluoridation Chemicals Cost Society Billions in Arsenic-Induced Cancers Industrial-grade fluoride chemicals […]


Depriving Kids of Fluoride

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013

As the song says, Repetition is very, very, very, very good, good, good, very, very good! (Oh, yeah.) In 2009: Five billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in 2000, an increase of more than 200 percent from a decade earlier. Whether consumers drink more bottled water because it is an alternative to soda, or […]


Coming Soon: Warning Labels on Soft Drinks?

Posted on Friday, February 15th, 2013

If Big Food thinks the kind of regulation Robert Lustig proposed for sugar is a bit much, perhaps they’d like warning labels on soft drinks instead. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly soft drinks, energy drinks and sports drinks, should be required to have tooth decay […]


Fluoride = The Best Weapon We’ve Got?

Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2013

Late last year, the LA Times ran a fascinating series on the rise in lethal yet legally prescribed prescription drugs. One pain specialist they interviewed had 16 patients die from drugs he had authorized – the highest total among doctors in four Southern California counties. He said any patient death from an overdose was unacceptable, […]


On Fluoridation, “All of the Evidence Is Convergent”

Posted on Friday, February 8th, 2013

Overheard by a staff member on the bus one day: “Fluoride should be a four letter word!” – final punctuation to a long rant about drinking water being fluoridated without her consent. She was emotional, yet others around her nodded in agreement. It’s an argument that makes more sense to more people every day. After […]


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 […]


We Know How Fluoride Works…or Do We?

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011

General dentist and past president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association (PDA) on what fluoride does: In developing teeth, the fluoride becomes part of the enamel and actually causes it to become denser and stronger so it is more resistant to the acids that are produced by the bacteria that cause decay. Once the teeth are […]



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