A Breath of Fresh Air

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added […]

Why Pick a Poison?

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A new study offers a new theory as to how fluoride really works: The findings revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of the decay-causing bacteria to stick. That would indicate that fluoride contributes to making it easier for teeth to be washed of decay-causing bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity. The research was published […]

Devil’s in the Details, Theobromine Edition

Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013

As we’ve noted several times before, it pays to read beyond the headline, especially if it’s surprising, shocking or sensational. To wit: So before you grab that Hershey bar, know that the study in question – published in Caries Research – actually didn’t involve chocolate at all. What it did involve is a compound called […]

Follow-Up: Davis Says “No” to Fluoridation

Posted on Monday, October 21st, 2013

Back in June, we told you about a pair of fluoride fights up in Yolo County. Earlier this month, the Davis City Council rejected fluoridation by a vote of 4 to 1. Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson’s comments, reported by the Sacramento Bee, are pointed. “This is one issue that’s not 50-50 – 10-to-1, people are begging […]

Saved by the Fluoride?

Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013

A recent article on Slate focuses on “Fourteen Oddball Reasons You’re Not Dead Yet.” Among the 14? Believe it or don’t, fluoride. Yes. Really. There were plenty of miserable ways to die before the mid-20th century, but dying of a tooth abscess had to be among the worst—a slow, painful infection that limits your ability […]

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 […]

Captain Obvious and the Toothpaste of Doom

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Captain Obvious narrowed his eyes and frowned. On his monitor, a study recently published in Acta Ondontologica Scandinavica. Our intrepid hero – champion of common sense in research and the enemy of wasted money and time – read the abstract, and then he read it again. It had been years since his Ridiculous-Sense had fired […]

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