On the State of the State’s Kids’ Teeth (& the News Ain’t So Great)

Posted on Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Recently, the Pew Charitable Trusts released their latest report card on children’s dental health Maryland came out on top, meeting seven of Pew’s eight benchmarks, followed by Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Carolina, which each met six. Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana and New Jersey all rated F, meeting two or fewer marks. And […]


How Many Kinds of Toothpaste Do We Need?

Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011

In 2008, there were 412 different toothpastes available for sale in the US. Today, there are “only” 352. A few years ago, over 100 new kinds or sizes of toothpaste hit the market. Last year, “only” 69. This, according to a recent WSJ article, wonderfully lampooned by Stephen Colbert. Seriously: How many kinds of toothpaste […]


Swallowing Fluoride? Study Shows Risks Without Benefits

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011

Low-income children who consumed recommended fluoride doses have more fluoride-damaged teeth and high cavity rates, according to research published in the January 2011 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. For the study, Mexican preschoolers and school-aged children in a low-income area were measured for cavities, fluorosis (fluoride-discolored teeth) and urine fluoride levels. Fluoride […]


Confused about Fluoride?

Posted on Friday, February 4th, 2011

Recently, the US Department of Health and Human Services recommended lowering the “recommended” amount of fluoride in public water sources due to rising rates of dental fluorosis, and the Environmental Protection Agency released a research review showing an increased risk of bone problems due to long-term ingestion of high levels of fluoride. (Read about it […]


A Troubling Relationship between Fluoridation & Smarts

Posted on Friday, January 21st, 2011

In the event that the EPA needs more motivation to lower the levels of added fluoride in public water supplies, might we suggest another reason? Via PR Newswire Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children Exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence says a study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of […]


HHS Says, “Less Fluoride to the People, Please”

Posted on Friday, January 14th, 2011

Maybe it’s a sad commentary on the state of our society that it’s so easy to overloook good news – even more so during weeks like this past one, dominated by news surrounding the Tucson shooting – but there was some good news that we almost missed: the Department of Health and Human Services proposed […]


What Fluoride Can Do If You Get Too Much of It

Posted on Monday, November 8th, 2010

While the ADA, mainstream dentists, public health officials and others continue to insist on the virtues of fluoride for promoting dental health, reasons to avoid fluoride and fluoridation continue to mount : In the latest issue of Osteoporosis International, researchers report that fluoride consumption from tea and toothpaste damaged one woman’s bones. Fluoride – which […]


Drinking Water: A Modern Dilemma (Guest Post)

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010

The EPA has warned that drinking water pollution is one of the top environmental threats to our health. Contaminants are routinely measured in municipal drinking water including lead, cadmium, mercury and other metals; pesticides, fertilizers and chlorine. These can enter your body not only by your drinking the water but bathing in it. Our blood […]


Fluoride in Black Tea & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Black Tea Contains More Fluoride Than Ever Thought (Foodconsumer) Black tea may contain a higher concentration of fluoride than previously thought, according to a new study cited in a press release by Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Gary Whiteford of the School of Dentistry, co-author of the study, suggests that heavy tea drinkers could get […]



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