Worst Ways of Saving Money #43: Avoid the Dentist

Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015

We’ve said it before: If you want to spend a lot of money on dental care, one of the best things you can do is avoid going to the dentist. Now NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is making much the same point in a campaign for Aspen Dental. “Delaying dental visits for years,” she says (or, […]


Xylitol: “Not the Silver Bullet”

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Over the past several years, we’ve heard more and more about xylitol as a means of preventing cavities. Does it work? As our regular readers know, the evidence has seemed mixed at best. A new Cochrane review of the research confirms that suspicion. So far, there doesn’t seem to be enough good quality evidence to […]


We Have a Winner!

Posted on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Thank you to everyone who entered our drawing for a brand new Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser. We dropped all the names into a hat and picked one from the bunch. And the winner is (drumroll)…Stephanie Grisales! Congratulations, Stephanie! Even if you have to buy your own irrigator, though, we think it’s a great investment […]


How the Insides of Your Teeth Affect the Outsides

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Of course, saliva isn’t the only natural defense system for your teeth. Another lies within the miles of microscopic tubules that make up the tissue between the hard outer enamel and delicate inner pulp of each tooth: dentin. Those tubules aren’t just empty chambers. Fluid flows through them – mainly cytoplasm from the odontoblasts that […]


10 Papers Undercutting Fluoridation Clichés

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

While we’re on the subject of top 10 lists, Dr. Paul Connett sent out a keeper just before Christmas: “Ten Key Papers that Challenge the Pro-Fluoride Mantra.” That “mantra,” of course, is “that fluoridation is ‘safe,’ ‘effective’ and ‘cost effective.” The 10 papers below provide a strong, science-based counterpoint to pro-fluoridation claims. Notably, several of […]


Stat!: Too Much Sugar

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Max daily calories that the World Health Organization says should come from sugar: 10% of total Sugar consumption “target” recommended by WHO: 5% Target recommended by independent researchers to prevent tooth decay: 3% Percent of the average American adult’s daily calories that come from sugar: about 19% Of the average American youth’s daily calories: roughly […]


Towards a Fluoride-Free Future

Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

This week, the Fluoride Action Network and Dr. Mercola have teamed up for Fluoride Awareness Week – a time to draw attention to the science, ethics and politics of uncontrolled fluoride exposure and health. Already, they’ve posted a couple of good articles on the science behind fluoridation and its effects. In the piece below, FAN […]


Big League Chew, Major League Damage

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Well, the Giants did it again last night and won their third World Series in 5 years! And while the 2014 season is now all but history, baseball – maybe more than any other sport – basks in that history. As Lawrence Ritter once wrote, “The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today […]


Oral Health Benefits of Green Tea (Guest Post)

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Thank you to Pride Dental for letting us share this post from their office blog. View original post. Green tea mouthwash may help ease pain caused by the swelling of oral tissue. That’s according to a small but promising study published last month in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The research involved […]



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