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 […]


Stat!: Diet Damaged Teeth

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Percent of young adults(ages 18 to 35) who have experienced erosion of their tooth enamel: 29.4 Percent who have experienced tooth sensitivity: 41.9 The culprit? According to the study from which those stats are taken, “modern diet.” We know: What a surprise. ESCARCEL found that those with frequent acidic food intake had higher levels of […]


Oral Health-Oral Cancer Conundrum

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Late last month, you might have noticed a lot of whoop-de-doo about a study which found a link between poor oral health and oral HPV infection. More than one headline suggested that brushing and flossing might lower your risk of cancer. “The finding,” however, is a “modest association,” said Aimée R. Kreimer, an epidemiologist at […]


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 […]


Do You Really Need to Pitch Your Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick?

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013

So just how common is the advice of twice yearly dental visits? Shortly after we learned about the study challenging this acorn, we ran across this list of ways you may unknowingly be “hurting your teeth.” Skipping dental visits is one of them. But that’s not what caught our attention. Don’t Use Your Toothbrush After […]


How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Last week, the Journal of Dental Research published a study that questions the conventional wisdom of twice yearly dental visits. Professional reaction was no surprise: Still, you might wonder: Are semi-annual exams and cleanings, as one headline put it, “really necessary”? Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for more than 50 years without supporting evidence, the […]


Food as Medicine? The Big Picture Matters (Guest Post)

Posted on Friday, April 5th, 2013

From the blog of William P. Glaros, DDS – Used with permission For all the “health care” that happens in this country, we seem to have a real problem when it comes to preventive care – in dentistry or otherwise – even as all of our most common chronic conditions can be largely avoided. Yet, […]


Sticking It to Burning Mouth Syndrome

Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

One thing can be said for medical and dental terms that come directly from Greek and Latin: as serious as they may sound, they seldom gross you out the way a description can. “Oral myiasis,” for instance, is a heck of a lot nicer to think about than “fly larvae feasting on your spit and […]


Acupuncture Improves Dry Mouth Symptoms

Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2013

As long as we’re on the subject of saliva and dry mouth conditions, there’s another recent study that may be of interest to you. According to a paper published last fall in the Annals of Oncology, acupuncture appears effective for relieving dry mouth. All of the nearly 150 people who participated were cancer patients suffering […]



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