Brushing Your Teeth Matters, but It Isn’t Everything

So yes, of course, oral hygiene matters. But it’s not everything, as new research in the BDJ reminds. The study was just the latest to look at the oral health of elite athletes. It included Olympians and pros alike, representing 11 sports all together. But when it came to the state of their teeth, those […]

Getting the Mercury Amalgam Out Is One Thing…

When Dr. V began phasing out mercury amalgam from his dental practice back in the mid-1970s, it was kind of a radical thing. How times have changed! These days, about half of all dentists here in the US no longer use the stuff. The reasons are many: mercury’s neurotoxicity, improvements in composite quality, aesthetic concerns, […]

Stress Isn’t Going Anywhere. So What to Do About It?

If you feel more stressed out than ever these days, you’re hardly alone. Take our country’s current political climate and recurring episodes of mass violence, top it off with the more typical stress-inducers of money and work, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for feeling totally maxed out. According to the American Psychological Association’s most […]

What the Top 10 Causes of Death Say About the Usual Ideas of Illness & Health

Earlier this summer, the Department of Health and Human Services released their latest rankings of the top 10 causes of death here in the US. Unsurprisingly, heart disease and cancer once again appeared in the top two spots, accounting for 44.3% of all deaths in 2017. In fact, the whole list was pretty familiar, though […]

A Few Pro Tips for Eating Organic & Local on a Budget

Recently spotted on Facebook: There’s a lot of truth in that – but it doesn’t negate the fact that making healthful choices can strain the budgets of more than a few people. This may be especially so when it comes to diet. Organic and local are ideal, but they can also be spendy. A pound […]

When Big Food Embraces Mindfulness

There was an interesting read over at The Nation last week – an interview with SF State professor Ronald Purser about his new book McMindfulness, a critique of the ways in which corporations have embraced mindfulness. Stripped of all ethical and religious tenets, mindfulness meditation has morphed into a market-friendly practice, adaptable into any context. […]

Dental Insurance Isn’t Really Insurance

One of the many problems with the “health care” biz in this country is the simple fact that so many decisions are driven not by patients or doctors but insurance companies. Dental insurance isn’t much better, but for reasons that many well-intentioned folks seem to ignore when they suggest that better access to dental insurance […]

And No Sooner Had We Posted About Implants…

If you’ve followed our blog for a while, you may recall the race to make the fastest toothbrush ever. (If you don’t, here’s a recap). Now there seems to be a similar “speed stakes” going on in the wonderful world of dental implants, too. No sooner had we published last week’s post on the number […]

More Than 2 Million Dental Implant Injuries…

The hype about dental implants is nothing new to this blog, nor is what the hype covers up. What is new is that the FDA has finally published it’s once-hidden database on injuries caused by medical devices, which underscores just how much these prosthetics have been oversold. All told, the new report documents 5.7 million […]