Dealing with Deep Decay in Children’s Teeth

Originally posted 6 February 2009 While checking out some dental blogs recently, we ran across this post on a study published last year in Pediatric Dentistry. The researchers looked at the presence of formocresol in the blood of children given pulpotomies. Formocresol is a solution made of formaldehyde, cresol, glycerin and water, which the dentist …

If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and…

Originally posted 17 April 2009 The American Dental Association has a bit of a track record of supporting dental procedures – the use of mercury fillings, fluoride, sealants – that have been shown to be potentially hazardous and, at best, only minimally effective. What’s especially stunning is when studies highlighting this fact show up in …

Déjà Vu All Over Again: FDA Reissues Teething Gel Warning

Break out the teething rings…again… A little over a year ago, the FDA issued a warning about benzocaine teething gels such as Hurricane, Baby Orajel and Orabase, due to their ability to cause a blood disorder called methemoglobinemia Last week, they reissued the warning, citing concerns about parents not recognizing the symptoms of the disorder. …

Caring for Kids’ Teeth & Gums

  Long ago and far away, there was a radio drama called This Is Your FBI. J. Edgar Hoover called it “the finest dramatic program on the air.” Typically, its intro stressed “the current crime wave” or the excellence of the FBI – sometimes both together. Did no one stop to ask the obvious: If …

Boosting Broccoli’s Anti-Cancer Potential, & Other News of Note

More Evidence That Spicing Up Broccoli Boosts Its Cancer-Fighting Power (ScienceDaily) Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food’s individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you’ll get the maximum health benefit, suggests a new University …

You Don’t Need Teeth to Be Cavity-Prone

Yep! Really. New research has documented hundreds of bacterial species in the saliva of infants, including the microbes that biofilm and lead to decay. As the Dental Tribune recently reported, US researchers have found evidence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries in the saliva of infants with no teeth. Their findings suggest that infection …

Reporting What We Might Want to Believe

Once upon a time, CBS was known as “The Tiffany Network,” with a highly respected news division. Those days are long gone. For the study, published in Food & Nutrition Research, researchers at Louisiana State University tracked the health of more than 11,000 youngsters between the ages of two and 18 from 1999 to 2004. …

Perio Health – Fertility Link, & Other News of Note

“Floss for Fertility,” Women Advised (BBC) Women who want the best chance of having a baby should make sure they floss their teeth regularly, say doctors. Poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying conception by about two months. Experts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum …

Fluoride & the Developing Brain

There are toxins, and then there are neurotoxins. The difference? Neurotoxins are poisons that act specifically on nerve cells. Among other things, they can damage the brain. Although we’ve known for some time that fluoride has neurotoxic effects, it still continues to be pushed by establishment dentists, public health officials and others who swear that …