Dr. Shankland on Cavitations

A specialist in head pain, TMJ, NICO lesions, fibromyalgia and other illnesses with dental correlations, Dr. Wes Shankland gives a comprehensive talk on cavitations: what they are, how they impact health, and how they’re diagnosed and treated: To learn even more, watch Suzin Stockton’s presentation on ischemic osteonecrosis or access the materials on our cavitations …

How to Make a Toxic Tooth

One option: root canal treatment. Simply put, root canals can cause more problems than they solve, including a greater propensity to cancer, autoimmune disorders and “enigmatic” illnesses such as CFS, MCS and fibromyalgia. To learn more, see “What You Need to Know about Root Canals & Dental Implants.” You’ll never look at videos like this …

Sugar-Sweetened “Logic”

Let’s play a little game of Follow the Logic: Sugar in food and drink is a drag on dental health. There’s no evidence that the sugar in medicine causes cavities. People eat a lot of sugar. There’s no point in making sugar-free medicine. That is indeed the “argument” – such as it is – of …

Not the Kind of Metal Mouth You Usually Think Of

Yet another item for the “It’s Great/No, It’s Not” files: Titanium implants used in bone-anchored dental prostheses may not be as robust as is commonly believed, according to new evidence from scientists. You don’t say! Collaborative research led by Dr. Owen Addison has found evidence to suggest that in environments where there is no significant …

10 Tips for Taming Bad Breath

The start of the new school year got us thinking: Is there anyone who didn’t have at least one teacher with an annoying habit or trait that to this day defines your memory of them? Maybe it was the math teacher who always spit a little when he talked, or the one who tapped her …

What’s This About Soy Milk?

A sure way to grab attention is to play contrarian and make claims that go against common sense. In the health world, these often run along the lines of “what you thought was bad is actually good for you, and what you thought was good is actually bad.” To wit, an item that made the …

Better Teeth through Chemistry?

Did you hear the one about the new “chemical” that’s supposed to make teeth “cavity-proof”? The chemical was designed by dentists in Chile, and wipes out all the bacteria that cause cavities in just 60 seconds in tests. The chemical targets ‘streptococcus mutans’, the bacteria that turns the sugar in your mouth into lactic acid …

Captain Obvious Perceives Perceptions

Who wants to hear that their teeth and gums are in bad shape? Who gets excited at the thought of needing extensive dental work? Okay. Besides this guy? Suffice it to say, it’s hard to have a good attitude toward taking care of your teeth when your oral health isn’t great. Who wants to spit …

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 …

Do You Really Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Originally posted 4 May 2009Related Say you visit a doctor for a routine check-up. You have no complaints: no pain, no problems. But the doctor says, “You know, I think we’d better remove your appendix.” “Why?” you ask. “It might get inflamed or infected someday, at which point we’d have to do an appendectomy anyway. …