On the State of the State’s Kids’ Teeth (& the News Ain’t So Great)

Recently, the Pew Charitable Trusts released their latest report card on children’s dental health Maryland came out on top, meeting seven of Pew’s eight benchmarks, followed by Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and South Carolina, which each met six. Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Montana and New Jersey all rated F, meeting two or fewer marks. And …

How to Save Money on Dental Care

One of the most common complaints about dental care is the expense – costs that many people have to pay out of pocket for lack of insurance. But usually, as we’ve written before, dental work only gets really expensive when you avoid seeing your dentist until something goes wrong. Then, yes, you could be looking …

The Cost of Dental Work – and the Cost of Avoiding It

A few months ago, one of our dental team members was out shopping when a store manager, not knowing her occupation, asked if she had any good tips for dealing with a toothache. One of his employees had a broken root canal tooth and was in severe pain. Indeed, the employee – a young man …

Smoking and Gum Disease by the Numbers

The relationship between smoking and periodontitis (gum disease) has been known for a long time. But some may wonder, just how strong of a relationship is it? Research published earlier this year in Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry offers some numbers. The study, “Smoking and Periodontal Disease: Clinical Evidence for an Association,” looked at 165 …

The Relationship Between Gum Health & Systemic Health

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN A research team at a prestigious university hospital was conducting an experiment: how does a bullfrog react to a handclap? They set the frog on a table and clapped their hands. The frog jumped. Then they severed the frog’s right front leg. Again, the handclap; again, the frog jumped. …

Mercury May Move Through the Teeth & Other News of Note

Can Mercury from Dental Fillings Travel through Teeth? (European Commission, Environment DG) Dental amalgam fillings made with mercury have been used for many years, but there are concerns about the risk to human health. A recent study suggests that mercury can travel through the tooth and enter the tooth’s active bloodstream. This is another route …

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets bad for [the] teeth [are] …

How Do You Know How to Get There If You Don’t Know Where There Is?

alasdairnicol/Flickr   Imagine sitting down to play a game of chess. Though you have a basic idea of the rules, you don’t know your objective. You can move your pieces around the board. If you’re lucky, you may capture a pawn or two. But you’re not very likely to win the game. After all, you …

Kids and Cavities, Fillings and Food

Finizio/Flickr What’s the best material for treating filling cavities in your children’s teeth? According to a recent research review in The Cochrane Library, nobody really knows. So far, there is a not a clear winner among the types of fillings used to repair childhood cavities, according to a new review. In fact, there are so …