Pain after Tooth-Pulling? Why You Need to Let Your Dentist Know

Via Australia’s Herald Sun, A woman who had to have a jaw reconstruction and all her bottom teeth removed after a simple tooth extraction is suing a Queensland hospital. Suzanne Marie Scott, 48, claims medical staff at Kirwan Women’s Hospital in Townsville should have diagnosed the onset of osteomylitis – a chronic bone infection – […]

Implants, Implants Everywhere!

You probably heard the story (since determined to be a hoax) of the Polish dentist who got revenge on her ex-boyfriend by pulling out all his teeth. According to The Telegraph‘s version of events, the now toothless man says he’s “going to have to pay a fortune on getting indents or something.” Of course, “indents” […]

Dental Implants – with Drugs! (Coming Soon to a Dental Office Near You?)

Last month, the British Dental Journal reported on a study suggesting that “Bisphosphonates Improve Implant Stability.” After dental implant surgery, a dental implant is often not stable enough to enable chewing straight away. It may take several months for the bone around the implant to heal and become strong enough for the patient to regain […]

Better than Drugs: Vitamins D & K, Calcium to Treat Bone Loss

One of the very first posts we wrote – back in May 2008 – was on the problem of Fosamax and other bisphosphonates causing osteonecrotic lesions in the jaw. These sites of dead and decaying tissue – an ironic result for a class of drugs meant to strengthen bone, no? As follow-up a little more […]

Questioning the Long-Term Use of Prescription Drugs

One of the fundamental problems with drug-driven medicine is that the most drugs don’t actually cure anything. What they do is suppress symptoms or spur biological processes that give a sense of relief to the person taking them. In this way, they’re used to “manage” chronic illnesses. They’re taken for long periods of time – […]

Short Term Bisphosphonate Use Also Damaging, and Other News of Note

Common Oral Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Serious Jaw Necrosis (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable […]

Your Mouth Is Connected to Your Heart and Your Brain and the Rest of You…

Some articles that ran while we were on our blog holiday that we want to be sure you didn’t miss:   New Data on Dental Health & Heart Disease (Wellness Resources) The clear links between dental health and heart disease just got a lot stronger, which may now be a motivational factor for many people […]

Follow-Up: More Problems with Bisphosphonate Drugs

A good amount of good research has already shown that the bisphosphonate drugs claimed to prevent osteopenia and  treat osteoporosis can cause bone death in the jaw – a condition known as osteonecrosis. Despite this, as well as the fact that a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine this year found that Fosamax doubled […]