Eat Sugar & White Flour!

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Originally published in Biosis (Issue #7) For Halloween 1973, I had a bumper sticker made to hand out to trick-or-treaters. It said, “Eat Sugar and White Flour – Support Your Local Dentist and Physician.” With it, we gave the kids a choice of treats: a pencil, a toothbrush or […]

What Did You Expect? (Sugarific Edition)

Hold onto your hats and glasses, folks! A study just published in the Journal of Dentistry finds that… Wait for it… Wait for it… Wait for it… Sugary drinks cause cavities in adults. And the more you drink, the higher your risk. Following nearly 1000 subjects for four years, the researchers found that those who […]

Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing […]

“Treating Cavities with Medicine”

You wouldn’t know from the opinion piece under that headline. Having been trained as a microbiologist prior to going to dental school, I tend to look for the classic signs of disease progression, such as those found in Koch’s postulates. I was well aware that caries is an infectious transmissible disease, but I could not […]

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 […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Originally posted 7 August 2009 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 […]

Can Oil “Cure” a Cavity?

NOTE: Read the follow-up/update of this post That appears to be the claim of a post we recently saw over at The Healthy Home Economist, which describes healing a child’s “cavity” with butter oil capsules and a switch from tahini to raw butter at breakfast. While it’s true that decay can be arrested with good […]

Biosis #36: Oxidative Stress, Diet & Decay, & More

The February 2012 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Listening & Imagination I loved listening to my mother read. When I was very young, she would always read me the Sunday funnies after church. I think Mother had a bit of the dramatic in her, as […]

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 […]