“Saving” Teeth by Destroying Them

Say you take your four year old child to the dentist. During the examination, the dentist tells you he found four cavities. You consent to treatment. Afterward, you take your sedation-groggy daughter home and let her nap. So later, when you look in her mouth, what do you see? If you said “four fillings,” you […]

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 […]

How You Swallow Affects How You Look

Amazingly, something as simple as how you swallow can have a big impact on dental and facial development. Here’s what a normal swallow looks like:     And here’s a common pattern called “reverse swallow”:     How does this play out in real life?       Of course, the trainer used in the […]

Mercury Fillings…or Else

Following up on last week’s alert from Charlie Brown on the Pennsylvania Dental Society’s approval of denying routine dental care to disabled children whose parents don’t consent to their kids getting mercury fillings… This, of course, isn’t the only appearance of such “mercury or else” attitudes. For instance, while pregnant women without insurance in Oklahoma […]

Help with Children’s Dental Health & Hygiene

Makelessnoise/Flickr A trio of recent articles on children’s dental health that we’d like to draw your attention to: Brush Up on Healthy Teeth This informative article from the Edmonton Sun explains a bit about how problems with the primary (“baby”) teeth can contribute to problems later in life, after the adult teeth have erupted. It […]

Sugar Prevents Cavities?

Check out the headline on this wire story that recently made the rounds:     Note to the headline writers of the World Entertainment News Network, distributor of the story: sugar and sugar alcohol are NOT the same thing…as the article in question clearly states. sub-sti-tute, n., One that takes the place of another; a […]

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 […]

Captain Obvious Strikes Dental Research Again

So there’s this new study in the Journal of Dental Research on “Predictors of Dental Caries Progression in Primary Teeth” – in other words, risk factors for kids getting cavities. We think you can probably guess a lot of them. Want to give it a try?     Now let’s see how you did. The […]

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

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 JADA, the organization’s own publication […]