Is There A Battery In Your Mouth? (Guest Post)

Our thanks to the office of St. Louis biological dentist Dr. Michael Rehme for letting us share his article on an often overlooked dental condition: oral galvanism. Is there a battery in your mouth? That’s a strange question to ask or is it? Did you know that most metals found in your mouth have the …

A Different Kind of a (Dental Kind of) “Clip Joint”

Here’s a minor but attention-grabbing dental horror story: “A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.” Um. Okay. Technically, though, posts aren’t used in root canals. But “Mass. dentist admits doing paper clip post and core restorations following root canal …

Drill-Happy Dentistry?

  Over the past several years, there’s been a growing awareness of overmedicalization and overtreatment within the medical establishment. While there are certainly many people who suffer from lack of access to health services, too much medicine is perhaps an even bigger problem. If Americans would stop thinking of certain problems in a medical context, …

Biosis 34: Chemicals & the Biological Terrain, Natural Rejuvenation & More

The August 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Natural Rejuvenation When you’re out on the water with fishing pole in hand, the boat gently rocking, you have time to take in the beauty of nature – not just to see it but savor it. You’re …

Mercury vs. BPA?

For years, the standard line of argument for mercury has been something like, “Mercury has been used for more than 150 years without any problem.” Of course, this notion has, over and again, been proven false, most recently by the FDA’s own expert panel, which has urged FDA to bar the use of mercury amalgam …

Restoring a Tooth: How CAD-CAM Crowns Are Made

Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Note: Audio may drop out midway through parts 2 and 3.   To learn more about CAD-CAM restorations – how they’re made and how they’re used – and to see before and after pictures of teeth restored with them, read Dr. Verigin’s article “No More Metal!: The Superiority of …

Why You Need to Read Beyond the Headline

Another week, another hmmm-inducing headline to add to our collection (see items 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6), this time courtesy of a media release posted on Medical News Today:     Amid the on-going controversy over the safety of mercury-containing dental fillings, a University of Saskatchewan research team has shed new light on …

Making Crowns and Bridges Last Longer

Over the past decade, great strides have been made in improving the strength and durability of crowns, bridges and other dental restorations. And with new generation, biocompatible materials and computer-aided design and manufacture (CAD-CAM), these restorations have become more tooth-like than ever.       Advances in cements and cementation procedures have also helped improve …

The Last Days of Mercury Fillings?

“Are Amalgam’s Days Numbered?” asks a recent opinion piece…er, article on DrBicuspid.com: While the Bush administration long opposed any legally binding measures on mercury, the Obama administration is taking a very different tack. A global crackdown on its use – particularly in industrial applications – was unanimously agreed upon at the United Nations Environment Programme’s …