More DIY Dentistry, Metal-Mouth Edition

Once we saw this… …we really felt no need to watch the whole episode of Extreme Cheapskates. Sometimes, a teaser is enough. But it brought to mind another case of DIY dentistry we recently ran across in the British Dental Journal, though here it had nothing to do with being cheap. The individual was in […]

Biosis 32: The Power of Music, the Complexities of Chronic Illness & More

The February 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Music/Magic “When you’re stressed, music can help soothe. When you’re tired, it can pep you up. Music can make you laugh as easily as it can make you weep. It can even help you heal.” Dr. Verigin’s […]

The Ongoing Fight Against Dental Mercury Amalgam

Late last month, the Second Session of the World Mercury Treaty negotiations was held in Chiba, Japan. The World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry (WAMFD) – a coalition of consumer organizations from around the globe – was there to advocate for a provision to phase out mercury fillings. Charlie Brown, National Counsel of Consumers for Dental […]

How Mercury Amalgam Fillings Are Done

In talking about the problem of mercury amalgam fillings, we usually focus on what happens after the restoration is done. But it’s important to recognize that exposure begins as soon as the dentist sets to work on placing, packing and shaping the metal. The videos below give a model demonstration of how amalgam fillings are […]

The Last Days of Mercury Fillings?

“Are Amalgam’s Days Numbered?” asks a recent opinion piece…er, article on 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 […]

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 […]

Amalgam Love in Dental Research

Here we go again: Dental amalgam has been proven safe and effective for years, yet unfounded controversy still surrounds it, a Medical College of Georgia researcher says. Dentists have used amalgam, an alloy of mercury with at least one other metal, in fillings for over 200 years. Amalgam fillings don’t contain enough mercury to cause […]

Too Much Dentistry?: The Possible Adverse Effects of Veneers, Fillings and Crowns

by Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Each day, after all clients have been seen and all staff have gone home for the night, I like to spend the quiet time reviewing charts. I read the digital x-rays and the comments from each client’s last visit. I analyze where each is with his or her dental […]