Towards a Fluoride-Free Future

This week, the Fluoride Action Network and Dr. Mercola have teamed up for Fluoride Awareness Week – a time to draw attention to the science, ethics and politics of uncontrolled fluoride exposure and health. Already, they’ve posted a couple of good articles on the science behind fluoridation and its effects. In the piece below, FAN …

Big League Chew, Major League Damage

Well, the Giants did it again last night and won their third World Series in 5 years! And while the 2014 season is now all but history, baseball – maybe more than any other sport – basks in that history. As Lawrence Ritter once wrote, “The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today …

Oral Health Benefits of Green Tea (Guest Post)

Thank you to Pride Dental for letting us share this post from their office blog. View original post. Green tea mouthwash may help ease pain caused by the swelling of oral tissue. That’s according to a small but promising study published last month in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The research involved …

9 Dental Don’ts

So what’s better than fluoride at preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues? Quality nutrition is a big part of it – going easy on hyper-processed foods, added sugars, soft drinks and the like; going heavy on whole foods, produce and healthy natural fats. Good hygiene is another critical factor. Yet perhaps many …

A Breath of Fresh Air

Here’s a breath of fresh air, courtesy of a general dentist and dental consultant over in the UK: Fluoridation – whether effective or not – isn’t really worth fighting for. The days of mass medication are surely over. People nowadays know how to look after themselves and have no wish to have additional chemicals added …

Stat!: Diet Damaged Teeth

Percent of young adults(ages 18 to 35) who have experienced erosion of their tooth enamel: 29.4 Percent who have experienced tooth sensitivity: 41.9 The culprit? According to the study from which those stats are taken, “modern diet.” We know: What a surprise. ESCARCEL found that those with frequent acidic food intake had higher levels of …

Oral Health-Oral Cancer Conundrum

Late last month, you might have noticed a lot of whoop-de-doo about a study which found a link between poor oral health and oral HPV infection. More than one headline suggested that brushing and flossing might lower your risk of cancer. “The finding,” however, is a “modest association,” said Aimée R. Kreimer, an epidemiologist at …

Saved by the Fluoride?

A recent article on Slate focuses on “Fourteen Oddball Reasons You’re Not Dead Yet.” Among the 14? Believe it or don’t, fluoride. Yes. Really. There were plenty of miserable ways to die before the mid-20th century, but dying of a tooth abscess had to be among the worst—a slow, painful infection that limits your ability …

Do You Really Need to Pitch Your Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick?

So just how common is the advice of twice yearly dental visits? Shortly after we learned about the study challenging this acorn, we ran across this list of ways you may unknowingly be “hurting your teeth.” Skipping dental visits is one of them. But that’s not what caught our attention. Don’t Use Your Toothbrush After …

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Last week, the Journal of Dental Research published a study that questions the conventional wisdom of twice yearly dental visits. Professional reaction was no surprise: Still, you might wonder: Are semi-annual exams and cleanings, as one headline put it, “really necessary”? Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for more than 50 years without supporting evidence, the …