Fluoridation in Action

The ADA: The American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay. The CDC: Fluoridation of community drinking water is a major factor responsible for the decline in dental caries (tooth decay) during the second half of the 20th century. The history of water […]

Resigned to a Lifetime of Tooth Decay?

Like other chronic diseases, dental caries – tooth decay – is largely preventable. With that in mind, read it and weep: Over 40% of more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity, according to a new Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) survey released February […]

Biosis #48: Biological Dentistry & the Road Ahead

The August 2015 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. For this issue, we’re stepping away from our usual format to share, in full, the latest installment in Dr. V’s ongoing series on the need for truly comprehensive biological dental care to support healing and optimal whole body health: Dentistry Shouldn’t Be “Just […]

Worst Ways of Saving Money #43: Avoid the Dentist

We’ve said it before: If you want to spend a lot of money on dental care, one of the best things you can do is avoid going to the dentist. Now NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is making much the same point in a campaign for Aspen Dental. “Delaying dental visits for years,” she says (or, […]

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 […]

KTH Flashback: The Cost of Dental Work – and the Cost of Avoiding It

Originally posted March 1, 2010 A few months ago, one of our dental team members was out shopping when a store manager, not knowing her occupation, asked if she had any good tips for dealing with a toothache. One of his employees had a broken root canal tooth and was in severe pain. Indeed, the […]

Xylitol: Opinion Shifts Again?

What were we saying about health news sometimes being a little crazy-making? About a month ago, a new xylitol study found that lozenges made with the stuff might not actually be all that great at reducing tooth decay. This month: But this paper, published in the Journal of Dental Research, is a true follow-up: a […]

“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 […]

The Call for Preventive Medicine

Originally posted 16 January 2009 In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is […]

How to Save Money on Dental Care

Originally posted 11 February 2011 One of the most common complaints about dental care is the expense – costs that many people have to pay out of pocket for lack of insurance. But usually, as we’ve written before, dental work only gets really expensive when you avoid seeing your dentist until something goes wrong. Then, […]