Using Your Teeth as Tools – NOT the Best Idea Ever

Teeth aren’t tools – not that this stops people from using them that way: “I have one patient who broke a tooth because they were biting a fishing sinker,” said Dr. Deani Deskins-Knebel, dental director for the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center Inc. She also has had patients use their teeth to open packages, close small …

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, …

Protein (Not Sugar) for Energy, & Other News of Note

Mid-Afternoon Slump? Why a Sugar Rush May Not Be the Answer (ScienceDaily) A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research, published in the Nov. 17 issue of the scientific journal Neuron, has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders. Wakefulness …

FAQ on the Biological Dental Perspective

Since 2004, Dr. Gary Verigin’s free newsletter Biosis has offered its readers comment and teaching by Dr. Verigin, health news, wellness tips and more – all within an integrative, biological dental frame. It’s name comes from the Greek word meaning “to live.” “Biosis” means “a mode of life,” which is both a process and an …

And “Sweet Tooth” Takes on a Whole New Meaning…

  Yes. It’s a cake. With teeth. And a tongue. And there are more where that came from.       You might be relieved to know these cakes aren’t for eating. They’re sculptures – part of Oakland artist Scott Hove’s “Cakeland” project. The concept? The sculptures have all of the appeal of the best …

Aesthetics Matter, but Health Comes First

Cosmetic dentistry has its place, but as we’ve written before, it’s too often overdone, with aesthetics taking a backseat to health. Recently, we ran across a similar critique, written by a dental consultant for the Faculty Dental Journal. We think the message bears repeating. In “Porcelain Pornography,” Martin Kelleher hones in on the destructive aspect …

Post-Menopause Risk of Tooth Loss, & Other News of Note

Tooth Loss Risk Quantified in Post-Menopausal Women (Medical News Today) New research forecasts that over one in four post-menopausal women are likely to suffer from tooth loss over a five year period. A study of over 1,000 post-menopausal women indicates that around one in four are likely to suffer tooth loss over a five year …

Muppets & Teeth

Some time ago, we posted the classic Sesame Street clip of Bert’s musical play about teeth – just one of a number of dental-related segments the show has run over the years. In fact, the Muppets have really striven to teach kids about their teeth and how to take care of them. But when you …