ReReads: Health & Illness: More Than “If A and if B, then C”

In this 2012 post (slightly modified from the original version), Dr. Erwin discusses why dental care – like medical care – should be individualized to each patient. One of this blog’s most popular posts is an article I originally wrote for my office website, “Why Doesn’t Everyone with Mercury Fillings Get Sick?”. The short answer […]

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grocery store aisles

Is Being Healthy Truly a Priority?

For most, 21st century reality puts a lot of distance between us and where our food comes from. That food is often more manufactured than grown, using processes you couldn’t replicate in your own kitchen and ingredients you just won’t find at your local Ralph’s, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or any other grocery store. We […]

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before and after amalgam removal

Patients Can Tell You What It’s Like to Regain a Mercury-Free Mouth

This week is Mercury-Free Dentistry Week – an occasion launched by Dr. Mercola and Consumers for Dental Choice to raise awareness about the personal and environmental health hazards of mercury amalgam “silver” fillings and encourage all to keep working toward a mercury-free future. And there’s certainly work yet to be done. Consider the recent news […]

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bone regeneration with LANAP

Severe Gum Disease? Look to the Laser (and Other Options for Dealing with Periodontitis)

Of course, the best thing to do about gum disease is keep it from developing in the first place. That’s largely a matter of Keeping up good hygiene (brushing twice and flossing once daily), Seeing your dentist at least twice a year for regular exams and professional cleanings, Eating a whole foods-based diet, high in […]

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healthy mouth

Treating Your Gum Disease May Improve Your Overall Health

For years, mainstream dentistry scoffed at the idea of focal infection – the idea that infection in one part of the body can affect other organs or systems. For years, it treated teeth as though they were almost separate from the body that housed them. Dentists acted as though anything that happened in the mouth […]

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mother and child brushing teeth

Teaching Your Kids How to Take Good Care of Their Teeth

A few years ago, some Dutch researchers decided to find out how much parents valued their children’s oral health – literally. They asked how much they’d be willing to pay – in money, as well as time. The good news is that most – 80% upward – did, in fact, put at least some value […]

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Tooth & Caduceus

The Dentist as Physician

For most people, dental care is sort of like an afterthought – and the dentist, less a doctor than a technician or mouth mechanic. When “health care reform” happened, oral health barely registered a thought. Where Obamacare does address oral health, it mainly concerns dental care for children. Even then, it’s not quite the requirement […]

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if everything were labeled like GMOs

GMOs & Informed Consent, Rights & Responsibilities

When purveyors of junk food are taken to task for their contributions to obesity and chronic ill health, you often hear their spokespeople, lawyers and other apologists invoke the concept of “personal responsibility.” The problem is never with their sugary, chemical-infused, hyper-processed products. The problem, they tell us, is ours. We exercise too little. We […]

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Shifting Away from the Sugarific

Of course, your teeth aren’t the only part of you that suffers the effects of sodas, fruit juices and other sweet drinks. Excess sugar consumption has been linked with more than 100 specific health problems. In fact, it’s not so far-fetched to say that sugar is deadly stuff in the modern food environment. As Dr. […]

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green juice drink

Is What You Drink Damaging Your Teeth?

More and more, you see the sugar industry being compared to the tobacco biz – in how they manipulate science, in their PR manipulations, in the damage their product does to health and well-being. So considering all the lawsuits filed against big tobacco by smokers and their families, would it be any surprise to see […]

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