For most people, antimicrobial mouthwashes – “germ-killing” products such as Listerine – aren’t necessary for good oral hygiene, but they can be helpful. By controlling the growth of S.mutans and other microbes that contribute to oral disease, they can help you keep your gums healthy and get rid of bad breath. But so can effective […]
Do Natural Mouthwashes Work?
So Many Sweeteners…But One That Fights Cavities?
Humans have a natural like for things that taste sweet, but as anyone who pays attention to their diet knows, not all sweet things are created equal. Naturally occurring food sugars, such as those in milk and fruit, come along with a host of nutrients, while added sugars are empty calories – empty but tasty, […]
Fluoride Works…How, Exactly?
There’s an interesting double standard in medicine – dental and otherwise. Conventional practitioners can and do promote all sorts of treatments that haven’t been empirically proven or that work in ways we don’t yet understand. At the same time, many insist that “alternative medicine” isn’t valid because many of its treatments aren’t yet proven or […]
Bleeding Gums Are NOT Normal!
A lot of people think that it’s perfectly normal if their gums bleed a little bit when they brush or floss. You imagine they’d think so if, say, their scalp bled a little while they washed their hair? Their hands during scrubbing? Blood is a sign that something is wrong. Bleeding gums are a sign […]
Straight Teeth: Not Just a Cosmetic Matter
When people think about orthodontics, they tend to think mostly in terms of the aesthetics – straightening teeth to get an attractive smile. Of course, aesthetics matter. A good looking smile can boost your confidence and influence how you’re perceived by others. But there are health factors, too. Crooked, crowded teeth, for instance, can make […]
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 […]
Less Soda, More Water, Fewer Cavities, Better Health
Among Native Americans, tooth decay wasn’t too common before the arrival of the Europeans. Young people seldom suffered from it: it was usually associated with aging. But this all changed once the Europeans introduced white sugar and other non-indigenous foods. In general, as Weston Price showed, when communities switch from native to Western style diets, […]
A Dentist Speaks Out Against Fluoride
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Why Do We Have Two Sets of Natural Teeth in Our Lifetimes?
Did you see the news item last week about the UK baby born with two front teeth? Premature tooth eruption is something of a rarity, occurring about once in every couple thousand births. But unless it’s linked to some other medical condition, it’s usually not of much concern beyond the discomfort it can cause a […]