Dental Care Great, Dental Health Worse?

An article in the Vancouver Sun this week suggested that Baby Boomers have “unique” dental problems. Although, as a group, Canadian Boomers “are keeping their teeth clean and healthy, they are also experiencing an increase in such problems as exposed gums, dry mouth, acute sensitivity and tooth root cavities.” We see similar trends in the […]

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Secondhand Smoke Hurts Kids’ Teeth & Gums

When we think about the health effects of smoking, the first things that come to mind are usually diseases such as cancer and emphysema. But smoking does a number on a person’s dental health, too – and far beyond simple bad breath and stained teeth. For instance, smokers are four times more likely than non-smokers […]

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Good Nutrition for Healthy Teeth

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Biological Dentistry as Real Health Care Reform

It’s interesting how so many people keep refering to the new health insurance bill as “health care reform.” For all the good things it does, it doesn’t reform health care so much as it reinforces profit-driven medicine. Like many other holistic health professionals, I believe that any real health care reform must begin with broadening […]

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Eating Well for Good Oral Health

Eating well is an important component to maintaining good overall health. Food, especially items which are sugar-heavy, can attract harmful bacteria. Dr. Erwin offers some advice on how to eat well, including switching from an acidifying to an alkalinizing diet.

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Get the Most Out of Tooth Whitening

What’s a person’s most attractive physical feature? Their smile, of course. That said, what else could it be in a survey conducted by the American Dental Association, Crest and Oral-B, and written about here by a dentist, right? But seriously: ask around and you’ll find that a great smile is indeed widely admired and something […]

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Why Doesn’t Everyone with Mercury Fillings Get Sick?

Mercury is a poison. It doesn’t belong in the human body. Yet dentists continue to put it in people’s mouths via “silver” amalgam fillings – fillings that are actually about 50% mercury. More than two-thirds of Americans have had at least one. The average adult has at least 10. And despite ADA claims, the mercury […]

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Dental Dangers: Cavitations

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Natural Ways to Deal with Stress-Induced Teeth Grinding

TrevinC/Flickr Ever since the economic meltdown, the news has been peppered with stories about dentists seeing more patients who clench their teeth, grind and brux. According to a Chicago Dental Society poll, “Nearly 75 percent of dentists surveyed said their patients reported increased stress in their lives. And 65 percent of dentists said they have […]

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Total Dentistry

By P. Vernon Erwin, DDS Biological dentistry is total dentistry. A conventional dentist is trained to look at your teeth, gums and oral tissues mainly in isolation. This sort of dentist is a kind of “mouth mechanic.” Every so often, he or she will check the state of things and provide preventive maintenance such as […]

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