The health insurance legislation passed last March has raised a lot of questions for a lot of people: how it will work, what will be covered, and so on. Consumer Reports has been doing a good job of periodically providing answers on their Health Blog, including one that touched on issues highly relevant to both […]
The Health Care Bill, Dentistry & CAM
Tidying Up a Messed Up Diet
Check out this Kroger ad (via Mark’s Daily Apple): Apparently, vegetables, fruit and nuts aren’t “natural.” Chips and electrolyte-spiked water are. No wonder our diets are so messed up, our overall nutrition so poor. “Natural” is no longer a quality but a marketing gimmick. Truly natural food – whole, unprocessed and sustainably grown – isn’t […]
What You Need to Know about Mercury Amalgam Removal
The use of mercury in fillings and other dental treatments continues to be common, despite the fact that mercury is a poison and can have adverse health effects. Complications like Dental Amalgam Syndrome can cause memory loss, respiratory problems, and a host of other issues. At Smile Boston we use materials that help to safeguard your oral and overall wellbeing.
Eating Well for Good Oral Health
In the 1930s, the great dental researcher Weston A. Price traveled the world, investigating the effects of diet on human dentition. From the Swiss Alps to the Peruvian Andes, from Africa to the South Seas, he found one commonality among all people he met: those who ate traditional diets made up of indigenous foods had […]
Does Fluoride Really Prevent Cavities?
Conventional wisdom has it that fluoride prevents caries (cavities), and, as with many things, a lot of people tend to think that more is better. So dentists give fluoride treatments and supplements. Cities fluoridate public water supplies. This is sensible insurance, we’re told; good, preventive medicine. Photobucket No doubt the intentions of fluoride […]
Silver Fillings, Toxic Teeth
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Understanding How Cigarette Smoke Destroys Your Gums
fxp/Flickr A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the effects of secondhand smoke on children’s dental health. In passing, I also mentioned how smoking affects the smoker’s oral health, as well – especially the strongly increased risk of periodontal disease and associated bone and tooth loss. We’ve known about this link for quite a […]
Options for Repairing or Restoring Your Teeth
Not all tooth-repair and tooth-restoration options are made the same. When choosing a treatment, it's important to use materials which are biocompatible and safe to use. These include tooth-colored ceramics, such as porcelain filings, and composites, such as diamond crowns.
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 […]
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 […]