The average U.S. adult has ten fillings that make use of mercury, a poisonous heavy metal know for its extreme toxicity. Dr. Erwin has been a mercury-free dentist since the mid-1970s and has long campaigned against the use of mercury in dental treatments. He answers some frequently asked questions on mercury amalgam.
Mercury Amalgam FAQ
Are You Only Partway Cleaning Your Teeth?
Brushing and flossing go together. Most of us know this, but while most of us manage to brush at least twice a day, only about half of us floss even once a day. In other words, half of us are only partway cleaning our teeth. A toothbrush can remove biofilm (plaque) from the exposed surfaces […]
A Nanosilver Bullet against Tooth Decay?
We’re often overwhelmed by choice. Just think of your local supermarket and its aisles brimming with so many dozens of kinds of breakfast cereal, soup, crackers, cookies and other products. Most of the time when we do our shopping, we don’t pay attention to the plentitude. When we do become aware of it, it can […]
Nutrition & Your Amazing, Self-Healing Teeth
When people ask how I became a holistic dentist, I like to tell them that I was born into it. My mother was committed to natural health and holistic living, so that was the environment I grew up in. Eating a nutrient-rich, whole foods diet, getting plenty of physical activity, balancing work and play – […]
How Cavities Happen
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Optimal Dental Restorations
Dr. Erwin guides you through the different considerations you should make before deciding upon a dental treatment. All patients are unique in circumstance and in the features of their oral anatomy, and an optimal treatment should be tailored to these particular characteristics.
Dealing with TMJ Pain/TMD
There are a lot of reasons why you might have jaw, face, head or neck pain. One of the most common involves the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. This is the hinge that lets your mouth open and close, and you have one on each side of your head. Here’s what a healthy, functioning TM joint […]
Mr. Greenjeans/Flickr Saliva. Spit. Slobber. Dribble. Drool. The words do sound gross. Yet saliva – a substance that’s 98% water – is totally important to your dental and digestive health. Its main roles include Kicking off the digestive process, as enzymes in the saliva start to break down the food we eat. Washing away […]
The Health Care Bill, Dentistry & CAM
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 […]