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A Big Step Away from Mercury Amalgam

There once was a time when nearly all dentists made their “silver” fillings with mercury amalgam. Today, about half of all US dentists are mercury-free. Several countries around the world have already banned or are phasing down use of this toxic material. And now, the European Union as a whole has agreed to a partial […]

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The New Vital Sign? Your Level of Aerobic Fitness

You know the usual list of cardiovascular risk factors – smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic stress, gum disease, and the like. Now the American Heart Association (AHA) is charting a new course in the prevention of heart disease. In a new scientific statement, the AHA says that aerobic fitness should be considered a […]

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The Tiny Seed That Packs a Big Nutritional Punch: Quinoa

When you think about nutritious foods, you realize pretty quickly that there’s an abundance available to us. Good thing, because providing your body with the nutrition it needs requires a diverse diet. Still, we’d like to draw your attention to one particular food that you may have heard of but not yet tried: quinoa. It’s […]

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Wondering About the Difference Between a Holistic & Conventional Dentist?

Let’s face it: When people hear about holistic or biological dentistry for the first time, they have questions, starting with “How is that different from regular dentistry?” Let us count the ways… Whole Body Health A holistic dentist seeks first to understand the whole you. We want to build a relationship focused on your health. […]

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A Small Victory for Teeth? Soda & Tobacco Taxes Win

While the presidential election certainly took center stage this past week, election night also resulted in four cities passing new taxes on soda and sugary beverages, as well as California opting to raise tobacco taxes. Voters in San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany gave the green light to a penny-per-ounce tax levy on sugar sweetened beverages. […]

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Mouth Microbes Found in the Gut Can Turn Carcinogenic

Did you know that a common mouth microbe, Fusobacterium nucleatum, can promote colon cancer? This microbe – a player in gum disease, as well – has the potential to become pathogenic (harmful) when found in the gut. But how? A recent study in Cell Host & Microbe points the way. It’s the first study to […]

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Tooth Infections, Even Hidden Ones, May Affect Your Heart

According to a recent study out of the University of Helsinki, an infection at the root tip of a tooth increases your risk of coronary artery disease – even if you have no symptoms. And many people with that kind of infection – known as an abscess – don’t. When tooth trauma affects a tooth, […]

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European Union to Phase Out ALL Mercury Amalgam Use

When it comes to dental amalgam, Europe is a step ahead of the US. The Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry recently announced that the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted overwhelmingly to phase out all mercury amalgam use by December 31, 2022. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. There are two more stages in […]

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Sticky Business: In the Interests of Sugar or Public Health?

No doubt, you’ve heard about the recently released documents that reveal how the sugar industry bribed scientists in the 1960s to dismiss the link between sugar and heart disease. This corruption buried concerns about sugar’s relationship with heart disease for 50 years, while saturated fat was claimed to be the singular villain of the heart. […]

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Periodontal Maintenance: More Than “Just a Cleaning”

When it comes to dental procedures, we know it can get confusing. It’s not you, it’s the terminology. Sure, “dental cleaning” sounds a whole lot friendlier than “prophylactic hygiene visit,” but it can also muddle things a bit. For not all cleanings are equal. If your appointment is for a “routine cleaning,” generally speaking, you […]

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