ReReads: Health & Illness: More Than “If A and if B, then C”

In this 2012 post (slightly modified from the original version), Dr. Erwin discusses why dental care – like medical care – should be individualized to each patient. One of this blog’s most popular posts is an article I originally wrote for my office website, “Why Doesn’t Everyone with Mercury Fillings Get Sick?”. The short answer […]

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before and after amalgam removal

Patients Can Tell You What It’s Like to Regain a Mercury-Free Mouth

This week is Mercury-Free Dentistry Week – an occasion launched by Dr. Mercola and Consumers for Dental Choice to raise awareness about the personal and environmental health hazards of mercury amalgam “silver” fillings and encourage all to keep working toward a mercury-free future. And there’s certainly work yet to be done. Consider the recent news […]

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Treating Your Gum Disease May Improve Your Overall Health

For years, mainstream dentistry scoffed at the idea of focal infection – the idea that infection in one part of the body can affect other organs or systems. For years, it treated teeth as though they were almost separate from the body that housed them. Dentists acted as though anything that happened in the mouth […]

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Tooth & Caduceus

The Dentist as Physician

For most people, dental care is sort of like an afterthought – and the dentist, less a doctor than a technician or mouth mechanic. When “health care reform” happened, oral health barely registered a thought. Where Obamacare does address oral health, it mainly concerns dental care for children. Even then, it’s not quite the requirement […]

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GMOs & Informed Consent, Rights & Responsibilities

When purveyors of junk food are taken to task for their contributions to obesity and chronic ill health, you often hear their spokespeople, lawyers and other apologists invoke the concept of “personal responsibility.” The problem is never with their sugary, chemical-infused, hyper-processed products. The problem, they tell us, is ours. We exercise too little. We […]

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What’s Ozone Therapy & How Is It Used in Dentistry?

If you’ve read much about “alternative medicine,” you may have run across discussion of something called “ozone therapy.” But what’s that? The word “ozone” might make you think of pollution. We’ve all heard of the “hole” in the ozone layer caused by CFCs and other toxins. Maybe you’ve read that ozone is found in smog […]

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Like Mercury, BPA Deemed Warning-Worthy

There was good news from Geneva recently: 140 countries have now agreed to the global mercury treaty, several years in the making. Once ratified by 50 nations, it will become legally-binding. Its main goal is to reduce mercury emissions, and to that end, it includes steps toward a phase-out of dental amalgam. Similarly good news […]

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The Holistic Dentist Year in Review, 2012

As we enter the new year and approach our blog’s third anniversary, we take a quick look back at 2012 – a year in which our audience continued to grow. In fact, it nearly doubled over that time! And while most visits came from the US and other English-speaking countries, this blog was viewed from […]

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Effective Mercury Replacement Involves More Than Just Teeth

Through the past decade, Swedish residents whose ill health appears to stem from amalgam fillings have been able to ask their local county council for help in paying to have them replaced. But with costs an ongoing concern even in nations with universal healthcare coverage, the question gets raised: Does amalgam replacement help? This was […]

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Oral Health, Systemic Health: The Connection

A wonderful video by English dentist and naturopath Dr. Alison Adams on the basics of biological dental medicine: The whole playlist this comes from – Root Canals & Infection – is excellent, giving a good overview of many important concerns in biological dentistry. Topics include mercury and other heavy metal toxicity, cavitations, fluoride, oral galvanism […]

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