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Mercury Awareness Week 2017

The Movement Toward Mercury-Free Dentistry

Now that the Minamata Convention on Mercury has gone into force (yay!), maybe we’ll start to see change come at a faster clip. But for now, dental students – with very few exceptions – continue to be taught to place mercury amalgam fillings, just as earlier generations were taught. While some dental students may question […]

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Change Your Diet, Reverse Gum Disease?

If you just change what you eat, could it help reverse gum disease? Even if you don’t change your hygiene habits at all? A small but compelling German study in BMC Oral Health suggests yes. For two months, an experimental group switched from their regular diet to low carb. Their new diet was also rich […]

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Better Health (and Healthcare) Means Reuniting Mouth & Body

There was a sobering headline on Bloomberg last week: According to the latest statistics, we now spend nearly $10,000 on healthcare per person each year, yet our life expectancy is far lower than dozens of other developed nations. We’re number one in the world in spending, yet 27th in terms of life expectancy, just below […]

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Is Birch Water the New “Miracle” Drink?

Suddenly, everyone’s talking about birch water. A report this week on the 2017 Fancy Food Show calls it “the new coconut water.” Glowing descriptions of just how healthy it is are easy enough to find. Birch water has cleansing and detoxifying properties, particularly for the liver and kidney. It helps ease water retention due to […]

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Fake Sweetness, Real Effects

A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal offers the latest confirmation of an irony: “Diet” soda won’t help you keep weight off. But wait. It gets worse. As the Washington Post reported, “The study found that not only were artificial sweeteners dodgy when it came to weight management, but people who drank them […]

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Finally, Some Movement on Mercury Regulation

This past Friday, a requirement went into effect after years of research and concerns about mercury pollution from dental offices. All offices that regularly handle mercury amalgam now must have amalgam separators installed to keep this neurotoxin out of waste water. EPA expects compliance with this final rule will annually reduce the discharge of mercury […]

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Essential Oils to Reduce Plaque & Gum Disease

With all of the known uses for essential oils – from calming aromatherapy to cleansing and plenty in between – it may come as no surprise that supporting oral health is among them. And it’s not just the spearmint or peppermint oils you might think of, although those are among the most commonly used. Others […]

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When the Tooth Is Dead but the Pathogens Linger On…

Root canal teeth are dead teeth. After all, the very procedure involves removing everything that kept it alive – all the blood vessels, nerve endings, and other tissue that make up the pulpal complex inside the tooth. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing still happening inside that tooth. A tooth becomes a candidate for root […]

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So Coconut Oil Is the Bad Guy Now?

Late last week, the internet went temporarily crazy with headlines like this one: Unfortunately, that’s not exactly what the paper being reported on was all about. The paper was an advisory from the American Heart Association on dietary fats and heart disease, and it was really no different from their usual position: replace saturated fat […]

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How Does Mercury Amalgam Removal Impact Health?

The impact of amalgam removal and detox is different for everyone. Some people experience quick improvement; others need months or more to fully recover from decades-long exposure to mercury. The experiences are different because people are different. Still, amalgam removal can bring considerable improvements even in the relatively short term. After all, you’ve removed a […]

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