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What Are “Cavitations”?

A tooth extraction isn’t just yank and all done. It’s a surgical procedure. Sometimes it’s relatively simple and straightforward; others, it’s more complex. In all cases, and like any dental or medical treatment, it involves risks. Last week, we mentioned an all too common one: the development of “cavitations.” But although it’s common, this condition […]

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Does Everyone Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Getting your wisdom teeth removed seems almost like a rite of passage to adulthood. Those third molars usually start pushing through in the late teens – with some stress on the word “usually.” A good number of people don’t have the full set of four, if any at all. (For why that might be, check […]

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Sparkling Water & Your Teeth

As long as we’re on the subject of beverages, let’s take a look at yet another type you’ll find near soft drinks, teas and juices: sparkling water. What makes sparkling water sparkle is carbonation – the infusion of carbon dioxide gas into water. Here’s how it works: The process makes the water more acidic than […]

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Is 100% Fruit Juice Better Than Soda for Kids’ Teeth?

For parents with kids who love soda pop, substituting 100% fruit juice may seem like a victory. But it’s a small one. Although the label can make it sound super healthy with claims of “no added sugar,” the fact of the matter is, even 100% fruit juice is already mostly sugar. There’s about as much […]

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“I’d Rather Have a Root Canal Than…”

It may be the most popular cliché for emphasizing something you don’t want to do: “I’d rather have a root canal than….” You even see pollsters use it in their questions – such as last year’s survey which found that Congress is even more unpopular than the procedure (by 24%)! A more recent – and […]

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What Makes a Biological Dentist Different from a “Regular” Dentist?

Our thanks to the office of Houston biological dentist Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us republish his essay on our blog. You’ll find the original post here, on his office’s blog. What Is a Biological Dentist? By William P. Glaros, DDS A Biological Dentist is a licensed dentist who uses the greatest elements and practices […]

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Biological Dentistry Loses a Pioneer: Dr. Hal Huggins

As we’ve noted, it’s not like dentists never knew about the problem with mercury amalgam until now. Not even 10 years after they came into use, one dentist described it to the first class of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery as one of the most objectionable articles for filling teeth that can be employed, […]

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Gratitude 9 Ways

Here’s something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: practicing gratitude can be a boon to your health. Repeatedly, scientific research has shown gratitude’s benefits to mental, social and physical health alike. It’s a stress buster and immune booster. That’s reason enough to make gratitude an everyday thing – not just a one- or two-day-a-year thing. […]

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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really All That?

Even Consumer Reports seems less than fully committal, saying that a “good soft-bristled manual toothbrush” is good enough – presuming “you take the time and effort” – but that powered brushes can be helpful. But they can also be pricey – up to nearly $150 pricey. CR sounds a little skeptical as to whether any […]

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Gum Disease vs. the World (or, How to Not Be Among the 11%)

According to a review recently published in the Journal of Dental Research, more than 700 million people globally have severe gum disease. That’s more than the populations of most countries. It’s 11% of the world. And that makes it the 6th most prevalent health problem in the world. (And if your gums are red, receded […]

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