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High-Power MRIs Shown to Release Mercury from Amalgam “Silver” Fillings

Here’s a blunt truth: Mercury amalgam fillings are no friend to your health. As we’ve discussed before, When a person has these so-called “silver” fillings, mercury vapor is outgassed with every bite and swallow. Even something as benign as brushing your teeth can release vast amounts of vapor, which then gets inhaled and makes its […]

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Beyond Fluoride: Tungsten & Other Harmful Water Contaminates

We’ve recently talked about how fluoridation of public water supplies does more harm than good. And we all know that lead has no place in your drinking water. But these aren’t the only water contaminants that are cause for concern. Consider tungsten, a heavy metal that has many modern industrial applications. With the highest melting […]

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From Our Archives: 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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Root Canal Teeth & Systemic Disease

Root canals are often a last resort attempt to save diseased teeth. They’re also potential harbors for toxic bacterial infections. New research in the journal Dentistry offers further evidence of the link between root canal teeth and systemic illness. The root canal itself is the area inside each tooth that normally contains living tissue called […]

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Don’t Let E. coli Steal Your Leafy Greens

It’s no surprise that consumer confidence in leafy greens has plummeted since E. coli traced to romaine lettuce sickened hundreds of individuals, put 89 in the hospital, and killed five. What’s unfortunate is that it may be scaring folks away from any kind of leafy greens. Romaine sales are down nearly 45% from a year […]

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Sometimes a Toothache Isn’t Really a Toothache

If your teeth hurt, it usually means that you have a dental issue. But “usually” isn’t always. Sometimes tooth pain can have nothing to do with the teeth at all. One of the most common causes of non-dental toothache is pain from the muscles involved in chewing. These are some of the most used muscles […]

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Don’t Grind Your Teeth Away

How much sleep do you get each night? Did you know that it might affect your teeth? A recent Korean study found that sleeping too little or too much meant more tooth loss than among those who slept 6 to 8 hours nightly. It also meant more diabetes, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and periodontitis. All of […]

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Tea’s Potential Impact on the Microbes in Your Mouth

Tea is infamous for staining teeth. It’s also slightly acidic – even more so if sugar or lemon is added. Yet there’s also a good amount of evidence that it could help support your oral health. The latest is a study just published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which suggests that tea may boost […]

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Micronutrients for Healthy Gums

Good nutrition is essential for fighting gum disease. But which nutrients matter most? The nutrients in your food can be classified as macronutrients or micronutrients. Macronutrients are the ones needed in relatively large amounts: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They fuel the body and provide many of the vital structural components from which it’s made. Micronutrients […]

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Gum Disease Treatment May Ease Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you how gum disease can affect your overall health – and how evidence suggests that treating it may ease the symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Now, new research suggests periodontal therapy may help control symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well. It makes sense that […]

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