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Reduce Your Risk of Becoming an Oral Cancer Statistic

If you’re like most, you get lots of health screenings from lots of providers each year. Gynecologists run annual Pap smears. Urologists screen for prostate cancer. Primary care physicians conduct annual physicals to look for all kinds of potential health concerns. So why would it be any different with your dentist? Of course, as we […]

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Dental Ozone Is for More Than Just Fighting Pathogens

When you hear about ozone in dentistry, it’s usually about its power to fight infection. That power comes courtesy of a third oxygen atom that turns “breathing” oxygen (O2) into ozone (O3). This makes the molecule unstable. It really wants to lose that extra atom and become “regular” oxygen once again. That instability is what […]

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“Wellness” Is More than Just Another Status Symbol

Remember this Julia Louise-Dreyfus ad for Old Navy? As ads go, it’s pretty funny. It also gives a nod to one of the big myths about living healthfully – when Louise-Dreyfus, gushing over another woman’s outfit, exclaims, “My kale smoothie [costs] more than that!” Healthy, goes the conventional wisdom, is expensive. Very expensive. More than […]

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Is Your Mouth Too Small for Your Tongue?

We live in an era of medical specialists.  Cardiologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, gastroenterologists – each tends to focus on parts rather than the whole being. Yet as science continues to evolve, there is ever more evidence that oral health is intimately linked to overall health. While the cardiologist who focuses on hearts may never take mouths […]

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Modern High Copper Amalgams Exhibit Two New Traits of Increased Instability.

A recent study in BioMetals offers a scientific indictment on mercury emissions from modern dental amalgam fillings – proving once again that science is on our side. The study points out what we know, all types of dental amalgams contain mercury, which partly is emitted as mercury vapor. All types of dental amalgams corrode after […]

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When Should Your Child See a Dentist?

If you’re a new parent, you have a lot on your plate. As part of your new responsibilities, you’ll at some point wonder when to bring your child to the dentist. You may have heard that dental organizations recommend parents schedule their child’s first appointment before the first birthday. These organizations believe that early intervention […]

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Citing No Evidence of Harm, EPA Denies Petition to Ban Fluoride in Drinking Water

For a third time, the Fluoride Action Network has petitioned the EPA to get the “F” out of our water – fluoride, that is. And once again, the agency denied the petition that would have banned the practice of fluoridating US water supplies. Rather than exercising caution and employing the precautionary principle, the EPA’s ruling squarely places a legal […]

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Chronic Stress Does No Part of Your Body Good

A little stress now and then is okay – a good thing, in fact. It’s what helps you respond to any kind of threat or challenge. And it’s unavoidable. As Hans Selye, the endocrinologist who first identified the stress response, put it, To eliminate stress completely would mean to destroy life itself. If you make […]

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Cellphones, Salivary Glands, & Cancer

Meet the parotid gland: It’s the largest of your salivary glands, and there’s one on each side of your mouth. They’re on the insides of your cheeks, just in front of your ears. That makes them particularly vulnerable to cellphone radiation. Through the years, a fair amount of research has been done on the role […]

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From Our Archives: Unexplained Dental Pain Explained – Tooth Extractions, Cavitations, & the Periodontal Ligament

By Michael G. Rehme, DDS, CCN Removing a tooth is certainly an unfortunate event for a patient both physically and emotionally. However, having the tooth properly extracted may prevent health related complications from occurring in years to come. There are two important steps to follow when removing a tooth: First, it is imperative to remove […]

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