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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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From Our Archives: A Dentist Is More than a Mouth Mechanic

Pop culture isn’t always kind to dentists. Likewise, news media often goes to town when a person who happens to be a dentist acts like a horrible human being – ala Cecil the Lion’s killer. No less sensational are stories about unlicensed dentists practicing in their garages, dental procedures gone awry, and “how your dentist […]

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The Still SAD State of the Standard American Diet – & How to Make Yours Happier

You probably already know full well that a healthy diet includes lots of fruits and vegetables. You probably buy organic whenever possible, maybe even have a membership with your local CSA. If so, you’re exceptional. According to the USDA’s latest Ag and Food Statistics report, most Americans still eat well below the recommended amount of […]

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Teaching Kids about Teeth

Helping children learn more about their bodies and how they work is a key part of nurturing healthy habits. That includes their teeth – the topic of a new children’s book we were recently given a copy of. Open Wide by St. Louis writer Susan Grigsby is a richly illustrated journey through a wide range […]

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How Dentistry Can Be Hazardous to Health

When you think about dangerous jobs, dentistry probably doesn’t spring to mind. Yet according to a recent article over at Business Insider, four of the five most hazardous jobs involve dental workers. Hygienists were found to have the riskiest jobs, followed by dentists, vet assistants and lab animal caretakers, dental lab techs, and dental assistants. […]

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