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The Ongoing Debate: Are Unsaturated Fats Really Any Better for You?

You can hardly turn your head in the grocery store without running into “low-fat” options – not to mention products labeled “fat-free” or even “naturally fat-free.” Those who buy these kinds of products may also have switched long ago from butter to margarine and learned to look on egg yolks with disdain. What caused this […]

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Antibiotic-Happy Dentistry

Most folks aren’t surprised when their dentist prescribes an antibiotic. It’s so common, so expected that patients don’t pause to ask why they need the drugs to begin with. Or what the side effects might be. Or what alternatives are available. Over 24 million prescriptions are written by dentists each year, and these are general […]

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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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