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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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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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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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EPA Rule Finalized: Mercury Amalgam Separators a Must

An early Christmas gift arrived last week: The EPA finalized its new rule for reducing mercury discharges from dental offices. That mercury, of course, comes courtesy of the amalgam used to make so-called “silver” fillings. Amalgam is about 50% mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Strict safety protocols are needed whenever it’s handled, but these – unfortunately […]

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Transforming from Driller to Bio Dentist

Most people don’t realize that dentists are doctors of dental surgery. That’s what the DDS stands for, in fact. It starts to make sense if you think about what happens when you have a tooth filled. It’s a surgical procedure. There’s local anesthetic, removal of infection, and closure of the wound. And as with any […]

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Your Health Ally, Your Hygienist

What’s the secret to social acceptance, upward mobility, meaningful relationships, quality employment options, and positive self-esteem? Your smile. Yes, poor oral health really can determine whether you reach the top rung of your potential ladder – or not. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “top rung” kind of person, lots can get […]

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A Must-Read: Dr. James Rota’s Mirror of the Body

While it’s probable that a dentist will place more foreign material in your body than any other medical practitioner, it’s rare to hear an honest accounting about the practice of doing so. Perhaps that’s what makes Dr. James Rota’s Mirror of the Body such an intriguing book. While on one hand a memoir of the […]

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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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Since Big Sugar Paid the Piper

The sugar industry could not deny the role of sucrose in dental caries [cavities] given the scientific evidence. They therefore adopted a strategy to deflect attention to public health interventions that would reduce the harms of sugar consumption rather than restricting intake. That’s the key finding of research recently published in PLOS Medicine. Examining internal […]

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More Progress Toward a Mercury-Free Future

Even if you’ve never had a “silver” mercury amalgam filling in your mouth, you’re still affected by them day in and day out. Improper or careless disposal of amalgam waste ultimately pollutes our water, our air, our food – in short, all the stuff of our existence. In fact, it accounts for about half of […]

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