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Not “Silver” but Mercury

Although current concerns about dental amalgam and mercury-related illness emerged just a few decades ago, it’s not like no one was aware of the problem before then. In fact, the nation’s first dental association – the American Society of Dental Surgeons – made a point of opposing the use of mercury. What we now know […]

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Fluoride & Informed Consent

About a year ago, voters in Portland, Oregon, said “no” to fluoridation. And since then, it seems the pace of change has really picked up, with more residents in more towns and cities standing up and saying no to this well-intentioned but misguided practice. Here in Missouri, residents in Buffalo recently gave a resounding no […]

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Biological Dentistry: Fact or Fiction?

When we talk about biological dentistry, we’re supporting a philosophy that promotes a whole body approach to healthcare that works with the body and its immune system. As a dentist, my initial concern in treating the oral cavity is to remove dental decay and infection along with supporting periodontal health. However, as a biological dentist, […]

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Biological Dentistry Offers Our Patients Choices

In the beginning of my dental career, I was taught that the importance of saving teeth was to provide a healthy, stable dentition that would support the chewing and mastication of our food. If there was decay we know how to restore it. If there was an infected tooth, we could save it by doing […]

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