While 2020 is a year that a good many of us would probably prefer to forget, there are also things that make it worth remembering. For one, it’s the year that the FDA changed its tune on mercury amalgam, recommending against its use in about 60% of the US population. It’s also the year that plaintiffs made real headway in their case against the EPA on the matter of fluoridation.
Such accomplishments are worth raising a glass to as this challenging year draws to a close.
And while COVID understandably dominated health headlines this year, there was also plenty of other new research enriching our understanding of mouth/body health – something that’s reflected in this year’s 10 most viewed posts on our blog:
- Is Your Toothpaste Helping or Harming Your Teeth?
Some toothpastes can be way too abrasive. Here’s what you need to know to make smart toothpaste choices.
- Is There a Link Between COVID-19 & Oral Health?
A look at some of the early emerging research on the role that conditions in the mouth might play in COVID severity and transmission.
- The Fluoridation Fight Moves Forward
This year, plaintiffs led by the Fluoride Action Network sued the EPA to end the practice of adding fluoride to public water systems. This post reviews some key actions leading up to the summertime trial, the next step of which is now scheduled for January 7 of next year.
- The Microbial Battle in Your Mouth
We continue to learn about all the ways in which harmful bacteria in your mouth actually do their dirty work. Here, we look at a new study on one of the major players in tooth decay: S. mutans.
- The Challenges of a Root Canal
The basic problem with root canal teeth is lingering infection that can spread to other parts of the body. This post takes a brief tour of what some of the latest research has to say on the matter.
- There’s Another Dr. Rehme in the House
This past summer, Dr. Rehme’s son Michael graduated from the dental school at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and joined his father’s practice. Here, we introduce you to “Dr. Michael.”
- Even More About Cavitations
Cavitations are sometimes referred to as “hidden infections” in the jawbone, since the healthy tissue that typically covers them makes them hard to see. But they can wreak havoc on your overall health and well-being. In this post, we share a podcast in which two experts – Dr. Stuart Nunnally and Dr. Jerry Bouquot – discuss the matter in depth.
- Cancer, the Oral Microbiome, & the Tooth-Body Connection
A look at some of the newest research on the relationship between oral health and cancer.
- FDA Takes a Step Forward on “Silver” Mercury Amalgam Fillings
In October, the FDA changed its tune on mercury fillings, recommending it not be used in certain high-risk groups that account for roughly 60% of the US population. You can get all the details here.
- Mercury Released from “Silver” Fillings Doesn’t Just Disappear
Some dentists still say that the loss of mercury from “silver” amalgam fillings is so small as to be insignificant. New research powerfully challenges that notion.
Here’s hoping that you and your family enjoy a safe and festive holiday season this year – and that 2021 brings good things to you and yours. After all we’ve collectively endured this year, we certainly deserve it!
We’ll see you back here after the first of the year…