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Bruxism can create up to 10 times more pressure on your molars than chewing

Is Stress Taking it’s Toll on Your Teeth?

The economy is bad. Unemployment is high. Real estate values are low… It’s a stressful time for many — if not most — families in America right now. But who’s taking the worst of it? Who — or what — is the biggest punching bag for all our stress? It’s possibly our teeth. In a recent New York Times article (When Stress Takes a Toll...

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The Alternatives to Root Canals

The Alternatives to Root Canals

We talk a lot about the alternatives to root canals typically the only alternative mentioned is extraction of the tooth. But is that really the only alternative? Surely there must be other options, right? This was the question posed by Sean after listening to recent podcasts (Root Canals, Infections, Formaldehyde, Oh My!). The truth is, there are other alternatives depending on the situation. We’ll try...

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Is Your Health Negotiable? Washington State Thinks So….

In an interesting health move, Washington State has suspended the safety levels of mercury in vaccines for a 6-month period in order to ensure more people have access to the H1N1 vaccine. The decision allows pregnant women and children under the age of 3 to receive versions of the H1N1 vaccine that would otherwise have been deemed dangerous due to the amounts of thimerosal and...

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How is holistic dental care different?

What Is Holistic Dentistry? How is it Different from Traditional Dentistry?

As an holistic dentist (and former “traditional” dentist and dental school professor) I frequently get asked about the differences between “traditional” and “holistic” dentistry. While there are a few distinct differences that categorize dentists and dental practices into one group or the other, the truth is that every dentist is different and to place one dentist in the “holistic” group and another in the “traditional”...

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FDA: “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses”

FDA: “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses”

It’s long been known that mercury is a neurotoxin and that amalgam fillings contain mercury. People who espouse that mercury amalgam fillings are not dangerous typically point to the FDA’s position that the “silver” fillings are “safe.” While the FDA has not banned mercury fillings (in fact, they have classified them as a Class II material: FDA Classifies Dental Amalgam Fillings as Class II (Moderate...

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