When it comes to the end of one year and the start of a new one, there’s plenty of tradition to go around: noisemakers and fireworks at midnight, a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne,” resolutions, college football…and top 10 lists for anything and everything most everywhere you look.
Who are we to forgo tradition?
And in fact, even as we look ahead to a brand new year of sharing ideas and info on attaining and sustaining optimum dental and systemic health through holistic, biological dentistry, it’s good to reflect a bit on where we’ve been, what brought us to now.
One of those things is, of course, YOU – without whom this blog simply would not exist. You and tens of thousands of others like you – interested in taking charge of your own health and well-being through natural, life-supporting means – have visited here over the past year from over 100 countries around the world. You have commented and shared our posts, and all of us here at the office are deeply grateful for your ongoing readership and support.
And what were you most interested in learning more about? Here are the posts that were viewed and shared most often in 2013:
Should You Be Concerned About BPA in Composite (White) Fillings?
As the case for dental mercury grows weaker and weaker, you can see its champions changing tactics to support their use of this dental material.Instead of addressing evidence of its toxicity, they praise its longevity, durability and ease of use. They say that the mercury used in amalgam isn’t “the bad kind” (that is, methylmercury), glossing the fact that the vapor released from fillings becomes methylated in the mouth and elsewhere in the body.
And if all else fails, they turn to the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in some kinds of composite (“white filling”) materials.
But while ALL amalgam fillings contain mercury, NOT all composites contain BPA…keep reading
- Floss First, Then Brush & Rinse
The rinsing part should seem common sense, no? After all, you’ve just loosened food debris, broken up bacterial colonies and moved microbes all around your mouth. They aren’t all removed from your mouth by floss and your toothbrush, nor do they just disappear…keep reading
- Organics vs.GMOs
Opponents of GMOs point to a long list of harmful effects. These include organ damage, disorders of the gastrointestinal and immune systems, reduced fertility and even accelerated aging. The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) thus suggests physicians prescribe non-GMO diets for all their patients, and the US’ largest managed healthcare organization, Kaiser Permanente, is advising members to avoid GMOs, as well…keep reading
Another Key Nutrient for Healthy Teeth & Bone: Vitamin K
Vitamin D plays a critical role in maintaining a healthy smile. Like magnesium, it helps your body better absorb and assimilate calcium. In fact, according to a 2011 study published in Nutrients, when it comes to improving bone health, this nutritional combo – D and calcium – proves better than any drug for rebuilding bone.
But there’s another important nutrient in this dynamic: vitamin K…keep reading
Dentin Defense: How Your Teeth Keep Themselves Healthy & Whole
Believe it or don’t, but the idea that sugar causes cavities? Not exactly true.
So why are dentists so down on the stuff? Because it’s the favorite food of the pathogenic microbes that cause tooth decay and gum disease, and as they say, what goes in must come out. In this case, what comes out is so acidic, it can wreck the strongest tissue in your body, tooth enamel – which also happens to be the only tissue your body can’t make more of. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Fortunately, your teeth have a way of protecting themselves…keep reading
- Reactions to the Dr. Oz Mercury Amalgam Show
There’s been a lot of great commentary on the mercury amalgam episode Dr. Oz aired back in March. One of the most compelling reflections is this article by biological dentist Dr. Mark Breiner, which he has graciously allowed us to republish…keep reading
- What Is “Minimally Invasive Dentistry”?
Maybe you’ve heard the term “minimally invasive dentistry.” It certainly sounds great, but what does it mean exactly – especially for a biological dentist?…keep reading
Salt, Mercury & Autoimmune Disorders
Everything that lives needs salt.
Salt regulates water content and blood pressure. It helps maintain acid-alkaline balance and supports the nervous system and adrenal glands. In the truest sense of the word, it is a vital mineral compound.
Yet all salt is not created equal…keep reading
Even More Concern About GMO Corn
Not only is 88% of domestic corn genetically modified, but derived products such as high fructose corn syrup and corn starch ensure that the stuff shows up even where you wouldn’t expect it.
If research holds up, it gives us one of the sharpest pictures yet of how it’s not just what’s in GMO corn that’s a problem (toxins) but what’s not in it (nutritional value) that contributes to the sub-optimal health and increased health problems documented by an ever growing body of research on GMOs…keep reading
Why Would You Want Antique X-rays?
Does your physician order x-rays every time you come in, whether or not you have symptoms or visible signs of internal illness or elevated risk for any particular health problem, just to make sure they’re not missing anything?
Why, then, should your dentist?
No, it makes more sense to take x-rays only when needed: a full-mouth series before treatment begins and then as conditions warrant. In our office, Dr. Glaros calls for x-rays only when needed to help with diagnosis and treatment. They are always digital (which reduces radiation exposure by up to 90% compared with traditional film) and never “routine.”
And when you consider the better quality, convenience and environmental friendliness of digital x-rays, why would you even want to stick with the old way of doing things?…keep reading
Is there a topic you’d like to hear more about? Questions you’d like to have answered about biological dentistry? Let us know what you’d like to see on our blog through the coming months. Leave your suggestions here in the comments or post them on our Facebook page, or tweet them to us @drglaros. We’d love to hear from you!
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