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In Defence of the Maligned Root Canal

4 Feb 2022

Over the course of my thirty-five-plus years of practicing dentistry, I have been asked many questions concerning the safety of various dental agents and materials, most notably silver fillings and...

Acrylic Encounters

1 Sep 2021

In a classic scene from the movie “How to Marry a Millionaire,” Marilyn Monroe shows off her shapely legs as she sunbathes wearing see-through acrylic shoes and little else. The history of this...

Hal the Healer and Others of His Ilk

30 Jul 2021

A large crowd surrounded Hal the Healer's platform in the middle 1800s. Before beginning, Hal signaled his band to strike up a lively tune. Why? Because Hal was preparing to pull a tooth and the...

What is that smell when I get a root canal done?

8 Jan 2021

Undergoing a root canal procedure is not one of the great pleasures of life, but it is a highly effective technique for saving teeth. The idea is to remove the diseased pulp of a tooth and then...

The Great Floss Debate

19 Feb 2020

Dental patients around the globe were ecstatic following a 2016 Associated Press article disputing the merits of flossing in preventing cavities and gum disease. No more shaming during routine...

Holistic Dentistry; Full of……Wholes

31 Jan 2020

Definition of Holistic UK /həˈlɪs.tɪk/ US /hoʊlˈɪs.tɪk/ dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part.

To Drill or Not to Drill, That Is the Question

1 May 2019

Aaah, those leisurely Saturday mornings. More recently, mine began over coffee while perusing through the latest edition of the OSS weekly digest. Being a dentist, I’m always on the lookout for...

Dentists can treat cavities without using a drill

12 Apr 2019

What if your dentist could apply a gel to your cavities (or dental caries) that would soften necrotic tissue but leave your healthy dentin alone, allowing the affected tooth tissue to simply be...

Beavers Have Metal Teeth

13 Jun 2018

I once broke my tooth on some toffee my mom made. Every time I see a beaver, I think of that day and wonder how they can gnaw on trees all day without chipping an incisor when I couldn’t even...

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