Bad Breath: Can You Smell The Cause?

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Can the odor be described as rotten, foul or unclean, musky, strong, pungent, rancid, rank? Dental professionals can strengthen their role as trusted gatekeepers of systemic and oral health by developing their sense of smell to diagnose breath malodor. It’s subjective nature is problematic. Sinusitis, allergies, smells in the operatory, diet and medications can all interfere with an accurate organoleptic …

#1 On Your Priority List: You

Some dental professionals do a cursory screening; some do a very thorough one.  There is no standard or required level of quality, except one: an oral cancer screening should be performed at every dental check-up. I spoke with a dentist (about 50 years old) who told me she never learned how to perform an oral cancer screening in dental school so she doesn’t …

Triclosan Trickle Effect: An Anti-Bacterial Pesticide

When ‘Anti-Bacterial’ soaps came on the market, the additional ingredient was triclosan. It was first created for hospital use but quickly spread to the mass market for use in:   antibacterial soaps and shampoos (Dial, Softsoap, Clerasil…) skin cleansing wipes (SaniCart) toothpaste (Colgate Total…) deodorants (Old Spice, Right Guard…) shaving gels (Gilette…) childrens toys (Playskool…) brake fluids (STP, Valvoline, Penzzoil…) antibacterial …

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HPV Negative: So What Was the Cause of Your Oral Cancer if it wasn’t Tobacco?

Nancy: I was diagnosed at age 54. I was a very light smoker and quit altogether at 30.  They attribute my oral cancer to tobacco.  But I have my own idea about it – I used to chew a pack a day of Trident or some other sugar-free gum, chewing constantly. Food for thought. Ed: I used Listerine 3-5 per a day for years …

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Dental Implants: An Accidental Discovery

Dr. Branemark, an orthopedic surgeon and research professor, was studying how blood flow affects bone healing and implanted titanium into the feet of rabbits. When he discovered he couldn’t remove the titanium because it integrated with the bone, he realized titanium could anchor artificial teeth. This accidental discovery took years to market because it was the belief that anything foreign …