It’s hard to believe, but next year will mark our blog’s 10th anniversary – a blog that began as another way to help our patients take charge of their mouth/body health, as well as teach others about holistic and biological dentistry.
Teaching, after all, is central to a biological practice like ours, where we emphasize prevention first – no teeth are better than the ones you were born with – and truly informed consent when treatment is needed. That means understanding not just what the procedure is and how it works, but why it’s needed, its risks and benefits, as well as alternatives, including the option of no treatment at all.
We encourage our patients to take an active role in their care, partnering in the healing process.
There’s much to look forward to in the coming year – in our practice and in the life of this blog. But first, let’s take a quick look back at the most popular posts of 2022:
1. New Research on the Potential Health Impacts of “Silver” Mercury Amalgam Fillings
In this post from last January, we looked at a pair of studies highlighting the potential links between mercury exposure and two chronic, inflammatory conditions: asthma and arthritis.
2. Mouth/Body Connections: Gum Health & Lung, Brain, & Heart Health
A vast amount of research has been done on the links between gum disease and systemic health problems. This past summer, we looked at a trio of studies on three of these mouth/body relationships.
3. Oh, the Improvement Porcelain Veneers Can Bring!
Porcelain veneers are thinner than composite ones, less apt to stain, and don’t require us to remove so much natural tooth structure. They can be used to correct quite a few dental issues, from chips to tooth wear to gaps and more. They’re durable, too, as a study published last February showed.
4. The Power of Dental Ozone Over Gum Disease
Ozone is among the most versatile therapies we use in our office for its antimicrobial power. In this post from just a couple months back, we looked at a new study of its effectiveness in treating severe gum disease.
5. Allergic to Dental Floss: Bad Joke or Real Deal?
Prompted by a case report on patient reactions to PFAS in dental floss, we highlighted both the problem of PFAS in some brands of dental floss, as well as PFAS-free options and alternative tools for interdental cleaning.
Considering our upcoming blogiversary, we thought it would be fun, too, to put together a list of the most popular posts this past year overall, regardless of publication date. Some of these are rather recent, while others date back to our blog’s very first year. That includes the one that tops the list:
- The Meridian System: A Map to the Body
- Essential Oils for TMJ Pain
- With Oral Cancer, Early Detection Is Key
- 56% of Dentists Say “No” to Fluoridation
- Yes, Kombucha Can Be Terrible for Your Teeth. Here’s How to Keep Them Safe
- Mouth & Throat Cancers Still on the Rise – Ways You Can Lower Your Risk
- Ozone at Home
- Is Erythritol Really All That?
- Coffee: Damaging to Your Teeth & Gums – or Not?
- Metal Dental Implants Can Cause Problems