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A Note from This Year’s IABDM Meeting

This weekend, I’m in Carmel for the 25th Anniversary Meeting of the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine – a group formed by two of my California colleagues: Gary Verigin, DDS and the late Ed Arana, DDS. Back in the 1980s, after repeatedly seeing each other at seminars on the advances in dental medicine then being made in Germany, the two began to share knowledge and resources – and an eagerness to learn everything possible about this new kind of dentistry.

One evening, after a class with German naturopath Andreas Marx, they talked about bringing more of the best German biological dentists to the US to teach them. Wanting to share this knowledge with the best American dentists, they dreamt of a global network of dentists committed to biological principles. They could share knowledge, technology and insight. They could establish standards of care. They could build a canon of legitimate scientific knowledge. And there would be strength in numbers.

That evening, the American Academy of Biological Dentistry was born.

Several years ago, the name was changed to better reflect the Academy’s global membership and the integral relationship between dentistry and medicine. Yet the IABDM mission continues: providing opportunities for biological dentists, physicians and allied practitioners to meet, network and share research and knowledge that helps us provide the best integrative care to our patients.

This year (PDF), two of the key figures in the ongoing fight to end toxic dentistry will be speaking about their latest research: biochemist Dr. Boyd Haley, on the relationship between mercury exposure and Alzheimer’s disease; and
dental researcher Dr. Hal Huggins, on reasons for the astronomical rise in conditions such as MS and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Also presenting will be naturopath Dr. Louisa Williams (author of the excellent book Radical Medicine) and noted oral pathology expert Jerry Bouquot, DDS – and I’m looking forward to learning more from both of them, too.

For as I wrote before, I’m a continual student

The professional man has no right
to be other than a continuous student.

G.V. Black, DDS

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Oral Health, Physical Health


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A Dentist Speaks Out Against Fluoride

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Is There a Battery in Your Mouth?: Oral Galvanism


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How Cavities Happen


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Dealing with TMJĀ Pain/TMD

There are a lot of reasons why you might have jaw, face, head or neck pain. One of the most common involves the temporomandibular joint or TMJ. This is the hinge that lets your mouth open and close, and you have one on each side of your head. Here’s what a healthy, functioning TM joint looks like:

Suffice it to say, it doesn’t move so smoothly when it’s damaged:

(You can see more videos of the TMJ in action in this post at Know Thy Health.)

There are three main ways in which the TMJ may become damaged or dysfunctional, leading to a condition known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder):

  • Clenching, grinding and bruxing, often brought on by stress and maintained through sheer habit

  • Malocclusion, or the state of the teeth not coming together properly, which may be due to tooth removal, ill-fitting restorations or the rupture of wisdom teeth

  • Trauma, such as a blow to the jaw or whiplash, that has thrown the jaw out of alignment.

Additionally, some inflammatory and autoimmune disorders can put stress on the TMJ and adjacent muscle groups, generating pain.

While TMJ pain begins in the jaw and face, it can come to affect the neck and back, too, and can be quite debilitating. For this reason, pain relief is often the first thing people seek. While painkilling drugs may be convenient, they’re not a great long-term solution for many reasons – from potential abuse and addiction to their adding to the body’s toxic burden.

The best long-term solution involves correcting the problems putting stress on the joint – reducing grinding and clenching, for instance, or realigning the teeth or pursuing physical therapy – as well as reducing pain. Fortunately, there are gentle, nontoxic remedies available.

One of the most promising is acupuncture. Just recently, a study was published in the Journal of Orofacial Pain that found “moderate evidence that acupuncture is an effective intervention to reduce symptoms associated with TMD.”

Nineteen reports were systematically reviewed. There was moderate evidence that classical acupuncture had a positive influence beyond those of placebo (three trials, 65 participants); had positive effects similar to those of occlusal splint therapy (three trials, 160 participants); and was more effective for TMD symptoms than physical therapy (four trials, 397 participants), indomethacin plus vitamin B1 (two trials, 85 participants), and a wait-list control (three trials, 138 participants). Only two RCTs [randomized controlled trials] addressed adverse events and reported no serious adverse events.

The authors did note, however, that more studies are needed to see how well acupuncture works over the long haul.

To learn more about jaw, face, neck and back pain and dental conditions – including how dental diagnosis can be made and what types of therapies may be helpful – see my article “Why Your Jaw, Face, Head and Neck Might Hurt – and What We Can Do to Help.”

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Does Fluoride Really Prevent Cavities?

Conventional wisdom has it that fluoride prevents caries (cavities), and, as with many things, a lot of people tend to think that more is better. So dentists give fluoride treatments and supplements. Cities fluoridate public water supplies. This is sensible insurance, we’re told; good, preventive medicine.




No doubt the intentions of fluoride proponents are good, but you know what they say about good intentions. And the adage bears even more truth when those good intentions ignore hard facts, starting with the reality that evidence in support of fluoride supplementation is a little sketchy.

In 2008, JADA – the official journal of the fluoride-advocating American Dental Association – published “Fluoride, Supplements, Dental Caries and Fluorosis,” a broad review of the scientific research on whether fluoride supplements actually help prevent cavities. While the authors did find some evidence of their doing so in older children, they concluded that the evidence was “weak and inconsistent” for their preventing caries in children under six years old. They also found that “mild-to-moderate dental fluorosis is a significant side effect.”

Fluorosis is what happens when a person gets too much fluoride. In its mildest form, we see the teeth marked by white streaks or flecks. In more severe forms, we see brown and black staining of the teeth, along with pitting and cracking of the teeth.

Meanwhile, water fluoridation doesn’t appear to prevent caries at all. This is borne out in report after report on outcomes in communities with fluoridated water. A recent one out of New Zealand found that children in non-fluoridated communities actually had 1% fewer cavities than children in communities with fluoridated water. And yet the Ministry of Health continues to recommend fluoridation!

The truth is, fluoride is just not necessary to prevent caries. What does help? Regular flossing and brushing – with any kind of toothpaste or even none at all. Eating a low-sugar, nutritionally-dense diet based on whole foods. Regular dental visits. Habits like these make a much more positive impact.

For the other important thing to remember about fluoride is this: not only is it ineffective and unnecessary; it’s also a poison that can damage many different organs and structures in the human body.



When you weigh the risk against its negligible benefits, fluoride hardly seems a good solution to the problem of tooth decay.


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Silver Fillings, Toxic Teeth


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Good Nutrition for Healthy Teeth


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Dental Dangers: Cavitations


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