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Oppose “Big Floss”; practice alternative dentistry

We survived almost all of human history without it. Yet in the last 100 years people have allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by a huge corporate conspiracy into believing that we “need” their products. They cite studies and claim we don’t understand science; they ignore ancient folk wisdom and have no respect for our intuition. They peddle their products without regard to the dramatic increase in chronic diseases and weakened immune systems of recent decades. I’m speaking, of course, of “Big Floss.”

It’s time to take our mouths back from corporate domination. It’s time for alternative dentistry.

To hear the corporate “tools” of Big Floss tell it, we need to use their products not simply every day, but many times a day. They’ve created a seemingly limitless array of products that they are forcing, literally, down our throats. Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash! There appears to be no end to the number and type of products they insist we must buy to fuel their corporate ambitions. And even if we behave like sheep and buy their tainted wares, their allies the dentists insists that we must visit them not merely once a year, but twice.

We’re supposed to believe that we benefit from this meddling with the natural order. Really? So please explain how the human race survived just fine to this point without Big Floss. Clearly we didn’t need toothbrushes to survive and even thrive. So why, suddenly, should we be gullible enough to believe that every person should brush his or her teeth after every meal? Has there been even a single randomized controlled double blind study that proved that brushing saves teeth? No, there hasn’t.

Big Floss insists that it has a product for every person, often more than one. Toothpaste to prevent cavities, toothpaste for kids, toothpaste for dentures. Is there any limit to what they will sell in order to increase their profits? And are we really supposed to believe that four out of five dentists recommend Crest? Where’s the data for that claim?

They tricked people into brushing ever day and using toothpaste each time, but that’s not enough for Big Floss. They say that toothpaste prevents plaque buildup and then they turn around and insist that we need mouthwash, too, to kill the harmful germs that cause plaque. Do we look that gullible? And what’s wrong with plaque anyway? It’s natural and probably exists to strengthen our immune system, which has been weakened by constant exposure to toxins and Frankenfood.

Big Floss is not content with tricking us into buying toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. They insist that we see a dentist twice a year. If their products are so great, why would we ever need to see a dentist? We wouldn’t, but the unholy alliance of Big Floss and Dentistry has colluded to increase the profits of both. Don’t believe me? The dentist always tells you that you should brush every day, and Big Floss always recommends dental checkups. What more evidence do you need?

It’s time to end our reliance on Big Floss. It’s time for alternative dentistry. Those who truly educate themselves about teeth in nature know that toothbrushes and toothpaste are unnecessary. If our ancestors didn’t need them, we don’t need them, either. We can care for our teeth with a diet of fruit, vegetables and vitamin supplements.

In the rare situation in which more is needed, we can dose ourselves with ancient herbs or pull out rotten teeth the natural way, by tying a string around the both the tooth and the doorknob and giving the door a big shove. Forget novocaine. Why would we dose ourselves with medication to numb the pain of a tooth extraction? Those who really care about their teeth want to savor every natural feeling, not deaden it with chemicals.

And let’s not forget preventive care. If you want to be sure that you have healthy teeth, all you need to do is buy powdered Bio-identical Teeth®. Unlike artificial toothpastes or mouthwashes, powdered Bio-identical Teeth® is all natural, made from human teeth with no fillers or animal products. Because it is “bio-identical” it is more effective than artificial toothpaste could even be.

It’s time to unite and fight the corporate conspiracy of Big Floss. No more toothbrushes, no more toothpaste, and no more visits to the dentist. Let’s live as Nature intended with no artificial colors or preservatives. Let’s care for our teeth naturally for as long as they last.

Brought to you as a public service by the American Pureed Food Industry

(This piece is satire.)

Posted in: Humor, Science and Medicine

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65 thoughts on “Oppose “Big Floss”; practice alternative dentistry

  1. keleton says:

    Dr. Tuteur, this is your best post here yet. Love it!

  2. ZenMonkey says:

    I used to floss regularly. Now I am disabled by chronic fatigue syndrome. I simply can’t believe there isn’t a connection there. Thank you for finally telling it like it is!

  3. My child’s autism first appeared after the emergence of his first teeth. I followed the herd and brushed them leaving our life in ruins.

    And my dentists denies there is a link!

  4. beatis says:

    Everyone knows that nature always knows best. If our teeth can’t survive without continuous brushing, flossing, poking and visits to the dentists, we were probably not supposed to have them in the first place. Our still having teeth may very well the result of a perverse and narrow minded obstinacy of modern man to oppose nature’s deep and magical wisdom. So the best thing we can do to help nature do its wonderful work is just let our teeth decay until there isn’t a single one left.

  5. godlizard says:

    I gave up flossing when I realized my dentist had implanted transmitters in my teeth!! Flossing must help amplify the signals. Now, I can hardly hear the voices over the throbbing in my gums.

  6. True_Q says:

    Brilliant text. I adore this blog. If I ever decide to bring my plan of starting a popular science blog in my mother’s tongue into effect I certainly will ask you for a permission to translate some of your texts.

  7. windriven says:

    They tried this in England a while back, didn’t they?

  8. Scott says:

    Truly a thing of beauty. I congratulate you; satire that spot-on accurate is very hard to pull off so well.

  9. beatis says:

    Dear Ms Amy,

    You have me crying with laughter because of your wonderful post and its hilarious comments.

    Thank you so much!

  10. Kristen says:

    Thank you for this post. As a parent of an autistic child I love to see the idiocy of the “alternative medicine movement” pointed out.

    I do have one complaint; you made coffee come out my nose. I tend to be very proper and don’t often laugh so hard. :)

  11. Wicked Lad says:

    I tried to explain to my dentist how all this recommended brushing and flossing would release all the mercury in those fillings that Big Floss recklessly inflicted on me when I was a child. SHE WOULDN’T LISTEN TO ME!!!!!!!!! I WONDER WHO’S PAYING FOR HER LUNCHES!!!!!!!!!

  12. David Gorski says:

    They tried this in England a while back, didn’t they?

    If the teeth of one historian I saw in a recent British TV documentary are any indication, they still are trying this….

  13. beatis says:

    “…I WONDER WHO’S PAYING FOR HER LUNCHES!!!!!!!!!…”
    Big HerbaFloss!

  14. Thanks for all the kind words.

    “you made coffee come out my nose.”

    That’s the best compliment ever and it removed the toxins from your nose …

  15. Diane Jacobs says:

    Brilliance. Very big chuckle this morning. Thank you Amy.

  16. Joe says:

    @Amy Tuteur, MD on 31 Dec 2009 at 11:02 am “… “you made coffee come out my nose.”

    That’s the best compliment ever and it removed the toxins from your nose …”

    You have it backwards, detoxification requires instilling coffee into the nose, it’s called a schnozenema.

  17. squirrelelite says:

    Very nice start to the New Year, Amy!

    While we’re on the subject of alternative dentistry, you might rewatch Brian O’Briain’s classic on youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIaV8swc-fo

    Happy 2010!

  18. backer says:

    WOW! i actually AGREE with the compliments! good post Amy

  19. apgaylard says:

    Very funny and not so far from the truth when one considers the existence of the British Homeopathic Dental Association (blog pimp) and Nelson’s homeopathic baby teething relief product: teetha.

  20. David Gorski says:

    Of course, there’s also always alternative aviation:

    http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/?p=34

    Come on, you Western-biased, phallocentric, close-minded, old white men! Don’t you see that aviation engineering is a Western construct that doesn’t take into account the wisdom of the ages (or the wings of Icarus)!

  21. cervantes says:

    Guess what — and this is no joke and it is not satire. According to a systematic review — the only one I could find:

    “In light of the results of this comprehensive literature search and critical analysis, it is concluded that a routine instruction to use floss is not supported by scientific evidence.”

    Berchier CE, Slot DE, Haps S, Van der Weijden GA. The efficacy of dental floss in addition to a toothbrush on plaque and parameters of gingival inflammation: a systematic review. Int J Dent Hyg. 2008 Nov;6(4):265-79.

    Since this site is called Science Based Medicine, you might want to, you know, be science based.

  22. Sid Offit says:

    Beware the dentist

    In 1996, a reporter on assignment for the Reader’s Digest visited 50 dentists in 28 states and found that their fees, examinations, and recommendations varied widely. The visits cost from $20 to $141. The reporter brought along his own x-ray films and told the dentists he had ample insurance coverage. Before embarking on the study, the reporter was checked by four dentists who agreed that he had only one immediate problem (one molar needed filling or a crown), and that work on another tooth might be advisable. Only 12 of the dentists agreed with this appraisal, and 15 failed to note a problem with the molar. One dentist recommended crowning all of the reporter’s teeth, at a cost of $13,440. Other estimates ranged from $500 to $29,850. The reporter also visited a dental school clinic where the student and a department chairman independently recommended capping both teeth, which would cost $460 [5].

    ————————-

    Roberta Baskin of WJLA-TV and her team exposed a chain of dental clinics that put small children under unnecessary and painful treatments in a scheme to profit from Medicaid.
    For their investigative series, “Drilling for Dollars: Children’s Dentistry Investigation,” the team recently won a 2009 duPont-Columbia Award.

    ——————–

    The investigation showed Teo recruited 19 other dentists, who were paid about 25 percent of the insurance proceeds received by Hatch Dental for the work they performed. The alleged kickbacks provided an incentive to perform unnecessary dental procedures of poor quality, including unnecessary fillings and even unnecessary root canal procedures.

  23. “In 1996, a reporter on assignment for the Reader’s Digest …”

    I hope you realize that that is not an argument, or even a substitute for an argument. If you wish to make a claim then do so, and provide evidence to back it up.

  24. Autumn says:

    This reminds me of Richard Feynman on “Take the world from another point of view.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsgBtOVzHKI

    He talks about brushing teeth a short bit in. :P

  25. tmac57 says:

    Big Floss has been stringing the public along for years now! I have it on good authority (my neighbor’s brother’s ex-wife’s half brother in law) that if you just ignore your teeth, they will all go away.

  26. SF Mom and Scientist says:

    Absolutely freakin’ hilarious! One thing you forgot to mention his how fluoride in the water is poisoning our precious bodily fluids.

  27. keleton says:

    Oh yes, the flouride conspiracy.

    I have a cousin who is an RN – she obviously had to take some science classes to get where she is – who will only drink flouride-free water sold in glass bottles at Whole Foods. She is anti-vax too.

    There should be some sort of weeding out of this kind of thing in schools and on board exams.

  28. DownWithWoo says:

    My friend’s son started to have problems with his teeth at age 2. My friend asked me for advice (even though I’m not a dentist) and I (oh so naively) asked if she brushed his teeth with a fluoride containing toothpaste. She was absolutely horrified at the idea – afterall fluoride is a neurotoxin don’tchyaknow?

    She has since told me that found an alternative dentist who is very nice and is taking care of everything. What the f*(k is an “alternative dentist”?

  29. Cute! I laughed.

    I’m still waiting for the other half though – where you bring out the science and explain what’s wrong with your satirical assertions. Now that you’ve got us loosened up and giggling would be a good time to hit us with some scientific and educational deconstruction.

    You may be surprised to hear this, but I’m actually curious.

    The piece is obviously satire to people familiar with the science who understand how the questions have been addressed.

    It’s also obviously satire to people unfamiliar with the concept of science who take modern dental hygiene practices for granted and can’t imagine anything else.

    But I’m not familiar with the science, so it would be really fun for me if you could complete this post with an explanation of what’s wrong with it.

    Above, Cervantes brought up the systematic review concluding that a routine recommendation to floss is not warranted.

    (I’m going to sound completely silly here because I don’t have access to PubMed and can’t look up the cite – maybe someone could help me out?) Back in the eighties when I was reading medical journals every day I read an article in which it was observed that children who had a lot of dental caries early in life had fewer caries when they were older. One of the explanations proposed was that the children were protected by developing more antibodies to the bacteria in plaque. This hypothesis may be wrong but it was not self-evidently absurd – at least, not at that time.

    And while I love my dentist, see him at least twice a year and have good insurance that pays him lots of money, I always think it’s odd that his hygienist sometimes looks in my mouth and praises my excellent and consistent flossing, and sometimes she looks in my mouth and explains to me that I need to start flossing. Which suggests to me that flossing is not the only variable in dental health, because in my case flossing is not variable. And then I wonder what the variable is that is being missed.

    Thanks!

  30. Zoe237 says:

    “It’s time to take our mouths back from corporate domination. It’s time for alternative dentistry”

    Ha! I can appreciate this. Flouride could have been thrown in there a few times too.

    I hate to sound like a broken record, but I would love to know…

    the real EBM reccos for flossing. Is it really necessary for dental health 3x/day, in addition to brushing? (I would not be suprised that the only things actually proven to be beneficial are 2x/year visits and brushing, despite the thousands of products).

    Are $70 toothbrushes really necessary?

    Are xrays at every visit necessary? How are these “pictures” different from regular x-rays? Do they improve outcomes? Radiation risks?

    How hard do corporate reps hound dentists? Do they wash their hands between patients? Do they have any partnerships with Coca-Cola?

    Is routine IV sedation/novocaine use based in evidence? I have not used either, despite it being pushed hard, and had very little pain for fillings or wisdom tooth extraction (no IV, did use local for that). And yes, I just read Dr. Hall’s post on this (thanks!)

    Cosmetic dentistry… EB or no?

    I read the mercury amalgram filling post too.

    I apologize in advance. Am having a hard time finding a website that criticizes *some* modern medicine practices that are based on tradition and profit rather than evidence, but not from the religious (I’m not) or CAM ideology (wouldn’t consider it). And NOT from the belief that such criticism means we ought to throw out the whole system or that it does more harm than good. This is difficult to find.

    And although I have read hundreds of journal articles on vaccines, childbirth, orthopedics… it does get tedious for a layperson to do so for every medical issue that comes up for her family. And I’m one lucky enough to have full text access through my university, and healthy children. Still tedious.

  31. Z0mb1es says:

    Thank you Amy….

    That was bloody hilarious! That was the perfect way to start my day.Just that image of a group of people with half chewed up Tic Tac teeth, roaming around trying to convince people of a dentistry conspiracy.All the while flapping their gum’s with wafting foul odors and teeth flying out everywhere.

    Thank you :)

  32. rosemary says:

    Thank you, Dr. Tuteur. It is hilarious and perfect just as it is.

    Cervantes, “’In light of the results of this comprehensive literature search and critical analysis, it is concluded that a routine instruction to use floss is not supported by scientific evidence.’”
    Berchier CE, Slot DE, Haps S, Van der Weijden GA. The efficacy of dental floss in addition to a toothbrush on plaque and parameters of gingival inflammation: a systematic review. Int J Dent Hyg. 2008 Nov;6(4):265-79.”

    If in fact there is no evidence that flossing is efficacious, all one can conclude is that there is no evidence that it is effective, not that it is ineffective.

    I have always had a very serious problem with plaque. Both my parents lost all their teeth probably before they hit their mid-forties. At the age of 67, I’ve been flossing and brushing regularly for decades now. Neither parent ever flossed. I am not a scientist or one of the bloggers on this site. The only one I can speak for is myself. IMO, I suspect that there is a relationship between my flossing and having my teeth. Actually, I consider it evidence although an exceedingly low level of evidence, certainly nothing conclusive.

    I bring it up because the whole question of evidence and what constitutes solid evidence is what marks the difference between scientific medicine and quackery.

    Again speaking for myself alone, evidence, the whole body of it, is something that has to be weighed, and the amount and kind of evidence required to answer a specific question ought to be proportional to the question one is trying to answer. For that reason, I think that trying to evaluate a very simple mechanical action on something visible to the eye, like flossing to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease, something which has little if any potential for bad side effects, does not require anywhere near the level of evidence to support it is as does the use of a drug, “remedy” or surgical procedure, the actions of which are far more difficult to detect. I further believe that trying to measure all things medical (or dental) by the same yardstick is a silly waste of scarce resources.

    Regarding greedy, dishonest dentists, well of course they are out there. They are human aren’t they? There are also some very honest ones. Mine has treated me for free a few times, and no I didn’t ask him to. Neither did I expect it. But I’ve had MDs treat me for free too.

    A dental hygienist recently told me that I only have to floss once a day because plaque takes 24 hours to develop in the mouth. I didn’t ask for her reference, but I still floss 3 times a day because I like the feel of what I perceive to be a “clean mouth”.

    What is an alt dentist? That is the kind that charges you to remove all your “toxic” fillings and charges you to replace them with the “non-toxic” kind. Then he pulls out his little “home generator” and whips up a batch of a silver supplement that he sells you, I assume at a terrific markup, to prevent and cure everything bad known to man while never harming anything good.

  33. jpmrb says:

    Thanks, very funny article, though it depressed me no end that the warning “This piece is satire” had to be added at the end!

  34. Jayhox says:

    As a dentist, I must grudgingly confess that you’re on to us. We foist these lies (brushing, flossing, etc) upon a gullible public in order to line our own pockets, make those Mercedes payments, and to pay those Country Club dues.

    Being with SBM since issue 1, and having attended the SBM meeting at the last TAM, I feel qualified to let the readers of this blog in our dirty little secret (“Dirty Little Secret”, copyright 1998 by Kevin Trudeau. All references to the term “Dirty Little Secret” without the expressed written consent of Mr. Trudeau is prohibited.). Plaque, that sticky mass of bacteria, putrid food debris, bacterial toxins (“Toxins”, copyright 2007 by Jenny McCarthy. All references to the word “Toxins” without the expressed written consent of Ms. McCarthy is prohibited.), and cellular detritus actually surrounds, caresses, and protects our delicate teeth and gums. In fact, in the inner dental sanctum, we refer to plaque as “nature’s kevlar.” By flossing and brushing, you remove this protective layer, exposing that poor, weak enamel to the harsh oral environment. Further, professional prophylaxes (i.e. cleanings, not condoms) performed by dentists and dental hygienists are even worse! We actually intentionally create microscopic holes in your teeth with our picks and ultrasonic scalers. Then we polish your teeth, not with a medicated paste as you are led to believe, but with cake frosting to infuse your now porous teeth with the sugars necessary to start a whole new generation of cavities. We in the business call that “job security.”

    Moreover, leaving plaque on your teeth stimulates and boosts your immune system with a plethora of antigenic challenges; thus removing plaque weakens your immune system, making you susceptible to such maladies as fibromyalgia, autism, the consumption, and rickets. Yet another reason to keep your mouth in tip top petrie dish form.

    I feel better having confessed. Please keep this vital information under your hat.

    Thanks!

    Jayhox DDS

  35. Enkidu says:

    cervantes:

    All I need to know is that I floss, and a lot of food and gunk comes out from inbetween my teeth. This is after I’ve brushed. That’s enough evidence for me that flossing is a good thing.

  36. denturist says:

    American Dental Association Being Held Accountable for Greed

    Republican Senator Charles Grassley’s (R-IA) call for a financial discloser from the American Dental Association (ADA) along with other medical groups is just a start of holding corporate ADA accountable for the money it wastes and spends as a nonprofit suppressing and pushing out competition. The American Dental Association lobbies federal and state legislators to disregard legislation that would regulate the denturist profession in many states that include Kentucky and Wyoming. The ADA spends money to persecute denturists.

    The ADA lobbied for exclusion of language to expand the dental health aide therapists programs to states other than Alaska in the recent U.S. Senate Bill 1790. The American Dental Association, wasted money fighting Alaska and lost; trying to prevent dental health aide therapists from providing dental services to Natives of Alaska living in remote areas. The American Dental Association lobbies to suppress dental hygienists from having independent boards and practices.

    The American Dental Associations total lobbying expenditures as of October for 2009 was $2,110,000.00 reported by opensecrets.org. The ADA’s self-serving political agenda is hurting consumers by suppressing qualified competitors that provide oral health services to those with disparities. ADA works against its very own vision and mission statement by suppressing competition that has been trained and educated in providing oral health care services to those that are unable to pay the high prices charged by dentist leaving Americans without needed dental care.

    Many people do without needed dental care because of high prices charged by dentist and not being eligible for Medicaid, low income programs and not having dental healthcare insurance. Corporate ADA has the power and money to change the current dental care delivery system for the better if the American public would speak out against the American Dental Associations deceiving and pacifying public relations campaign for a better public image.

    Gary W. Vollan L.D.
    State Coordinator, Wyoming State Denturist Association
    P.O. Box 332, Basin, Wyoming 82410
    307-568-2047
    http://www.wysda.org

    References: 137th APHA Annual Meeting (November 7-11, 2009): Denturists: Alternative healthcare providers for oral health screenings and referrals

    http://apha.confex.com/apha/137am/webprogram/Session27637.html

    http://grassley.senate.gov/news/Article.cfm?customel_dataPageID_1502=24413

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/08/health/policy/08grassley.html?scp=2&sq=grassley&st=cse

    http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientsum.php?year=2009&lname=American+Dental+Assn&id=

  37. Thank you for bravely revealing the Tooth Truth! I haven’t brushed, flossed, or seen a dentist for over twenty years, and my teeth are still rock solid. Both of them! So down with Big Floss!

  38. iseeellis says:

    I’ve learned that leftover toothbrushes are great as ear candles! Insert one end in your ear, light the other on fire, and feel the toxins rush from your system. When it becomes all melted and blackened, that’s how you know that the toxins have been removed from your body!

    PS: This was the first thing I read on Science Based Medicine, and a) I didn’t realize it was satire at first, and b) I think I’m going to like it here.

  39. Plonit says:

    A lot of gunk comes out with colonic irrigation too….

    Flossing has more going for it than colonic irrigation (biological mechanism, etc…) but the presence of ‘gunk’ on performing the procedure surely isn’t enough evidence on its own.

  40. Jayhox says:

    What if it’s the same gunk, Plonit?

  41. Plonit says:

    What if what’s the same gunk? (i.e. what is the “it” in your question).

    If your flossing removes faeces, then you have a problem that is beyond the scope of a dentist, I would have thought.

  42. tmac57 says:

    “If your flossing removes faeces, then you have a problem that is beyond the scope of a dentist, I would have thought.”
    Evidently you haven’t been paying attention to what is coming out of the mouth of Alt-Med advocates.

  43. Spiffus says:

    Dr. Tuteur,

    Thank you for exposing the Big Floss conspiracy! Now, instead of lining the corporate pockets of the Eeeevil Tooth Mongers and spending upwards of $30 to $35 a year on toothpaste and floss, I’m spending $100 a month on Bio-identical Teeth®. But I know, deep in my heart, that the makers of Bio-identical Teeth® have my best interests at heart, as opposed to the Ruthless Profiteers® of the Toothpaste-Floss Conspiracy!

    Because there’s no way on Earth that the makers of Bio-identical Teeth® would be peddling misinformation for a profit, right?

  44. Kultakutri says:

    Mr. Plonit will now please wipe my screen.

    I would however like to know, if Dr. Tuteur would like to explain, whether those jaw specialists that work hard on moving my mandible to a better place (like, a bit to the front and to the right so that I don’t gnaw my teeth away) may be the hidden cause of my allergies?

  45. Jayhox says:

    I’m getting the sense that some of us are confusing sarcasm with legitimate advice…

    Plonit, I was joking about the gunk in one’s mouth being the same as the gunk in one’s colon.

    However, using Koch’s postulates, we can demonstrate that the gunk you’re flossing out from between your teeth can be pathogenic. In fact, there is a correlation between periodontal disease and a host of systemic ailments, including heart disease. So: FLOSS OR DIE!!

    And Kultakutri,

    You are on to something but may be reversing cause and effect. In my experience (warning: no research citations will be given, yet I still hold them to be scientifically valid), those individuals with airway issues (allergies, enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, etc.) will posture their mandible forward in order to open the posterior airway space. This can manifest itself in bruxism (ie grinding) and can be the source of your tooth wear. The allergies may be initiating your grinding, not the other way around.

    (The above paragraph was serious, not sarcastic.)

  46. Newcoaster says:

    LOL
    That was great. I was a couple paragraphs into it before I realized it was a parody. Perfect!!

  47. yogi3010 says:

    flossing and brushing are like global warming…….if you don’t sort it out your mouth will smell and look like s..t and if you don’t sort global warming out the air you breathe will smell like s..t

  48. windriven says:

    @denturist

    Until this moment I had never even heard of a denturist and I don’t claim to know exactly how denturists are trained or how or where their services are rendered.

    It seems to me that part of the solution to the high cost and and incomplete access to medical care will necessarily involve greater use of medical technologists (as opposed to MDs and DsDS). But before that can occur there will need to be a well thought out structure to assure that people are getting appropriate care.

    So, presuming that denturists are trained to a particular level of competence following science and evidence based principles they should have an appropriate place in dental care.

    All that said I fail to understand your umbrage with ADA and their lobbying efforts. ADA is the professional organization of dentists and they can be expected to press a viewpoint consistent with what they perceive to be in their interests. You and your organization have the same opportunity.

  49. motsrewop says:

    Know how we all should know the toothbrush was invented in Arkansas? It would otherwise be called a teethbrush.

  50. newdeal2 says:

    “Has there been even a single randomized controlled double blind study that proved that brushing saves teeth? No, there hasn’t.”

    I’m just wondering what the placebo for a toothbrush would be?

  51. windriven says:

    @newdeal2

    “I’m just wondering what the placebo for a toothbrush would be?”

    One suspects that all-purpose appliance, the corncob. It’s biodegradable, it fits in the mouth – at least a big mouth, and it is recommended by 3 out of 4 Nebraska farmers.

  52. EricG says:

    classic.

    i recently invoked the services of my toothopractic care provider. he said that my toothluxations were causing cavities, not plaque. now i get why, thanks Dr. T!

    I recommend getting your teeth cracked at least once a month. my DTC uses a small hammer. “See,” he tells me, “the routine trauma to the tooth releases the natural energy of the enamel (or enamWELL, as he likes to say) that safely and naturally repells foreign toxins like wheat and dairy.

  53. alm says:

    We all have teeth. They f’n hurt when they do. Do what you want.
    Ever wonder though, just what it is that they put in the toothpaste?
    Wonder no more.. not! Keep wondering. Aren’t we all just non-questioning, ignorant, uneducated, non inquisitive, indelible, gullible, trusting Christian/Believer/non-Believer consumers?

    Here’s a possible reason why anyone, who’s put something into their flesh and blood bodies, and then discovered years later that that body, given to them by nature, has been corrupted to die.. earlier than expected..
    http://rawstory.com/2009//01/17000-potentially-harmful-chemicals/

    in case you missed it, it’s because of profit, bottom line profit. Your health. bottom line profit. Your health, or lack of it, for profit. It’s systemic.

    Where have we heard that before?

  54. EricG says:

    @ alm

    “Ever wonder though, just what it is that they put in the toothpaste?”

    um, yea. thats when i looked at the tube, researched what it was and sighed blissful relief in it…uh, preventing cavities.

    does someone else’s motive for profit preclude my ability to determine what is best for me based on evidence? I’m not even sure what your point is.

    “Aren’t we all just non-questioning, ignorant, uneducated, non inquisitive, indelible, gullible, trusting Christian/Believer/non-Believer consumers?”

    No, are you?

    otherwise, might want to work on the sarcasm…your contribution is confusing.

  55. artration says:

    Funny! Enjoy this animated look at the “Golden Age” before modern medicine and dentistry:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Folfv3jh4

  56. Plonit says:

    Feynman on toothbrushing as a modern witchcraft made me laugh out loud…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsgBtOVzHKI

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