Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dental Health Books Worth Reading

How Fun To List These Books

I thought it would be fun to list these dental health books that are worth reading.   The authors of these books have challenged the standard preconceived notions about dental health.   They are all interesting and speak from interesting perspectives.

1.  Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye  by Ellie Phillips, DDS.  This book was written by a dentist with over 30 years of clinical experience.   She is connected to the Dental University in Rochester NY.    She also sells the Zellies brand of xylitol and created the Clean, White Teeth Protical!   Disclaimer,  she is also a friend of mine and wrote a blurb for the front cover of my own book.

2.  Root Canal Cover Up - George Meinig, DDS.  Dr. Meinig explains one of the biggest problems with root canals.   If you have or are about to get a root canal, it would be to your benefit to read this book and understand what kind of problems can occur.    This is wonderful book from a doctor with tons of experience, just like the book above.  

If you care about dental health, this is a must read.

3.  Cure Tooth Decay  - Ramiel Nagel and Timothy Gallagher, DDS.  This book is all about nutritional changes that can impact your dental health.    I have some objections to this book.  I object to the word 'cure'.  Even if it is accurate, the word cure means that it works for everyone and I'm afraid that 'almost nothing' can be guaranteed to work 100% of the time.   Cure is a tough word to defend in a medical sense.

Another problem I have with this book is that it focuses entirely on nutritional methods of strengthening teeth (which I do think is valuable information)  but he also seems to believe that none of the external things you do to strengthen your teeth are valid or important.   He is also against xylitol.   I was unable go find logic in his complaints about xylitol nor any supporting scientific evidence against it.   I can't accept his prejudice against xylitol as being ground in good science nor do I think it is accurate.   But he does.

Overall, I do like his book and think it is worth reading.   I have a copy as I do or did with all of the books mentioned here. 

I include Nagel and Gallaghers'  book here because I do believe the nutritional concepts are valid and powerful.   He relies a lot on the work of Weston Price - which is good.

4.  What You Should Know About Gum Disease - A Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease

Finally,  at the risk of sounding self-serving I have to mention my own book.  This is because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss bar none.   Lot's of people lose a tooth or teeth to gum disease.  They get a denture or implant and still don't know the root cause of their problem.  This ignorance can lead to more lost teeth and more expense.

Therefore, I think my book is very important and every family should have a copy.


PS:  There is also this free guide:  How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps:  Get your copy here. 

My favorite tool for dental health promotion at home.

* On this site, I speak in general terms only.  For specific questions about your unique dental health situation, be sure to direct those questions to your dentist or periodontist.

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