Recommendations for Healthy Teeth

Posted July 18, 2011 by mitchmarderdds
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Patient Question:
Do you have any recommendations on how to keep teeth healthy?

Dr. Marder:
You can try using herbal remedies like the goldenseal and oils. Another is called “oil pulling”, very helpful to detox the mouth and the gut of toxins and pathogens. Usually, we recommend coconut oil. This must be done each day for about 20 minutes.

Oil Pulling:

1. On an empty stomach, take one tablespoon of oil and hold it in your mouth without swallowing. We recommend doing this first thing in the morning.

2. Move it around your mouth by swishing the solution within your cheeks and sucking it through your teeth. Try to keep your chin up so that the oil touches all portions of the oral cavity.

3. Continue “pulling” for about 20 minutes. Try to keep yourself busy with other tasks, like making breakfast or showering, so that you’re not tempted to spit too soon.

4. DO NOT SWALLOW the mixture after pulling since it will now be considered toxic. The color should now be milky and the consistency runny. Perform a test spit to check the color. If it is still golden yellow, continue “pulling” for a few more minutes.

5. Once the “pulling” process is complete, spit the mixture in the sink and rinse it away. Rinse your oral cavity thoroughly with water and use clean fingers to remove any residual oil. Since you just pulled the toxins from your mouth, there’s no need to brush your teeth before eating and continuing with your day.


U.S. Government Calls for Amalgam Phase-Out

Posted June 1, 2011 by mitchmarderdds
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This is huge news, finally amalgam where it belongs,
in the history books:

U.S. government calls for the phase-out of amalgam!
In an extraordinary development that will change the global debate about amalgam, the United States government has announced that it supports a “phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out by all Parties, of mercury amalgam.”  This statement – a radical reversal of its former position that “any change toward the use of dental amalgam is likely to result in positive public health outcomes” –  is part of the U.S. government’s submission for the upcoming third round of negotiations for the world mercury treaty.*

While couched in diplomatic hedging – remember it is still early in the negotiations – this new U.S. position makes three significant breakthroughs for the mercury-free dentistry movement:

1.  The U.S. calls for the phase-out of amalgam ultimately and recommends actions to “phase down” its use immediately.  Incredibly, the government adopted three actions that the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry and Consumers for Dental Choice proposed at the negotiating session in Chiba , Japan .  Our key ally, The Mercury Policy Project, had laid the groundwork for this success at a World Health Organization meeting in 2009!

2.  The U.S. speaks up for protecting children and fetuses from amalgam, recommending that the nations “educat[e] patients and parents in order to protect children and fetuses.”

3. The U.S. stands up for the human right of every patient and parent to make educated decisions about amalgam.

What does this mean?  Our position – advocating the phase-out of amalgam – is now the mainstream because the U.S. government supports it.  Who is the outlier now?  It’s the pro-mercury faction, represented by the World Dental Federation and the American Dental Association.  With the U.S. continuing its leadership role in this treaty, we will broadcast the U.S. position to other governments around the world, encouraging them to support amalgam “phase downs” leading to phase-outs not only globally, but within each of their countries.

We applaud the U.S. government.  But tough work lies ahead.  For example, we must demonstrate to the world that the available alternatives – such as composites and the adhesive materials used in atraumatic restorative treatment (“ART”) – can cost less than amalgam and increase access to dental care particularly in developing countries.

For now though, let’s mark this watershed in the mercury-free dentistry movement: the debate has shifted from “whether to end amalgam” to “how to end amalgam.”

Charles G. Brown
National Counsel, Consumers for Dental Choice
President, World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry
5 April 2011

* Full text available at  Here is the excerpt on amalgam:

“We are aware that several delegations at INC-2 suggested mercury amalgam should not be included in Annex C, noting a number of difficulties and complexities related to this issue. The United States supports further consideration of dental amalgam by the INC such that the agreement is able to achieve the phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out by all Parties, of mercury amalgam upon the development and availability of affordable, viable alternatives. To the extent that Annex C is not structured to accomplish such a goal, the United States believes that a number of obligations could be considered within an appropriate operative paragraph of the agreement itself. Such a paragraph could commit Parties to phase down the use of mercury amalgam or address mercury releases through conducting and promoting further research on alternatives, mandating the use of separators in dental offices, promoting and incentivizing prevention strategies, educating patients and parents in order to protect children and fetuses, and training of dental professionals on the environmental impacts of mercury in dental amalgams, and to report on their progress in doing so to inform the Conference of the Parties on the progress being made to phase down amalgam use.”

The Dental Distress Syndrome Quantified

Posted February 16, 2011 by mitchmarderdds
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I believe this is a very important article by one of the greats in biological dentistry, Dr. Al Fonder. I, too, have seen these types of results in my own practice.

Please click here to read Dr. Fonder’s findings: The Dental Distress Syndrome Quantified


Actions on Fluoride

Posted January 7, 2011 by mitchmarderdds
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A step in the right direction: today it was announced that the US government has recommended lowering the fluoride levels in our drinking water.

Check out these links to learn more about the new fluoride recommendations:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CNN Health

Fluoridation and Your Health

Posted December 28, 2010 by mitchmarderdds
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Not only is fluoride a toxic substance that government has deemed appropriate to put in our drinking water, but it is even questionable as to the efficacy in dental decay reduction. We, as informed consumers, should resist any addition of medication to our water supply. Please take a few minutes to read the articles below to learn more about this issue.

Natural News- Study: Fluoridated Water Causes Brain Damage in Children

The Douglass Report- Fluoride Will Ruin Your Teeth- And Your Health!

The Movement Against Mercury

Posted November 11, 2010 by mitchmarderdds
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The Hazardous Gas in Your Mouth: Is this the First Crack in the ADA’s Corrupt Cover-up? Important information on ending the use of dental amalgam (courtesy of

Vitamin D

Posted November 5, 2010 by mitchmarderdds
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As the seasons change and we change our clocks, most of us will be getting less sun, especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Research has shown that the majority of Americans are depleted in Vitamin D. Getting our Vitamin D levels checked is an easy test and likely will show that supplementing with D3 may be a prudent idea.

Nutritional consultants advise differing amounts for daily supplementation, so I will not recommend a fixed amount. Best to check levels, supplement if low, and check again from time to time. This is especially true during the dark months of the season. 

I like the drops that can be taken under the tongue or skin creams. In this way, we bypass the stomach acid that by-mouth supplements need to survive through. Remember that these can work because Vitamin D is fat soluble and because of that, there can be a toxic dose. In other words, very high intake of a water soluble vitamin like C will be excreted in the urine if the amount is in excess of what the cells need. But, excessive levels of a fat soluble vitamin (A, D, E, K) will tend to build up in the tissues and potentially create a negative side effect.