Houston Matters

Is it Still Necessary to Add Fluoride to Our Drinking Water?

Posted on · In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the first decrease in half a century of the amount of fluoride it recommends in our drinking water. HHS says the recommendation is intended to prevent staining of tooth enamel that can happen with too much exposure to fluoride, which in the right amount […]

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Bike Plans, Ask the Dentist, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Posted on · The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and changes Houston’s bicycling community would like to see. We welcome […]

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White Strips or Professional Teeth Whitening? Your Dental Questions Answered

Posted on · What’s the difference between professional teeth whitening and store-bought whitening strips? Is the new phenomenon of gargling with a certain oil as good as brushing your teeth? And how do you know if you’re brushing too hard? Our neighborhood dentist, Dr. Ryan Quock, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics Department at UT […]

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Confederate Names and Symbols and Your Dental Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Posted on · Earlier this year, HISD unveiled new mascots at four district schools, as part of a policy banning mascots deemed culturally offensive. But it’s not just mascots that can offend some Houstonians. Some question whether schools here should be named after figures from Confederate history – examples include Lee High School, named after General Robert E. […]