Not Just Bacteria…

It’s not necessarily just bacteria that’s involved in tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. Via Dr. Bicuspid: Early childhood caries (ECC) may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a new study in the journal Infection and Immunity (February 24, 2014). Infection by Streptococcus mutans and […]

The Dentist Who Says You Don’t Need to Floss

Remember when Jessica Simpson made those comments about never brushing her teeth? (“I just use Listerine,” she said, “and sometimes I’ll use my sweater.”) Remember that South Korean TV show guest whose claim to fame was not brushing for a decade or more? (“I do not understand why people should brush teeth, as it is […]

Natural Defense Systems for Your Teeth

A couple weeks ago, we took a quick look at S. mutans, the microbe largely responsible for causing tooth decay. As mentioned, this is just one of 25 species of strep – and more than 600 kinds of microbe total – found in the human mouth. But not all of those “bugs” are bad. In […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

Oh, The Things Microbes Can Do

Cavities happen when microbes in the mouth multiply, colonize and assemble as biofilm on the teeth – the scummy junk we commonly call “plaque.” The metabolic byproducts of these microbes – their waste – are highly acidic and eat into the enamel of the teeth, causing decay. Brushing and flossing break up the colonies, but […]

Does Toothpaste Matter?

“Buying Toothpaste” by Judith Raices   So does it reallymatter which toothpaste you use? According to a Wealthy Dentist survey, 65% of dentists say yes. We say yes. And no. As we’ve written previously, toothpaste isn’t the most important factor in dental hygiene. What matters more are the tools you use and how you use […]

Sugar Prevents Cavities?

Check out the headline on this wire story that recently made the rounds:     Note to the headline writers of the World Entertainment News Network, distributor of the story: sugar and sugar alcohol are NOT the same thing…as the article in question clearly states. sub-sti-tute, n., One that takes the place of another; a […]

The Dental Power of Aloe and Other News of Note

Teeth and Gums Also Benefit from the Healing Power of Aloe Vera (Medical News Today) The aloe vera plant has a long history of healing power. Its ability to heal burns and cuts and soothe pain has been documented as far back as the 10th century. Legend has it that Cleopatra used aloe vera to […]

Another Way Stress Affects Your Dental Health

When you’re stressed, you feel it.   JD’na/Flickr   Your neck, shoulders and back may get tight. You may have nagging headaches. Your stomach may churn or feel like lead. It’s a whole body experience. And according to a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, it affects your mouth’s periodontal tissues – […]