Category Archives: Biofilm

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Busting Up Biofilm

OMG! A new study shows that when enough bacteria get together in one place, they can make a collective decision to grow an appendage and swim away. This type of behavior has been seen for the first time in marine … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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