Sugar: The Difference-Maker

Recently, we ran across a not-very-surprising-yet-kind-of-interesting study published earlier this year in Caries Research. The “no surprise” part is that it confirmed the role for sucrose – ordinary table sugar – in tooth decay. Evaluating a group of children over the course of 13 years, the researchers found that those with the highest sugar intake […]

Mercury Amalgam Fail

Last month, a study published in the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry found that composite and glass ionomer fillings failed more often than amalgam in children between the ages of 6 and 12. While most of the 300 cases the authors reviewed were successful, a little more than 20% required either the filling re-done or […]

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 Bully (Not the Teeth)

Picture the typical bullied child. What do you see? Glasses? An odd haircut and unfashionable clothes? Awkward posture? How about their teeth? A study published last fall in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that teeth were the number one physical feature targeted by bullies – more than physique, hair, clothes or […]

The Importance of Breast Feeding on Dental-Facial Development & Health

Lately, so much of the talk about breastfeeding these days seems to center on the mother’s right to breastfeed in certain public spaces – as with this recently viral video. But as important as those conversations are, we shouldn’t lose sight of another critical factor: the best interests of the child. For the benefits of […]

Yet Another Downside to BPA-Laced Sealants

Sealants are done by placing a thin layer of composite as a protective coating for tooth enamel – for once it’s damaged, enamel cannot grow back. In fact, it’s the only tissue in your body that can’t regenerate itself. (You can remineralize the dentin it protects, but once enamel is gone, it’s gone.) Unfortunately, composite […]

Captain Obvious Gets Philosophical

A while back, we looked at a fluoride study that inadvertently raised the issue of whether fluoridation is really all that effective. Other papers have noted its limits, as well. Consider the study published in JADA back in 2004, which sprang from the possibility that “dietary patterns in young children may offset some of the […]

“Saving” Teeth by Destroying Them

Say you take your four year old child to the dentist. During the examination, the dentist tells you he found four cavities. You consent to treatment. Afterward, you take your sedation-groggy daughter home and let her nap. So later, when you look in her mouth, what do you see? If you said “four fillings,” you […]

The Obligatory Halloween Candy? Maybe Not Quite as Obligatory as You Think

The piles of candy now on display in any big box store, drug store or supermarket you enter make it easy to think it’s the only thing to give to trick-or-treating kids. But believe it or don’t, about half of kids say they’d welcome non-candy treats. “I think people should give out fun markers/crayons, stickers, […]

Strange Faith (or Mercury vs. BPA?, Part 2)

Two years ago, Pediatrics published a study on “Bisphenol A and Related Compounds in Dental Materials,” which confirmed that some sealants and composite (white) fillings release BPA. Here’s what one pediatric dentist and dental professor had to say about it at the time: People shouldn’t be scared by this….The amount of exposure is extremely low. […]