Stat!: Are Your Teeth Holding You Back?

Percentage of “senior decision-makers” in small or medium businesses who say “poor dental health or hygiene would have a negative effect on their decision to do business with someone”: 48 Percent who say it would “affect their decision to promote an employee – regardless of their ability”: 44 The key lesson is to spend as …

How Often Should You Go to the Dentist?

Last week, the Journal of Dental Research published a study that questions the conventional wisdom of twice yearly dental visits. Professional reaction was no surprise: Still, you might wonder: Are semi-annual exams and cleanings, as one headline put it, “really necessary”? Twice-yearly cleanings have been recommended for more than 50 years without supporting evidence, the …

Traumatized Teeth

Something you might see every day: babies and toddlers exploring their world by putting stuff in their mouths. Something you don’t see every day: Yes, it was stuck there, lodged firmly between the three year old’s lower front teeth – so firmly that his mother rushed him to emergency care to have it removed. She …

KTH Flashback: From “Patient” to “Consumer”

Originally posted April 8, 2011 One of the most interesting changes in how Americans think about healthcare has been the transformation of “patients” into “consumers.” As a result, more people are also becoming self-advocates. Thanks to the Internet, we have more access than ever to information on health problems and treatments, physicians, and current medical …

Xylitol: Opinion Shifts Again?

What were we saying about health news sometimes being a little crazy-making? About a month ago, a new xylitol study found that lozenges made with the stuff might not actually be all that great at reducing tooth decay. This month: But this paper, published in the Journal of Dental Research, is a true follow-up: a …

Depriving Kids of Fluoride

As the song says, Repetition is very, very, very, very good, good, good, very, very good! (Oh, yeah.) In 2009: Five billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in 2000, an increase of more than 200 percent from a decade earlier. Whether consumers drink more bottled water because it is an alternative to soda, or …

“…Tooth Decay Will Generally Be Checked, Provided…”

When we first wrote about the claim that you can “cure” a cavity with little more than butter oil supplements, we had no idea it would become one of our most read and shared posts ever. Nor did we anticipate the strong feelings it would stir among both those who had similar questions and those …

Food as Medicine? The Big Picture Matters (Guest Post)

From the blog of William P. Glaros, DDS – Used with permission For all the “health care” that happens in this country, we seem to have a real problem when it comes to preventive care – in dentistry or otherwise – even as all of our most common chronic conditions can be largely avoided. Yet, …

Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing …

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 …