A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out …

It’s in the Water: Triclosan

There are things besides fluoride that you’re better off not having in your toothpaste – sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), for instance, and triclosan. As we mentioned before, the latter is a known endocrine disruptor. Other health risks include increased allergies, thyroid problems and muscle impairment (possibly contributing to to heart problems) . Brought to market …

Captain Obvious and the Toothpaste of Doom

Captain Obvious narrowed his eyes and frowned. On his monitor, a study recently published in Acta Ondontologica Scandinavica. Our intrepid hero – champion of common sense in research and the enemy of wasted money and time – read the abstract, and then he read it again. It had been years since his Ridiculous-Sense had fired …

Your Toothbrush’s Dirty Little Secret

Maybe you saw the segment on Oprah a few years back. Or the one on Mythbusters. If so, you may have been freaked out by the thought of your toothbrush being a festering swamp of fecal matter and bacteria. But that’s TV. Can you trust it? A new literature review in Evidence Based Dentistry says …

Oral Flora & Your Sleeping Mouth

Your morning breath may not be gnarly, but it’s still, well, morning breath. We all have it to some degree. Why? Simple: It’s the spit – or, rather, a lack of it, since we produce less while we sleep. During the day, saliva is a perpetual bath for your teeth, helping wash away food particles …

Nothing to Worry About

The gentleman obviously takes pride in his teeth: I get my teeth cleaned every six months. I also brush and floss my teeth several times a day. As a result, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing nothing but praise from the people who clean my teeth. It’s usually something along the lines of – “Your teeth …

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 …

Nurd(le) Is the Word

You know how sometimes you can say a word over and over until, suddenly, it sounds so weird, you begin to wonder if it’s a real word at all? And then there are words that sound like nonsense from the get-go. Meet “nurdle.” Why “nurdle”? Apparently, nobody knows. Not for sure, anyway. And it doesn’t …

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 sponges, and it could lead to an understanding of how to break up harmful bacterial …

Chew on This…

Monday morning pop quiz! True or false? This is a dog chew: Correct. And this? Correct. How about this? Huh-uh. It’s for people. Yes, really. Saith Gizmodo, Designed for those times when you’ve just had a meal but can’t sneak away to brush your teeth, the Rolly is a small rubber disc covered in 276 …