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 […]

Why Pick a Poison?

A new study offers a new theory as to how fluoride really works: The findings revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of the decay-causing bacteria to stick. That would indicate that fluoride contributes to making it easier for teeth to be washed of decay-causing bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity. The research was published […]

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 […]

Old Toothbrushes Can Make You Sick

Quick!: How old is your toothbrush or brush head? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know. And if you don’t know, it’s probably time to get a new one. We all should change our toothbrushes every three months or risk potentially serious oral health problems, says Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental […]

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs, & Other News of Note

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs (Dental Tribune) Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections can be […]

Repairing Gums, Preventing Cancer & Other News of Note

New Technology Aims to Repair the After-Effects of Gum Disease (Medical News Today) Advances in tissue engineering are offering the promise of being able to restore lost bone and gum tissue following periodontal disease. About a third of the population are affected by chronic inflammatory gum disease which can result in loss of the bone […]

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 […]