Tag Archives: Biofilm

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 … 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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The Ever-Growing List of Why Tongue-Piercings Aren’t So Cool

Tongue piercings may look cool, but they can really hurt your teeth and gums. To date, the main problems reported have been infection, gum damage, tooth breakage and orthodontic issues. Now we can add one more to the list: a … Continue reading

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$350,000 for No Toothpaste?!

rjg329/Flickr   Talk about frivolous lawsuits! Rights Juris reports: Jerry Flanory, 58, of Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit against prison officials a few years ago. It was dismissed as “frivolous.” The Federal Appeals Court has reinstated his lawsuit against the … 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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How to Brush Your Teeth

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of … Continue reading

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