You Say Cool, We Say Yeah, Right

Jeweled tooth tattoos and the yaeba look are so passe! Yes, just a week into the new year, and already, the first story has appeared on the latest in teen tooth trend in Asia! Teens paying for fake braces because metal mouths are cool For anyone whose teen years involved a small fortune of metal …

Brace Yourself…

Your dentist recommends braces, so you get them. You make your ortho appointments every once in a while but not as often as you should. A year goes by. You still have braces. Another year. You still have braces. How long before you’d ask your dentist, “Hey, when do I get these off?” Meet the …

Veneers Instead of Braces? Seems the Push Is On

Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot more tweets like this one: Veneers are a cosmetic treatment. They may be done for practical reasons – to restore a chipped or discolored tooth, say – but their main purpose is to improve appearance. Braces and other orthodontic treatments improve appearance, too, but that’s not their main purpose. …

Antibiotics & the Dairy Biz, & Other News of Note

FDA & Dairy Industry Spar over Testing of Milk (NY Times) Each year, federal inspectors find illegal levels of antibiotics in hundreds of older dairy cows bound for the slaughterhouse. Concerned that those antibiotics might also be contaminating the milk Americans drink, the Food and Drug Administration intended to begin tests this month on the …

Optimal Orthodontics

Earlier this week, we received a media release about a series of “webinars” (a silly excuse for a word if ever there was one) being offered by a pair of partnering dental companies, CariFree, purveyor of dental hygiene products, and Six Month Smiles, purveyor of braces. Not being familiar with Six Month Smiles – and …

Gum Disease – Alzheimer’s Link & Other News of Note

New Evidence Supports Link Between Gum Inflammation and Alzheimer’s Disease (PhysOrg) NYU dental researchers have found the first long-term evidence that periodontal (gum) disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease in healthy individuals as well as in those who already are cognitively impaired. * * * “The research suggests that …

Christie Brinkley on the Coolness Quotient of Braces

I lucked out and got my mom’s beautiful straight teeth. I never needed braces and I never got cavities. That doesn’t mean I didn’t want braces, because it seemed like the coolest kids had them. I wanted them so badly I would bend a paper clip and wear it like a retainer! ..its.magic../Flickr You can …

Quick Links: Effective Ortho, Early Diet & Later Health, Food & the Brain, Turning Off Stress Genes with Yoga

Survey: Most Effective Dental Braces Are Least Attractive (Physorg) FDA Slowing New Medicine Pipeline (WSJ via azcentral.com) 100 Californians Injured by Hospitals Each Month (MedHeadlines) Mother’s Junk Food “Harms Child” (BBC) Early Life Nutrition May Be Associated with Adult Intellectual Functioning (Science Daily) Scientists Learn How Food Affects the Brain: Omega 3 Especially Important (Science …