Powered Toothbrush or Manual? What the Latest Evidence Says

For a long time, the choice between manual and powered brushes was mainly one of personal preference. Now, more evidence suggests that when it comes to breaking up oral biofilm (plaque), powered brushes may in fact be more effective. The latest Cochrane Review on the matter was published this past summer. Analyzing 56 relevant trials, […]

Eat Sugar & White Flour!

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN Originally published in Biosis (Issue #7) For Halloween 1973, I had a bumper sticker made to hand out to trick-or-treaters. It said, “Eat Sugar and White Flour – Support Your Local Dentist and Physician.” With it, we gave the kids a choice of treats: a pencil, a toothbrush or […]

Is Coffee Really That Bad for Your Teeth?

The coffee that’s supposed to be so horrible for your teeth and gums? It may not be quite that horrible at all. Oh, sure, it can stain the heck out of ’em. And if you like to drink it loaded with sugar, milk, flavored syrup, whipped cream and all that, your teeth will be the […]

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 […]

Dental Don’t: Dirty Dentures

Remember the post about why you really need to clean your retainers? The same goes for dentures – any removable appliance or prosthetic, really – for they’re just as apt to harbor pathogenic microbes and provide more surface for them to cover. These “bad bugs” include the microbes involved in dental disease and others such […]

Is Flossing All That?

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All […]

Natural Defense Systems for Your Teeth

A couple weeks ago, we took a quick look at S. mutans, the microbe largely responsible for causing tooth decay. As mentioned, this is just one of 25 species of strep – and more than 600 kinds of microbe total – found in the human mouth. But not all of those “bugs” are bad. In […]

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism, & Other News of Note

Cell Phones May Affect Brain Metabolism (ScienceNews) Power-talkers with cell phones glued to their ears may be getting more than conversation. A 50-minute call boosts activity in brain regions near the ear where a phone is located, a brain-scanning study published February 22 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows. “This is the […]

Triclosan, BPA & Your Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study: You Can Be “Too Clean” (Detroit News) A study published online this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows overexposure to triclosan, a chemical compound commonly found in antibacterial soaps, is linked to increased allergies in young people. What’s more, excessive exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastics including […]