A Fluoridation Fight Closer to Home

Last month, Portlanders again rejected fluoridation – for the fourth time since 1956. Whether for health concerns, environmental concerns, ethical principles or some other reason, voters have made their views plain. Surely, the city has more important things to do than keep trying to push for mass medication. Meantime, two cities much closer to home …

Xylitol: Opinion Shifts Again?

What were we saying about health news sometimes being a little crazy-making? About a month ago, a new xylitol study found that lozenges made with the stuff might not actually be all that great at reducing tooth decay. This month: But this paper, published in the Journal of Dental Research, is a true follow-up: a …

Depriving Kids of Fluoride

As the song says, Repetition is very, very, very, very good, good, good, very, very good! (Oh, yeah.) In 2009: Five billion gallons of bottled water were consumed in 2000, an increase of more than 200 percent from a decade earlier. Whether consumers drink more bottled water because it is an alternative to soda, or …

Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing …

Biological Dental Health – A Look Back at 2012

Happy New Year to all! We hope yours is off to a fantastic start and that 2013 brings you joy, peace, health and all good things. Once again, it’s time to take a look back at the year just past, our fourth full year of blogging. And once again, our readership nearly doubled. Thank you …

What’s This About Soy Milk?

A sure way to grab attention is to play contrarian and make claims that go against common sense. In the health world, these often run along the lines of “what you thought was bad is actually good for you, and what you thought was good is actually bad.” To wit, an item that made the …

Captain Obvious Perceives Perceptions

Who wants to hear that their teeth and gums are in bad shape? Who gets excited at the thought of needing extensive dental work? Okay. Besides this guy? Suffice it to say, it’s hard to have a good attitude toward taking care of your teeth when your oral health isn’t great. Who wants to spit …

The Call for Preventive Medicine

Originally posted 16 January 2009 In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is …

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Originally posted 7 August 2009 Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets …

One Way to Wreck Your Teeth & Gums

Yet more research continues to be done on the dental effects of oral piercings. (Someday, maybe we’ll see some research on their energetic implications, as well.*) The latest comes courtesy of the Australian Dental Journal: a survey of dental and periodontal conditions near the sites of 110 lip and 51 tongue piercings sported by 110 …