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 …

It’s Probably the Spit

A sugar alcohol known to have anti-cavity properties, xylitol has been shown to inhibit the growth of S. mutans, one of the key microbes involved in tooth decay. So it’s probably no surprise that we’re seeing it touted more and more as a kind of dental wonder ingredient.     Reality, of course, is a …

30 Health & Wellness Articles Worth Your Time

Want to damage your teeth? Here’s how! On the other hand, opening beer bottles with his teeth was not the cause of George Washington’s famous dental woes. (His dentures weren’t made out of wood either.) More about the bad old days of dentistry. Yes, teeth are made for tearing and chewing food. But what to …

On That Proverbial Spoonful of Sugar

First, there were the lollipops. Then there were the mints. Then came the gummy bears. And now, presenting the next greatest cavity-fighter ever: ice cream! Not just any old ice cream, though. Super special probiotic ice cream. The researchers chose ice cream for this study because of its universal appeal, particularly among children. The probiotic …

The Oral-Systemic Connection, & Other News of Note

Can Poor Dental Health Lead to Pneumonia? (Dental Education Blog) Yale University says so. The oral systemic health study, presented this past October at the Infectious Diseases Society of America annual meeting in Boston, was headed by Dr. Samit Joshi of Yale University School of Medicine. Researchers found changes in bacteria in the mouth preceded …

Vegetarianism a Cause of Tooth Decay? Um, No. Not Exactly.

Did you hear the one about the “new” study finding “that vegetarians are much more likely to suffer from tooth decay, lower (more acidic) salivary pH levels, and lower stimulated saliva flow than control subjects that were matched by sex and age”? We did (thank you, Google Alerts). Only the study’s not new. And that’s …

Using Your Teeth as Tools – NOT the Best Idea Ever

Teeth aren’t tools – not that this stops people from using them that way: “I have one patient who broke a tooth because they were biting a fishing sinker,” said Dr. Deani Deskins-Knebel, dental director for the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center Inc. She also has had patients use their teeth to open packages, close small …

Caffeine Zombie Cavities

Sound a little famil’?:     Now that we’re barreling into the holiday season, it’s not hard to guzzle even more of the stuff – a quick, reliable buzz to help keep you shopping, cooking, traveling, visiting and attending to all the other activities we do so much more of at this time of year. …

Durian’s Anti-Cavity Potential, & Other News of Note

A Durian a Day Keeps Caries Away, Research from Asia Suggests (Dental Tribune International) A sugary gel found on the thorn-covered husks of the Durian fruit is currently under observation by researchers for its potential to work as a mouth disinfectant. Students from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok, Thailand, …

An Extra Hour of Sleep & a Possible Drop in Vitamin D

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Hooray for that extra hour of sleep, right? But there’s a downside: fewer daylight hours plus winter weather can lead to vitamin D deficiency. This is because sunlight is our main – and best – source of this nutrient which, among other things, helps keep your teeth, gums and …