Adventures in Dental Hygiene

You know there’s a National Month or Week of nearly everything. That includes dental hygiene. And hygiene’s month is this month. So saith the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. And the Wrigley’s Gum folks. And so to the usual tip list of floss, brush and rinse, they’ve added “chew.” Sure, chewing sugarless gum is one way […]

9 Dental Don’ts

So what’s better than fluoride at preventing cavities, gum disease and other oral health issues? Quality nutrition is a big part of it – going easy on hyper-processed foods, added sugars, soft drinks and the like; going heavy on whole foods, produce and healthy natural fats. Good hygiene is another critical factor. Yet perhaps many […]

Beyond the Boring Old Toothbrush

What better time than the day after Halloween to have a National Brush Day, right? Though really, this newly declared observation is less about this and more about this which is to say not a one-day-a-year problem but an ongoing one. Yet it’s almost completely preventable – in part, through regular and effective hygiene. Ideally, […]

To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

Think about what your teeth are like just before you brush them. They’re probably a little on the gnarly side. Think particles of food, predigested by saliva. Think of bacterial slime coating your teeth. Think of anaerobic microbes partying in your periodontal pockets – bacteria, viruses, yeasts, all doing the happy dance because they’ve been […]

A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out […]

Captain Obvious and the Toothpaste of Doom

Captain Obvious narrowed his eyes and frowned. On his monitor, a study recently published in Acta Ondontologica Scandinavica. Our intrepid hero – champion of common sense in research and the enemy of wasted money and time – read the abstract, and then he read it again. It had been years since his Ridiculous-Sense had fired […]

Nothing to Worry About

The gentleman obviously takes pride in his teeth: I get my teeth cleaned every six months. I also brush and floss my teeth several times a day. As a result, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing nothing but praise from the people who clean my teeth. It’s usually something along the lines of – “Your teeth […]

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 decade or more? (“I do not understand why people should brush teeth, as it is […]