You Don’t Need Teeth to Be Cavity-Prone

Yep! Really. New research has documented hundreds of bacterial species in the saliva of infants, including the microbes that biofilm and lead to decay. As the Dental Tribune recently reported, US researchers have found evidence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries in the saliva of infants with no teeth. Their findings suggest that infection …

Toothpaste – Why More Isn’t Better

Here in the US, there are more than 350 different kinds of toothpaste to choose from, many of them so-called “whitening” toothpastes, containing baking soda, peroxide or some combination of both. If using a small amount helps, wouldn’t it stand to reason that more would make it absolutely sparkle? It ain’t necessarily so. As we’ve …

Old Toothbrushes Can Make You Sick

Quick!: How old is your toothbrush or brush head? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know. And if you don’t know, it’s probably time to get a new one. We all should change our toothbrushes every three months or risk potentially serious oral health problems, says Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental …

“Have You Teeth? Then Preserve Them” – Vintage Toothbrush Ads (A Quick History of the Toothbrush)

Did you know that, here in the US, toothbrushing wasn’t routine until after World War II? Seriously. Soldiers, who’d been required to brush daily, brought the habit back with them to civilian life. To be sure, people did clean their teeth before then. They’d been doing so for thousands of years – just not so …

Muppets & Teeth

Some time ago, we posted the classic Sesame Street clip of Bert’s musical play about teeth – just one of a number of dental-related segments the show has run over the years. In fact, the Muppets have really striven to teach kids about their teeth and how to take care of them. But when you …

Stat!: Brush & Floss as I Say, Not as I Do?

Percent of Americans who would be “most disturbed” if their romantic partner went without deodorant for a week: 24 Percent who would be “most disturbed” if they went without brushing or flossing for a week: 59 Percent of Americans who would grade their own dental hygiene at grade C or lower: 58 Percent of Americans …

What Would You Do to Get Sparkly White Teeth?

Whatever you do, don’t follow this dude’s lead (via Utica’s Observer Dispatch): A Utica man was charged after police said he stole almost $230 worth of tooth brushes, tooth paste and cough medicine from Chanatry‚Äôs on French Road. Police responded at about 2:25 p.m., and Officer Brian French soon after would arrest Jose Polanco, 36, …

“I Do Not Understand Why People Should Brush Teeth”

Talk and reality shows have long exploited our interest in weird, extreme and destructive human behavior. Think shows like Hoarding: Buried Alive and My Secret Addiction. And some people are proud to raise their freak flag – even if it grosses out, creeps out or otherwise triggers WTF reactions. This is apparently the focus of …

Why You Really Need to Clean Your Retainers

Insufficient cleaning could allow build-up of microbes on orthodontic retainers, researchers at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute have found. Dr. Jonathan Pratten and colleagues looked at the types of microbes which live on retainers, taking samples from the mouths of people without retainers and those wearing either of the two most widely used types. As …