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 […]

$350,000 for No Toothpaste?!

rjg329/Flickr   Talk about frivolous lawsuits! Rights Juris reports: Jerry Flanory, 58, of Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit against prison officials a few years ago. It was dismissed as “frivolous.” The Federal Appeals Court has reinstated his lawsuit against the officials at Newberry prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jerry Flanory contends that not being allowed […]

Oh, The Things Microbes Can Do

Cavities happen when microbes in the mouth multiply, colonize and assemble as biofilm on the teeth – the scummy junk we commonly call “plaque.” The metabolic byproducts of these microbes – their waste – are highly acidic and eat into the enamel of the teeth, causing decay. Brushing and flossing break up the colonies, but […]

Proxy Brushes: Better Than Floss, Says Researcher

We all know that we’re supposed to brush our teeth regularly, and about three-quarters of us manage to do so at least twice a day. But as we’ve noted before, brushing alone isn’t enough to completely disturb the biofilm (plaque) that builds up on our teeth daily. Floss, oral irrigators, perio-aids and interproximal (proxy) brushes […]