Not Just Bacteria…

It’s not necessarily just bacteria that’s involved in tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. Via Dr. Bicuspid: Early childhood caries (ECC) may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a new study in the journal Infection and Immunity (February 24, 2014). Infection by Streptococcus mutans and […]

Captain Obvious Gets Philosophical

A while back, we looked at a fluoride study that inadvertently raised the issue of whether fluoridation is really all that effective. Other papers have noted its limits, as well. Consider the study published in JADA back in 2004, which sprang from the possibility that “dietary patterns in young children may offset some of the […]

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 […]