Great Athletes, Terrible Teeth

Research has shown that exercise lowers the risk of gum disease and supports good oral health. You’d think professional athletes would have pretty healthy mouths, right? Think again. A new study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports shows a much higher incidence of tooth erosion among triathletes. What’s more, those who …

Stat!: Diet Damaged Teeth

Percent of young adults(ages 18 to 35) who have experienced erosion of their tooth enamel: 29.4 Percent who have experienced tooth sensitivity: 41.9 The culprit? According to the study from which those stats are taken, “modern diet.” We know: What a surprise. ESCARCEL found that those with frequent acidic food intake had higher levels of …

Making the Good Look Bad (& the Worse Look Better)

Fruit juice is tasty stuff – but did you know that many juices contain more sugar than soda? Really and truly. For instance, 12 ounces of Coke contain 40 grams of sugar; 12 ounces of apple juice, 42 grams. Grape juice is even higher: 60 grams of sugar. This is why nutritionists say to get …

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 …

Chicklet Teeth Are Just the Beginning…

Nothing is certain except death and taxes – and corporate media’s tendency to present most any excessive behavior as an “addiction” or “illness.” A recent ABC News feature does both: “Bleachorexia: How the Quest for Pearly Whites Can Destroy Teeth.” “Bleachorexia” is the term the writer says dentists use to describe people who go overboard …

Want to Spend Thousands on Dental Care? Guzzle Sports Drinks!

SpecialKRB/Flickr Sports drinks like Gatorade can be great when you’re really, really dehydrated, but for most of us, most of the time, water is just fine. Of course, you wouldn’t know that, judging by what we see at sporting events, where sports drinks – and their brands – are ubitiquous, both on the sidelines and, …

The Problem with Sour Candies & Other News of Note

Sour Candy Like Battery Acid to Teeth (CBS News) Research indicates tooth enamel erodes in a pH of less than 4.0. More than two dozen popular candies were shown to have acid levels ranging from 3.0 pH down to 1.6 pH. “When they’re gummy or sticky, then they stick to our tooth surface,” said [dentist …

How to Stop Tooth-Wrecking Dry Mouth Naturally

Here’s an aspect of good dental hygiene most of us don’t usually think about: spit. Yes, amongst other things, saliva helps keep your teeth healthy. For one, it acts as a perpetual bath for your teeth, helping to wash away food particles and the oral microbes that make up dental biofilm (plaque). And according to …

Quick Links: BPA, Energy Drinks, Mercury Fillings, Rethinking “Healthy Weight” & More

BPA Ban Under Consideration in California (NewsInferno) The Associated Press is reporting that in response to consumer concerns, California may be the first to implement statewide restrictions on Bisphenol A—BPA—an estrogen mimicking chemical that has been hotly debated in recent months over its presence in plastic baby bottles and infant formula cans. At least 11 …