We Have a Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered our drawing for a brand new Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser. We dropped all the names into a hat and picked one from the bunch. And the winner is (drumroll)…Stephanie Grisales! Congratulations, Stephanie! Even if you have to buy your own irrigator, though, we think it’s a great investment […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dialogue on a Non-Existent Product

In which we talk back to a puff piece on another dental gizmo… You know something? Why, yes. Yes, we do. In fact, we know a lot of things. Brushing one’s teeth every single day is ideal, but there are times when you return home too bushed out to actually bother brushing. Actually, brushing twice […]

Is Flossing All That?

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All […]

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 […]