Recommended Reading: Rethinking “Germs”

By now, you’ve probably heard about the latest “superbug” to emerge: carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE. Not only is it “resistant to virtualy all antibiotics,” but it can spread that resistance to other bacteria. It has also proven quite lethal. Certainly, there’s cause for concern, especially since it’s largely spread in hospitals, where the health of …

Your Toothbrush’s Dirty Little Secret

Maybe you saw the segment on Oprah a few years back. Or the one on Mythbusters. If so, you may have been freaked out by the thought of your toothbrush being a festering swamp of fecal matter and bacteria. But that’s TV. Can you trust it? A new literature review in Evidence Based Dentistry says …

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 …