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 …

One Way Bacteria Make Themselves at Home in Your Mouth

As said, oral microbes are ingenious little bugs. And the more research that’s done, the more clever they seem! To wit, A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease – Porphyromonas gingivalis – manipulates the body’s immune system to disable normal processes that …

Oral Flora & Your Sleeping Mouth

Your morning breath may not be gnarly, but it’s still, well, morning breath. We all have it to some degree. Why? Simple: It’s the spit – or, rather, a lack of it, since we produce less while we sleep. During the day, saliva is a perpetual bath for your teeth, helping wash away food particles …

What Makes Bad Breath Bad – & 7 Tips to Help Get Rid of It

There are some smells that are just so wrong, even the thought of them can be a little stomach churning: rotten eggs or milk, burning hair, chronic bad breath – the kind that may be temporarily covered up by mouthwash, toothpaste, mints or gum but always returns with a vegeance. It returns, of course, because …