A Simple Toothbrush at the Middle of It All

Though the standard advice is to never (ever, ever, ever, ever) share your toothbrush, some people will do it anyway. One British survey, for instance, found that 24% would share with their partner (6% with a celebrity). Another found that almost one in 10 had shared their brush with someone. Everybody, all together now: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeew! […]

Best. Toothbrush. Ever?

We don’t often write about, let alone recommend, specific products on this blog. But sometimes a product impresses us so much, we can’t imagine not telling you about it. Case in point, a new toothbrush that was recently recommended to us by a couple of periodontists Dr. V knows through one of his study clubs. […]

Research Continues to Support Oil Pulling

Since oil pulling turned trendy last year, research has continued to show that it works – and that it works with a variety of different oils, though sesame, as noted before, has been the traditional go-to oil. But it may be taking a backseat to coconut oil, about which the news seems to get only […]

Last Chance to Enter Our Drawing for a New Waterpik Pro Unit

Just a quick reminder that this week is the deadline to enter our drawing for a free Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser – this Thursday, March 12, to be exact. This nifty tool normally retails for $80 and is an excellent addition to your home hygiene routine. Check out our full product review for details […]

Product Review & Giveaway: Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser

Let’s face it: Most people don’t floss regularly. Why else would things like this and this be at all funny? Yet that simple fact goes a long way toward explaining why periodontal (gum) disease is so rampant. As many as 75% of the adult population has it to some degree. It’s the sixth most prevalent […]

Powered Toothbrush or Manual? What the Latest Evidence Says

For a long time, the choice between manual and powered brushes was mainly one of personal preference. Now, more evidence suggests that when it comes to breaking up oral biofilm (plaque), powered brushes may in fact be more effective. The latest Cochrane Review on the matter was published this past summer. Analyzing 56 relevant trials, […]

Another Natural, Fluoride-Free Option for Cleaning Your Teeth

Once upon a time, toothpaste wasn’t paste. It was powder. (And once upon a time before that, it was things like crushed shells, burnt bread, charcoal and dragon’s blood, but that’s another story for another time.) In fact, although the first mass produced pastes were available by the late 1800s, it wasn’t until after World […]

Why Pick a Poison?

A new study offers a new theory as to how fluoride really works: The findings revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of the decay-causing bacteria to stick. That would indicate that fluoride contributes to making it easier for teeth to be washed of decay-causing bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity. The research was published […]