Oral Health-Oral Cancer Conundrum

Late last month, you might have noticed a lot of whoop-de-doo about a study which found a link between poor oral health and oral HPV infection. More than one headline suggested that brushing and flossing might lower your risk of cancer. “The finding,” however, is a “modest association,” said Aimée R. Kreimer, an epidemiologist at …

Stat!: Are Your Teeth Holding You Back?

Percentage of “senior decision-makers” in small or medium businesses who say “poor dental health or hygiene would have a negative effect on their decision to do business with someone”: 48 Percent who say it would “affect their decision to promote an employee – regardless of their ability”: 44 The key lesson is to spend as …

Do You Really Need to Pitch Your Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick?

So just how common is the advice of twice yearly dental visits? Shortly after we learned about the study challenging this acorn, we ran across this list of ways you may unknowingly be “hurting your teeth.” Skipping dental visits is one of them. But that’s not what caught our attention. Don’t Use Your Toothbrush After …

A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out …

Biosis #39: Living with Intention, Reading the Terrain, & More!

    The February 2013 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Living Life Like You Really Mean It “When you arise in the morning,” wrote Marcus Aurelius, “think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to …

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 …

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 …

Better Than…

If you’re in profit-driven medicine, there are lots of ways you can expand your market. You can invent new “diseases” for your drug, device or therapy to treat. Or change the symptoms of old ones. Or repurpose old drugs for different conditions. Or invent new delivery systems for them. Enter Dexcel Pharma with their new …

10 Tips for Taming Bad Breath

The start of the new school year got us thinking: Is there anyone who didn’t have at least one teacher with an annoying habit or trait that to this day defines your memory of them? Maybe it was the math teacher who always spit a little when he talked, or the one who tapped her …

Dental Don’t: Dirty Dentures

Remember the post about why you really need to clean your retainers? The same goes for dentures – any removable appliance or prosthetic, really – for they’re just as apt to harbor pathogenic microbes and provide more surface for them to cover. These “bad bugs” include the microbes involved in dental disease and others such …