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A Better Way to Prevent Decay

Yes, spit is gross. It’s also pretty amazing – and critical to oral health. It helps wash away food particles and decay-causing microbes. It dilutes acid, helping keep the oral pH neutral or slightly alkaline. It provides calcium and phosphate … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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It’s Probably the Spit

A sugar alcohol known to have anti-cavity properties, xylitol has been shown to inhibit the growth of S. mutans, one of the key microbes involved in tooth decay. So it’s probably no surprise that we’re seeing it touted more and … Continue reading

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Ingenious Little Bugs

Spit. It even sounds gross. And that’s kind of the point. According to word historians, it’s “of imitative origin.” It sounds like what it means. Even the more polite “saliva” may come from a root word meaning “dirty.” But saliva … Continue reading

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Natural Defense Systems for Your Teeth

A couple weeks ago, we took a quick look at S. mutans, the microbe largely responsible for causing tooth decay. As mentioned, this is just one of 25 species of strep – and more than 600 kinds of microbe total … Continue reading

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Late Night Nosh Can Damage Your Teeth & Other News of Note

Midnight Snacking Damages the Teeth, Experts Warn (BBC) Eating food in the middle of the night can seriously damage your teeth, Danish experts have warned. Researchers examined medical records of 2,217 Danes and found midnight snacking ups the risk of … Continue reading

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How to Stop Tooth-Wrecking Dry Mouth Naturally

Here’s an aspect of good dental hygiene most of us don’t usually think about: spit. Yes, amongst other things, saliva helps keep your teeth healthy. For one, it acts as a perpetual bath for your teeth, helping to wash away … Continue reading

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