What’s This About Soy Milk?

A sure way to grab attention is to play contrarian and make claims that go against common sense. In the health world, these often run along the lines of “what you thought was bad is actually good for you, and what you thought was good is actually bad.” To wit, an item that made the …

From Jaundice to Toothlessness?

Charlize Theron, quoted in The Sun last week, following the premiere of her latest film: My early childhood was quite devastating. I had no teeth until I was 11. Say what? I had these fangs because I had jaundice when I was a kid and I was put on so many antibiotics that my teeth …

How Pool Water Can Hurt Your Teeth, & Other News of Note

Pool Water May Strip Tooth Enamel (Futurity.org) Taking a dip in the backyard pool may cause permanent damage to teeth if chlorine and pH levels are not properly maintained. “Improperly maintained pool chlorination in swimming pools can cause rapid and excessive erosion of dental enamel,” says Leila Jahangiri, a clinical associate professor prosthodontics of New …

How to Brush Your Teeth

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic …

Captain Obvious Returns – in the Adventure of the Eroding Teeth!

We’ve written before about the research on how sodas, energy drinks and other common beverages erode dental enamel, and linked to other stories on this currently popular topic. Most, if not all, recent studies on the issue have focused on the effects of such beverages: the damage they do and the way that they do …

Tooth Damage from OJ, Motor Function Loss from Lack of Social Interaction and Other News of Note

OJ Worse for Teeth than Whitening, Researchers Say (PhysOrg) Eastman Institute’s YanFang Ren, DDS, PhD, and his team determined that the effects of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide, the common ingredient in professional and over-the-counter whitening products, are insignificant compared to acidic fruit juices. Orange juice markedly decreased hardness and increased roughness of tooth enamel. Unlike …

Drinks That Eat Your Teeth and Other News of Note

Sports Drink Consumption Can Cause Tooth Erosion, Study Finds (ScienceDaily) In a recent study, the researchers found that prolonged consumption of sports drinks may be linked to a condition known as erosive tooth wear, in which acids eat away the tooth’s smooth hard enamel coating and trickle into the bonelike material underneath, causing the tooth …

No Benefit, Some Cost to UV-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching…and Other News of Note

More recent news items we want to be sure you don’t miss… UV Light-Enhanced Tooth Bleaching Is Not Only a Con but Is Dangerous to Your Eyes and Skin (Medical News Today) The light treatment gives absolutely no benefit over bleaching without UV, and damages skin and eyes up to four times as much as …

Want to Keep Your Teeth Whole? Start by Sticking to Water and Tea

We’re not sure why the media release on a study published this past summer has just recently been distributed, but better late than never, we guess. The study looked at the effects of different beverages on tooth enamel, and was published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry. While it’s been …