Toothpaste – Why More Isn’t Better

Here in the US, there are more than 350 different kinds of toothpaste to choose from, many of them so-called “whitening” toothpastes, containing baking soda, peroxide or some combination of both. If using a small amount helps, wouldn’t it stand to reason that more would make it absolutely sparkle? It ain’t necessarily so. As we’ve …

Old Toothbrushes Can Make You Sick

Quick!: How old is your toothbrush or brush head? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know. And if you don’t know, it’s probably time to get a new one. We all should change our toothbrushes every three months or risk potentially serious oral health problems, says Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental …

Muppets & Teeth

Some time ago, we posted the classic Sesame Street clip of Bert’s musical play about teeth – just one of a number of dental-related segments the show has run over the years. In fact, the Muppets have really striven to teach kids about their teeth and how to take care of them. But when you …

“I Do Not Understand Why People Should Brush Teeth”

Talk and reality shows have long exploited our interest in weird, extreme and destructive human behavior. Think shows like Hoarding: Buried Alive and My Secret Addiction. And some people are proud to raise their freak flag – even if it grosses out, creeps out or otherwise triggers WTF reactions. This is apparently the focus of …

Stat!: We Say We Value Our Dental Health

In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Philips Sonicare, 97% of adults “agreed that oral hygiene was the most important factor that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.” And 90% claimed to brush at least twice a day. (That number may be a little high.) So, how well are we taking care of our …

Don’t Rush with a Toothbrush

We told you about the boy who nearly died from a length of broken toothbrush getting jammed down his throat. Now we get to tell you about the girl who swallowed a toothbrush. According to a case history recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, the 15 year old was running up some steps …

Be Careful with That Toothbrush!

Dumb warning labels are always good for a laugh – say, warnings not to use a hairdryer in the bathtub or while sleeping. Aren’t these things common sense? Well…yes. Yet we humans are profoundly fallible. Sometimes we act like we’re invincible – in total control so whatever we do, nothing can harm us. Sometimes, we …

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 tooth loss, regardless of the type of food eaten. The University of Copenhagen team blamed …