Proxy Brushes: Better Than Floss, Says Researcher

We all know that we’re supposed to brush our teeth regularly, and about three-quarters of us manage to do so at least twice a day. But as we’ve noted before, brushing alone isn’t enough to completely disturb the biofilm (plaque) that builds up on our teeth daily. Floss, oral irrigators, perio-aids and interproximal (proxy) brushes …

Short Term Bisphosphonate Use Also Damaging, and Other News of Note

Common Oral Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Serious Jaw Necrosis (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable …

Why OJ + Toothpaste = Wicked Bad Taste

W2 a-w-f-i-l/Flickr The taste of orange juice immediately after toothbrushing is pretty bad. But why should it – and just about everything else – taste so very bad? Blame it on the stuff that helps make toothpaste foam: sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, abbreviated below as …