Adventures in Dental Hygiene

You know there’s a National Month or Week of nearly everything. That includes dental hygiene. And hygiene’s month is this month. So saith the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. And the Wrigley’s Gum folks. And so to the usual tip list of floss, brush and rinse, they’ve added “chew.” Sure, chewing sugarless gum is one way […]

Another Natural, Fluoride-Free Option for Cleaning Your Teeth

Once upon a time, toothpaste wasn’t paste. It was powder. (And once upon a time before that, it was things like crushed shells, burnt bread, charcoal and dragon’s blood, but that’s another story for another time.) In fact, although the first mass produced pastes were available by the late 1800s, it wasn’t until after World […]

Devil’s in the Details, Theobromine Edition

As we’ve noted several times before, it pays to read beyond the headline, especially if it’s surprising, shocking or sensational. To wit: So before you grab that Hershey bar, know that the study in question – published in Caries Research – actually didn’t involve chocolate at all. What it did involve is a compound called […]

It’s in the Water: Triclosan

There are things besides fluoride that you’re better off not having in your toothpaste – sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), for instance, and triclosan. As we mentioned before, the latter is a known endocrine disruptor. Other health risks include increased allergies, thyroid problems and muscle impairment (possibly contributing to to heart problems) . Brought to market […]

Captain Obvious and the Toothpaste of Doom

Captain Obvious narrowed his eyes and frowned. On his monitor, a study recently published in Acta Ondontologica Scandinavica. Our intrepid hero – champion of common sense in research and the enemy of wasted money and time – read the abstract, and then he read it again. It had been years since his Ridiculous-Sense had fired […]

Because What Toothpaste Dispensing Has Always Lacked Is Pizzazz, Right?

If you’ve shopped for a toothbrush lately, you’ve no doubt seen the gazillion gimicky toothbrushes marketed to make toothbrushing “more fun” for kids. You’ve got Barbie, Spiderman, Hello Kitty, Hot Wheels. Toothbrushes that light up. Toothbrushes that play music. And what do the grownups get?     But now you can accessorize your dental hygiene […]

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 […]

What Would You Do to Get Sparkly White Teeth?

Whatever you do, don’t follow this dude’s lead (via Utica’s Observer Dispatch): A Utica man was charged after police said he stole almost $230 worth of tooth brushes, tooth paste and cough medicine from Chanatry’s on French Road. Police responded at about 2:25 p.m., and Officer Brian French soon after would arrest Jose Polanco, 36, […]