How Many Kinds of Toothpaste Do We Need?

In 2008, there were 412 different toothpastes available for sale in the US. Today, there are “only” 352. A few years ago, over 100 new kinds or sizes of toothpaste hit the market. Last year, “only” 69. This, according to a recent WSJ article, wonderfully lampooned by Stephen Colbert. Seriously: How many kinds of toothpaste …

Triclosan in Toothpaste? No Thanks!

Jack Black’s Stunt Double/Flickr   A recent media release distributed by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) touts the antimicrobial, antifungal agent triclosan as the latests “wonder ingredient” in toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains triclosan/copolymer is better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing the kinds of bacteria that live in people’s mouths, according to a study …

$350,000 for No Toothpaste?!

rjg329/Flickr   Talk about frivolous lawsuits! Rights Juris reports: Jerry Flanory, 58, of Flint, Michigan filed a lawsuit against prison officials a few years ago. It was dismissed as “frivolous.” The Federal Appeals Court has reinstated his lawsuit against the officials at Newberry prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jerry Flanory contends that not being allowed …

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 …

Does Toothpaste Matter?

“Buying Toothpaste” by Judith Raices   So does it reallymatter which toothpaste you use? According to a Wealthy Dentist survey, 65% of dentists say yes. We say yes. And no. As we’ve written previously, toothpaste isn’t the most important factor in dental hygiene. What matters more are the tools you use and how you use …

Don’t Use Natural Toothpastes?

Henna Lion/Flickr A short and silly item recently ran in “The Thin Green Line” eco-blog at SFGate.com, which we reproduce here in full so you can immediately appreciate the mind-blowingness of it: Dentist: Don’t use natural toothpastes Good news and bad news at the dentist this morning. The good news is, my teeth are fine. …

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 …

Is Toothpaste Damaging Your Mouth?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is the stuff most often used in toothpaste to make it foam. While debate continues as to how much of a health risk it may pose, new research has shown that it may cause breakdown of the mouth’s soft oral tissues. Justin Shearer/flickr A study recently published in the International Journal …