KTH Flashback: Resigned to a Lifetime of Tooth Decay?

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Originally posted February 17, 2016 Like other chronic diseases, dental caries – tooth decay – is largely preventable. With that in mind, read it and weep: Over 40% of more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity, according to a new Children’s Dental Health […]


When Tooth Decay Happens Despite Fluoride

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Considering that fluoride is in nearly all common toothpastes and most of the water we drink, you’d think tooth decay would be just a distant memory by now. But no. Nearly 20% of kids and over 30% of adults have untreated dental caries. And according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly […]


Candida‘s Role in Tooth Decay

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

When people talk about “bad bugs” in the mouth – the ones that lead to tooth decay and gum disease – they’re usually talking about bacteria. And why not? There are tons of them, even in the cleanest mouth – billions, representing roughly 700 species. And just watch ’em proliferate! To speed up the video, […]


Power vs. Manual Toothbrushes: The Debate Continues

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In the ongoing debate over which toothbrush is better for you, power or manual, we ultimately come down on the side of “whichever you use regularly and effectively.” For some, that’s a power brush. For others, it’s manual. Some switch between both. The main thing is brushing twice a day and, at minimum, flossing once. […]


Brush, Floss,…Sleep

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

When you think about taking care of your teeth, you probably think of brushing, flossing, eating right, and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. But there are other drivers of oral health that you might not think of right away. Sleep, for instance. Previous research, such as the 2007 Journal of Periodontology study we told […]


Toothpaste Optional

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Does toothpaste really matter? Well, yes, in so far as you want to steer clear of ingredients such as fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan, not to mention artificial flavors and colors. But when it comes to removing plaque, not really. It’s the brushing that matters more than the paste – as we’ve noted before […]


How Others’ Smoking Can Wreck YOUR Teeth & Gums

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Of course, smoking doesn’t affect just the smoker. Everyone around them is affected, too. And secondhand smoke is more than just a stinky annoyance. It raises your risk of chronic conditions such as lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, of course. But did you know it may even affect your dental health? Earlier studies have suggested […]


New Research, New Life for Graphic Cigarette Warning Labels?

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

So, long ago and far way – 5 years back, to be exact – the FDA proposed new, super-graphic warning labels on cigarettes. Unsurprisingly, the tobacco companies were against them. One promptly filed suit. As you know, if you’ve seen a package of smokes lately, those warning labels never came to pass. Writing about it […]


Putting the Gum Disease-Cancer Link into Perspective

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

If you smoke, you’re pretty much guaranteed gum disease. And, of course, your risk of a whole host of chronic, systemic illnesses soars. But just because you’re a nonsmoker, your gums don’t necessarily get a free pass. Despite smoking rates dropping for decades now, periodontal disease remains a problem for as much as 75% of […]


Root Canals Are Nothing to “Celebrate”

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Another year, another National Root Canal Awareness Week…and rather than rehash – because what’s there to say about this auspicious event that we’ve not said before? – we want to share with you what remains one of the best documentaries we’ve seen on the problems root canal treatment poses to human health: But there is […]



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