Yet Another Entrant in the Great Toothbrush Speed Stakes

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

First, there was the 30-second toothbrush. But, dang it: You actually had to hold it in your hand and move it around your mouth. Then came the 6-second brush, no handle required – just a mouthpiece that was, in the words of one blogger, “kind of scary, like one of the mean, aggressive fish from […]


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 […]


A Toothpaste Too Good to Be True?

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Maybe you saw the recent CBS This Morning segment on a new toothpaste “that claims to be more than twice as effective [as] traditional toothpaste.” Actually, the head of the company that makes it won’t call it toothpaste but a “dental gel.” Whatever. The Very Big Deal about it is that they claim it controls […]


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. […]


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 […]


Guest Post: Should You Try an “Oil Pulling Mouthwash”?

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Our thanks to the office of Houston biological dentist Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us share this recent post from their blog!   With a headline asking “Is Fluoride the New Mercury?” how could you not go see what it has to say, even if it’s on a site you never, ever visit – in […]


A Simple Toothbrush at the Middle of It All

Posted on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Though the standard advice is to never (ever, ever, ever, ever) share your toothbrush, some people will do it anyway. One British survey, for instance, found that 24% would share with their partner (6% with a celebrity). Another found that almost one in 10 had shared their brush with someone. Everybody, all together now: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeew! […]


Best. Toothbrush. Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

We don’t often write about, let alone recommend, specific products on this blog. But sometimes a product impresses us so much, we can’t imagine not telling you about it. Case in point, a new toothbrush that was recently recommended to us by a couple of periodontists Dr. V knows through one of his study clubs. […]


Stuff, Stuff & More Stuff

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

In case you missed it, Ikea’s head of sustainability recently got some attention when he noted that we seem to have hit the era of “peak stuff.” “If we look at a global basis, in the West we probably hit peak oil. I’d say we’ve hit peak red meat, peak sugar, peak stuff … peak […]


Research Continues to Support Oil Pulling

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Since oil pulling turned trendy last year, research has continued to show that it works – and that it works with a variety of different oils, though sesame, as noted before, has been the traditional go-to oil. But it may be taking a backseat to coconut oil, about which the news seems to get only […]



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