The Future of Self-Repairing Teeth?

Posted on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Another year, another spate of stories about saying goodbye to the dental drill and hello to “self-repairing” teeth. Unlike most, though, this latest possibility – still in the expermental stages – actually sounds very practical and very promising. Research just published in Scientific Reports shows that an Alzheimer’s drug called Tideglusib stimulated dentin growth in […]


No Surprise: What You Eat Affects Your Teeth

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

As if we needed more confirmation that what we eat affects our oral health, a new study in the Journal of Dentistry pounds the point home: In children and adolescents, tooth decay is greatly influenced by diet. And it’s the usual culprits at work: soft drinks, acidic foods, sweets, and fruit juice (a double-whammy of […]


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 […]


Fluoridation in Action

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The ADA: The American Dental Association unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay. The CDC: Fluoridation of community drinking water is a major factor responsible for the decline in dental caries (tooth decay) during the second half of the 20th century. The history of water […]


Resigned to a Lifetime of Tooth Decay?

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 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 Project (CDHP) survey released February […]


Fluoride as Distraction

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Some things don’t need a click-baity title to make you sit up and pay attention – such as an argument against fluoride from what appears to be an overall pro-fluoride position. We’ve seen it at least once before, but another recently came on our radar via the Sydney Morning Herald. As a treatment for tooth […]


Goodbye, Fluoridation?

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We’re not exactly sure why a fluoride pump that broke three years ago has only now become news in Corpus Christi, but become news it has. According to the city’s Water Quality Manager, “the city hopes to have a new system installed in about two years.” Until then, no added fluoride. And if city officials […]


Sugar: The Difference-Maker

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Recently, we ran across a not-very-surprising-yet-kind-of-interesting study published earlier this year in Caries Research. The “no surprise” part is that it confirmed the role for sucrose – ordinary table sugar – in tooth decay. Evaluating a group of children over the course of 13 years, the researchers found that those with the highest sugar intake […]


Stat!: The Way to Decay

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Percent of Americans who don’t brush their teeth twice a day, as recommended: 40 Percent who, when they do brush, brush less than the recommended 2 minutes: 50+ Percent who never floss at all: 33 Grams of added sugar eaten daily by the average American: 77+ Grams of sugar eaten daily by the top 20% […]


Xylitol: “Not the Silver Bullet”

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Over the past several years, we’ve heard more and more about xylitol as a means of preventing cavities. Does it work? As our regular readers know, the evidence has seemed mixed at best. A new Cochrane review of the research confirms that suspicion. So far, there doesn’t seem to be enough good quality evidence to […]



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