Growing New Teeth to Replace Decayed Ones & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010

Gel That Can Help Decayed Teeth Grow Back Could End Fillings (Mail Online) The gel, which is being developed by scientists in France, works by prompting cells in teeth to start multiplying. They then form healthy new tooth tissue that gradually replaces what has been lost to decay. Researchers say in lab studies it took […]


Exercise’s Benefits for Seniors & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, October 1st, 2010

Lifelong Exercising Yields Sensational Results (ScienceDaily) Senior active skiers have twice the oxygen-uptake capacity of seniors who do not exercise. This is shown in new research at Mid Sweden University. “The findings show that humans have a great potential to maintain a high level of physical work capacity and thereby better quality of life even […]


More Medicine ≠ Better Medicine, More Dentistry ≠ Better Dentistry

Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2010

Regular readers know that one of our ongoing pet peeves is the idea that more medicine is always better medicine. As Melody Petersen, author of Our Daily Meds put it in a recent interview on AlterNet, “Many Americans don’t understand that all of health care has risks and that too much of it can actually […]


Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]


Captain Obvious in the Adventure of the Obese Kids & Their Correlated Cavities

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Stop the presses!     Although the lead author of the study in question, Dr. Kathleen Bethin of SUNY Buffalo, notes that there’s been “very little published data associating” obesity and caries (cavities), we have known for a long time that sugars and fermentable carbohydrates – the two most dominant ingredients in highly processed junk […]


Late Night Nosh Can Damage Your Teeth & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, June 14th, 2010

Midnight Snacking Damages the Teeth, Experts Warn (BBC) Eating food in the middle of the night can seriously damage your teeth, Danish experts have warned. Researchers examined medical records of 2,217 Danes and found midnight snacking ups the risk of tooth loss, regardless of the type of food eaten. The University of Copenhagen team blamed […]


Stat!: How Do Cali Kids Rank in Dental Health?

Posted on Monday, June 7th, 2010

Rank of California among the 50 states in children’s dental health: 48th States ranking lower than California: Arizona, Texas Percent of California children younger than 5 with untreated dental decay: 28 Percent of young US children with untreated decay: 20*   Lovingkindness2006/Flickr   In 2007, the last year that data for many reports was available, […]


Triclosan in Toothpaste? No Thanks!

Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010

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 […]



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