Flossing Teeth May Help Your Memory & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, April 19th, 2010

Flossing Your Teeth May Also Improve Your Memory (WABC-TV) “Researchers looked at a group of men and women over age 60 and what they found was that those who scored lowest on tests of math and memory had been exposed to greater amounts of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease. And in fact […]

Mouthwash Isn’t a Toothbrush or Floss

Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2010

Oh, the news – or what passes for news – that we almost missed while taking a break from blogging: Us Magazine‘s headline of Jessica Simpson saying,     “I just use Listerine – and sometimes I’ll use my sweater,” she claimed, bursting into laughter. “I do brush every now and again, but my teeth […]

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Routine Breast Scans Don’t Affect Mortality (Globe & Mail) Screening programs in which post-menopausal women undergo routine mammography to help detect tumours have virtually no impact on reducing breast-cancer deaths, a new study concludes. The research, published in today’s [Mar. 24] edition of the British Medical Journal, says that while breast-cancer mortality has fallen sharply […]

Teaching Kids Good Dental Hygiene Habits

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010

As we’ve noted previously, children’s tooth decay continues to rise, often left untreated. We can imagine a few reasons parents might ignore the issue – from financial hardship to the belief that decay in primary teeth doesn’t really pose a problem since the teeth will just fall out anyway. The latter, of course, isn’t a […]

Help Your Kids Have Healthy Teeth & Gums

Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2010

ronmarshall074/Flickr   February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which means that dentists, public health folks and others will be talking a little more than usual about teaching kids good oral hygiene habits and stressing the need for more intervention. After all, caries (cavities) are on the rise, particularly interproximal ones – those that develop […]

Oh, The Things Microbes Can Do

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2010

Cavities happen when microbes in the mouth multiply, colonize and assemble as biofilm on the teeth – the scummy junk we commonly call “plaque.” The metabolic byproducts of these microbes – their waste – are highly acidic and eat into the enamel of the teeth, causing decay. Brushing and flossing break up the colonies, but […]

Your Smoking Rots Your Kids’ Teeth

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

We all know smoking is bad for us, upping our risk of so many diseases, from periodontitis (gum disease) to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and emphysema. It also increases the disease risk of those around us, courtesy of the effects of secondhand smoke. And recent research indicates one rather surprising disease in children that […]

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