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 […]


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 […]


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 […]



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