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 […]

“Candy Season” & Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009

Originally posted in September 2008, in slightly different form   A Fall 2008 headline and lead from the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising […]

Don’t Use Natural Toothpastes?

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009

Henna Lion/Flickr A short and silly item recently ran in “The Thin Green Line” eco-blog at SFGate.com, which we reproduce here in full so you can immediately appreciate the mind-blowingness of it: Dentist: Don’t use natural toothpastes Good news and bad news at the dentist this morning. The good news is, my teeth are fine. […]

Divorcing the Mouth from the Body

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2009

Late last month, an article published in the Journal of Dental Research by P. Hujoel of the University of Washington School of Dentistry got a notable bit of media coverage. Most of it focused on the fact that – as the article noted and one headline put it – “diets bad for [the] teeth [are] […]

Sugar Prevents Cavities?

Posted on Monday, July 27th, 2009

Check out the headline on this wire story that recently made the rounds:     Note to the headline writers of the World Entertainment News Network, distributor of the story: sugar and sugar alcohol are NOT the same thing…as the article in question clearly states. sub-sti-tute, n., One that takes the place of another; a […]

More Dental Oddities

Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009

Several new concepts to add to our ever-growing list of weird dental products: Bluetooth in Your Tooth? Our last post on weird dental products featured a Bluetooth mike that can be implanted in a tooth – presumably for people who like to talk on the phone a lot. Now an article in the latest issue […]

Another Way Stress Affects Your Dental Health

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2009

When you’re stressed, you feel it.   JD’na/Flickr   Your neck, shoulders and back may get tight. You may have nagging headaches. Your stomach may churn or feel like lead. It’s a whole body experience. And according to a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, it affects your mouth’s periodontal tissues – […]

Captain Obvious Strikes Dental Research Again

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2009

So there’s this new study in the Journal of Dental Research on “Predictors of Dental Caries Progression in Primary Teeth” – in other words, risk factors for kids getting cavities. We think you can probably guess a lot of them. Want to give it a try?     Now let’s see how you did. The […]

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