If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and If X Doesn’t Work, Try X, and…

Posted on Friday, April 17th, 2009

The American Dental Association has a bit of a track record of supporting dental procedures – the use of mercury fillings, fluoride, sealants – that have been shown to be potentially hazardous and, at best, only minimally effective. What’s especially stunning is when studies highlighting this fact show up in JADA, the organization’s own publication […]


A Few Tips for Helping Your Kids Have Good Dental Health

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The state of children’s teeth is, to put it mildly, not so good. According to data recently distributed by the American Dental Hygientists’ Association (ADHA), 41% of children under 11 years old have primary tooth decay, and from there, the rate of caries (cavities) only increases. Amongst older teens, 68% have at least one decayed […]


Chocolate That’s OK for Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008

jcolman/Flickr Eat a lot of sugar, increase your risk of cavities. We all know this. But why is it so? As we wrote earlier, Refined carbohydrates like sugar have a much greater tendency to stick to the tooth enamel than fats and proteins. Oral microbes love this and set about feasting on the sugars. They […]


Little Proof that Fluoride Is Effective for Kids 6 and Under, Says New JADA Study

Posted on Friday, November 14th, 2008

Groups like the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry just love fluoride, claiming that it is “effective” in preventing tooth decay. But thanks to a new review commissioned by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and published in their own journal, JADA, when it comes to children, they may need to start […]


Dental Stress, Stress About the Dentist and Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008

tvol/Flickr Worries About Money Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth (Daily Herald) Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth? Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they’re sleeping. Both habits can […]


And the Prize for Scariest Sweet Goes to…

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2008

Antony Pranata/Flickr Halloween’s coming up, and according to the California Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA), there’s one kind of treat that’s scarier than others: sour candy. This is due to the fact that “most of it contains acid levels so high that it approaches the pH level of battery acid.” “This Halloween, we are advising adults […]


Biofilm Build-up: Are You Disturbing?

Posted on Monday, September 29th, 2008

What do a stagnant pond, Clearly Ambiguous/Flickr a grimy shower krossbow/flickr and your teeth ozma/flickr all have in common? They are all places where biofilm thrives. Gross, we know. But strictly speaking, that “fuzz” you sometimes feel on your teeth is a biofilm. Dentists used to call it “plaque,” thinking it was a single substance […]


Eat Sugar – Support Your Local Dentist

Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2008

An irresponsible headline and lead, courtesy of 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 advice from a pediatric dentist: Let them stuff their little […]


Quick Links: Stress Effects, Incense & Cancer, Cavity Detection, How Words Wound, & Global Benefits of Going Local

Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2008

Chronic Stress Alters Our Genetic Immune Response (Science Daily) In a very promising preliminary study, Miller and colleagues found that the pattern of gene expression differed between caregivers of family members with cancer relative to a matched group of individuals who did not have this type of life stress…. Gregory Miller, Ph.D., corresponding author, explains…that, […]


Video: What Happens to Your Teeth After You Clean Them?

Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

The oral bacteria set to recolonizing and biofilm – the stuff we used to call “plaque” – starts to form. Check it out: “In vitro simulation of biofilm forming on enamel surface as human saliva is pulsed over an initially clean surface”



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