Guest Post: Should You Try an “Oil Pulling Mouthwash”?

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Our thanks to the office of Houston biological dentist Dr. Bill Glaros for letting us share this recent post from their blog!   With a headline asking “Is Fluoride the New Mercury?” how could you not go see what it has to say, even if it’s on a site you never, ever visit – in […]

Further Adventures in Caffeination

Posted on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Didn’t caffeinating everything jump the shark a few years ago? Yes. Caffeinated toothpaste. Each dose is said to contain the equivalent jolt of an 8 ounce cup of coffee. The concept is that it gives you your buzz quicker since the caffeine can be absorbed directly through the soft tissues of the mouth. And on […]

Stat!: The Way to Decay

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Percent of Americans who don’t brush their teeth twice a day, as recommended: 40 Percent who, when they do brush, brush less than the recommended 2 minutes: 50+ Percent who never floss at all: 33 Grams of added sugar eaten daily by the average American: 77+ Grams of sugar eaten daily by the top 20% […]

Adventures in Dental Hygiene

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

You know there’s a National Month or Week of nearly everything. That includes dental hygiene. And hygiene’s month is this month. So saith the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. And the Wrigley’s Gum folks. And so to the usual tip list of floss, brush and rinse, they’ve added “chew.” Sure, chewing sugarless gum is one way […]

Beyond the Boring Old Toothbrush

Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013

What better time than the day after Halloween to have a National Brush Day, right? Though really, this newly declared observation is less about this and more about this which is to say not a one-day-a-year problem but an ongoing one. Yet it’s almost completely preventable – in part, through regular and effective hygiene. Ideally, […]

To Rinse or Not to Rinse?

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Think about what your teeth are like just before you brush them. They’re probably a little on the gnarly side. Think particles of food, predigested by saliva. Think of bacterial slime coating your teeth. Think of anaerobic microbes partying in your periodontal pockets – bacteria, viruses, yeasts, all doing the happy dance because they’ve been […]

A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out […]

Captain Obvious and the Toothpaste of Doom

Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2013

Captain Obvious narrowed his eyes and frowned. On his monitor, a study recently published in Acta Ondontologica Scandinavica. Our intrepid hero – champion of common sense in research and the enemy of wasted money and time – read the abstract, and then he read it again. It had been years since his Ridiculous-Sense had fired […]

Nothing to Worry About

Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The gentleman obviously takes pride in his teeth: I get my teeth cleaned every six months. I also brush and floss my teeth several times a day. As a result, I’ve grown accustomed to hearing nothing but praise from the people who clean my teeth. It’s usually something along the lines of – “Your teeth […]

The Dentist Who Says You Don’t Need to Floss

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Remember when Jessica Simpson made those comments about never brushing her teeth? (“I just use Listerine,” she said, “and sometimes I’ll use my sweater.”) Remember that South Korean TV show guest whose claim to fame was not brushing for a decade or more? (“I do not understand why people should brush teeth, as it is […]

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