20 More Health-Related Articles Worth Checking Out

Posted on Monday, December 14th, 2009

As mentioned, we check the web daily for health and wellness news and articles that we think may be of interest to you. Inevitably, we wind up with much more material than we can possibly write about yet find worth sharing. So, without further ado, here are 20 more articles that have stacked up over […]


Little Evidence Tamiflu Works & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

British Researchers: Little Evidence Tamiflu Works (PhysOrg) Researchers at the Cochrane Review, an international nonprofit that reviews health information, looked at previously published papers on Tamiflu as used for seasonal flu. They found insufficient data to prove whether the antiviral reduces complications like pneumonia in otherwise healthy people but concluded the drug shortens flu symptoms […]


How to Brush Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2009

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic […]


“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 […]


Does Toothpaste Matter?

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

“Buying Toothpaste” by Judith Raices   So does it reallymatter which toothpaste you use? According to a Wealthy Dentist survey, 65% of dentists say yes. We say yes. And no. As we’ve written previously, toothpaste isn’t the most important factor in dental hygiene. What matters more are the tools you use and how you use […]


Proxy Brushes: Better Than Floss, Says Researcher

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009

We all know that we’re supposed to brush our teeth regularly, and about three-quarters of us manage to do so at least twice a day. But as we’ve noted before, brushing alone isn’t enough to completely disturb the biofilm (plaque) that builds up on our teeth daily. Floss, oral irrigators, perio-aids and interproximal (proxy) brushes […]


Manual vs. Sonic Toothbrushes: Is One Kind Better than the Other?

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009

Via the LA Times: Your first toothbrush probably didn’t come with a user’s manual. You picked the thing up, put it in your mouth, moved it across your teeth in a vaguely up-and-down fashion, and called it good. Old-school toothbrushes are still the norm in medicine cabinets everywhere. Dentists hand them out for free by […]


Help with Children’s Dental Health & Hygiene

Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2009

Makelessnoise/Flickr A trio of recent articles on children’s dental health that we’d like to draw your attention to: Brush Up on Healthy Teeth This informative article from the Edmonton Sun explains a bit about how problems with the primary (“baby”) teeth can contribute to problems later in life, after the adult teeth have erupted. It […]


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. […]


Dental “Secrets” That Aren’t Really So Secret

Posted on Friday, August 14th, 2009

Among the “50 Secrets from Your Dentist” recently featured in Reader’s Digest, we find some excellent, concise statements that pound home some key points about dental health and hygiene – points that bear repeating. Some truly educated people think that if nothing in their mouth hurts, they’re fine. High cholesterol doesn’t hurt, either, but it’s […]



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