KTH Flashback: Yes, Dental Care Can Cost. Avoiding It? Even More So.

Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

According to a new report from the ADA Health Policy Institute, about 1 in 5 American adults skip needed dental care. Far and away, the main reason they give is cost. They say they just can’t afford it or don’t want to spend the money. But one thing wasn’t exactly clear in the news coverage […]


The Unintended Consequences of Tongue & Lip Piercings

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The picture hasn’t turned any rosier for oral piercings since we last blogged about some of their unintended consequences, including infection, broken or damaged teeth, and orthodontic issues. One of the latest studies, published last month in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, confirms earlier research about the damage tongue and lip piercings can do […]


Vaping Is “Healthier” Than Smoking?: A Look at the Evidence

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

You hear lots about the damage that smoking can do to your health, but many people still don’t realize how brutal it can be on your teeth, as well. It’s the number one risk factor for gum disease. Ultimately, this makes it one of the leading causes of tooth loss, as well. For gum disease […]


Melatonin May Benefit More Than Just Sleep Quality

Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Even if you can’t easily get the lesser known sleep supplements we looked at last week, the more common ones can still be a big help – and not just for getting the quality sleep your body needs. Take melatonin, for instance. This safe and non-addictive supplement has been shown to be effective for treating […]


Biological Dental Health in 2018 – A Last Look Back

Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been blogging for over 10 years now! Yes, our first post went online all the way back in May of 2008 – a simple quote from James H. West to set the tone: Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit […]


Soft Bristles or Not So Soft?: What’s Best for Toothbrushing?

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

A new review of earlier research confirms the main rationale for dentists recommending soft-bristle toothbrushes over harder-bristle ones: They’re less apt to damage your gums. The researchers sifted through nearly 2000 studies to get to the 13 that met their criteria. Of those, 6 focused on bristle shape, 2 focused on stiffness, and 5 focused […]


Becoming Sugar Savvy

Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Too much sugar is bad for teeth, gums, and body alike, and the easiest way to avoid getting too much of the stuff is to avoid processed foods all together and minimize the amount you use in the cooking you do for yourself. Of course, for many, that’s easier said than done. Recently, we received […]


Do We Really Need More Products?

Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Last month, at a California Dental Association meeting in Anaheim, one presenting dentist lamented the fact that despite all the hygiene coaching and fluoride, too many patients were coming back with cavities. “Give me something to treat this disease that’s better than something my patients can buy at a drugstore,” Dr. Novy told the crowd […]


So Many Snack Bars, So Relatively Few Healthy Options

Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Let’s take a minute to talk about snack bars. No, not that kind of snack bar. This kind: Granola bars. Energy bars. Nutrition bars. Whatever you call them, they’re certainly tasty and convenient. What’s not to love? How about the massive amount of sugar some of these products can contain, not to mention a veritable […]


KTH Flashback: Resigned to a Lifetime of Tooth Decay?

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Originally posted February 17, 2016 Like other chronic diseases, dental caries – tooth decay – is largely preventable. With that in mind, read it and weep: Over 40% of more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity, according to a new Children’s Dental Health […]



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