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 […]


When Tooth Decay Happens Despite Fluoride

Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Considering that fluoride is in nearly all common toothpastes and most of the water we drink, you’d think tooth decay would be just a distant memory by now. But no. Nearly 20% of kids and over 30% of adults have untreated dental caries. And according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly […]


Candida‘s Role in Tooth Decay

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

When people talk about “bad bugs” in the mouth – the ones that lead to tooth decay and gum disease – they’re usually talking about bacteria. And why not? There are tons of them, even in the cleanest mouth – billions, representing roughly 700 species. And just watch ’em proliferate! To speed up the video, […]


Power vs. Manual Toothbrushes: The Debate Continues

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In the ongoing debate over which toothbrush is better for you, power or manual, we ultimately come down on the side of “whichever you use regularly and effectively.” For some, that’s a power brush. For others, it’s manual. Some switch between both. The main thing is brushing twice a day and, at minimum, flossing once. […]


Brush, Floss,…Sleep

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

When you think about taking care of your teeth, you probably think of brushing, flossing, eating right, and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. But there are other drivers of oral health that you might not think of right away. Sleep, for instance. Previous research, such as the 2007 Journal of Periodontology study we told […]


Toothpaste Optional

Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Does toothpaste really matter? Well, yes, in so far as you want to steer clear of ingredients such as fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triclosan, not to mention artificial flavors and colors. But when it comes to removing plaque, not really. It’s the brushing that matters more than the paste – as we’ve noted before […]



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