Biological Dental Health – A Look Back at 2012

Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year to all! We hope yours is off to a fantastic start and that 2013 brings you joy, peace, health and all good things. Once again, it’s time to take a look back at the year just past, our fourth full year of blogging. And once again, our readership nearly doubled. Thank you […]

Essential Oils & Healthy Gums

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012

There’s a new, small study out suggesting that “essential oil mouth rinse” may not improve your periodontal health all that much if you’re already pretty diligent with your hygiene. So are essential oils just a kind of gimmick? It depends on what kind of oils you’re talking about. The study, published in the International Journal […]

Pain after Tooth-Pulling? Why You Need to Let Your Dentist Know

Posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Via Australia’s Herald Sun, A woman who had to have a jaw reconstruction and all her bottom teeth removed after a simple tooth extraction is suing a Queensland hospital. Suzanne Marie Scott, 48, claims medical staff at Kirwan Women’s Hospital in Townsville should have diagnosed the onset of osteomylitis – a chronic bone infection – […]

A Second Glance & Some News Is a Lot Less Interesting

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Consider this recent story from io9: It’s true: The idea that a tooth dropped in soda will dissolve overnight is an urban legend. But does this mean that soda doesn’t damage your teeth? Nope. Evidence consistently shows that soft drinks erode enamel and contribute to caries (cavities; tooth decay). And in a similar fashion, even […]

Can Oil “Cure” a Cavity?

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

NOTE: Read the follow-up/update of this post That appears to be the claim of a post we recently saw over at The Healthy Home Economist, which describes healing a child’s “cavity” with butter oil capsules and a switch from tahini to raw butter at breakfast. While it’s true that decay can be arrested with good […]

How Smoking Primes the Mouth for Disease, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2012

In the Mouth, Smoking Zaps Healthy Bacteria, Welcomes Pathogens (MedicalXpress) Despite the daily disturbance of brushing and flossing, the mouth of a healthy person contains a stable ecosystem of healthy bacteria. New research shows that the mouth of a smoker is a much more chaotic, diverse ecosystem — and is much more susceptible to invasion […]

Ingenious Little Bugs

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2011

Spit. It even sounds gross. And that’s kind of the point. According to word historians, it’s “of imitative origin.” It sounds like what it means. Even the more polite “saliva” may come from a root word meaning “dirty.” But saliva is also kind of amazing stuff.     And in more important ways than that. […]

How Oral Bacteria Get to the Rest of the Body, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Mouth as the Gateway to Your Body (MedicalXpress) After cleaning your mouth, plaque begins forming before your brush even hits the cup. A key to plaque formation, said Yiping W. Han, a professor of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University is one of the most abundant and persistent bacterium that inhabits the mouth, Fusobacterium nucleatum. […]

Dental Health Affects How Kids Do in School

Posted on Monday, February 28th, 2011

As this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month draws to a close (incidentally, February is also National Pet Dental Month; we leave you to draw your own conclusions), here are a few facts from a study on the relationship of oral health, school attendance and performance recently published in the American Journal of Public Health: […]

Stat!: Oral Health in the Golden State

Posted on Monday, November 29th, 2010

Among all US states, DC and American territories, California ranks squarely in the middle when it comes to getting professional dental care. Percent of adult Californians who visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year: 67.7 Rank among all US states and territories: 31 Percent who have had their teeth cleaned in the […]

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