Another Toothbrush Option: Is It Worth It?

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

When it comes to cringe, it’s hard to beat a show like 90 Day Fiance, but this recent fleeting moment of Darcy’s oral hygiene was enough to make a dentist shudder: The whole point of a power toothbrush is that it does the scrubbing for you. You just need to hold the brush and move […]


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 […]


No, Glycerin Isn’t a Problem for Tooth Remineralization

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Recently on a holistic health page, we noticed someone asking about whether she should avoid glycerin in toothpaste. That this was even an issue was news to us – but apparently not to some corners of the internet, where you’ll find more than a few bloggers, not to mention sites about “curing” tooth decay and […]


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 […]


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 […]


Detoxing Your Teeth & Gums?

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

You know that the popular idea of “detox” has jumped the shark when Crest starts using it in the name of one of its product lines. We’re not exactly sure what makes this product so “detoxifying.” The main difference between it and other Crest lines seems to be that it has about twice the concentration […]


Yet Another Entrant in the Great Toothbrush Speed Stakes

Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

First, there was the 30-second toothbrush. But, dang it: You actually had to hold it in your hand and move it around your mouth. Then came the 6-second brush, no handle required – just a mouthpiece that was, in the words of one blogger, “kind of scary, like one of the mean, aggressive fish from […]


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 […]


A Toothpaste Too Good to Be True?

Posted on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Maybe you saw the recent CBS This Morning segment on a new toothpaste “that claims to be more than twice as effective [as] traditional toothpaste.” Actually, the head of the company that makes it won’t call it toothpaste but a “dental gel.” Whatever. The Very Big Deal about it is that they claim it controls […]



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