Bad Breath Doesn’t Always Begin in the Mouth

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Once again, 90 Day Fiance has come through with some more dental cringe, this time courtesy of “Big Ed”: While Ed’s motivation for the “gift” is suspect, you can’t totally blame him for thinking that bad breath comes only from poor oral hygiene. After all, 90% of all halitosis is caused by conditions in the […]


Don’t Floss & Drive (or “Drive,” for That Matter)

Posted on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Sure, Tesla says that its Autopilot features are meant only to be used with “active driver supervision and do not make the car autonomous.” You don’t have to look hard, though, to find Tesla “drivers” taking advantage of the system, letting the car take over while they apply makeup, for instance, or eat breakfast. Motorists […]


Toothpaste: To Foam or Not to Foam?

Posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

If you’ve been using a regular toothpaste all your life, it can feel pretty strange to use something like the tooth powder we told you about last month or a product like “Toothy Tabs.” They just don’t foam. Just as a minty flavor has come to be associated with freshness, so foam has come to […]


Another New Natural Toothpaste Arrives. Is It Worth a Try?

Posted on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

“The toothpaste aisle is the worst.” There are only like two toothpaste companies and they make about 1,000 different types. The Crest and Colgate racks are clearly delineated by their conveniently — maybe too conveniently — recognizable color patterns. Each of Crest’s 500 toothpaste varieties comes inside a box that is some shade of blue. […]


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 […]



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