Research Continues to Support Oil Pulling

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Since oil pulling turned trendy last year, research has continued to show that it works – and that it works with a variety of different oils, though sesame, as noted before, has been the traditional go-to oil. But it may be taking a backseat to coconut oil, about which the news seems to get only […]

Last Chance to Enter Our Drawing for a New Waterpik Pro Unit

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Just a quick reminder that this week is the deadline to enter our drawing for a free Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser – this Thursday, March 12, to be exact. This nifty tool normally retails for $80 and is an excellent addition to your home hygiene routine. Check out our full product review for details […]

Product Review & Giveaway: Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Let’s face it: Most people don’t floss regularly. Why else would things like this and this be at all funny? Yet that simple fact goes a long way toward explaining why periodontal (gum) disease is so rampant. As many as 75% of the adult population has it to some degree. It’s the sixth most prevalent […]

Powered Toothbrush or Manual? What the Latest Evidence Says

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

For a long time, the choice between manual and powered brushes was mainly one of personal preference. Now, more evidence suggests that when it comes to breaking up oral biofilm (plaque), powered brushes may in fact be more effective. The latest Cochrane Review on the matter was published this past summer. Analyzing 56 relevant trials, […]

Another Natural, Fluoride-Free Option for Cleaning Your Teeth

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Once upon a time, toothpaste wasn’t paste. It was powder. (And once upon a time before that, it was things like crushed shells, burnt bread, charcoal and dragon’s blood, but that’s another story for another time.) In fact, although the first mass produced pastes were available by the late 1800s, it wasn’t until after World […]

Why Pick a Poison?

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

A new study offers a new theory as to how fluoride really works: The findings revealed that fluoride reduces the ability of the decay-causing bacteria to stick. That would indicate that fluoride contributes to making it easier for teeth to be washed of decay-causing bacteria by saliva, brushing and other activity. The research was published […]

Oral Health-Oral Cancer Conundrum

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Late last month, you might have noticed a lot of whoop-de-doo about a study which found a link between poor oral health and oral HPV infection. More than one headline suggested that brushing and flossing might lower your risk of cancer. “The finding,” however, is a “modest association,” said Aimée R. Kreimer, an epidemiologist at […]

Stat!: Are Your Teeth Holding You Back?

Posted on Monday, July 29th, 2013

Percentage of “senior decision-makers” in small or medium businesses who say “poor dental health or hygiene would have a negative effect on their decision to do business with someone”: 48 Percent who say it would “affect their decision to promote an employee – regardless of their ability”: 44 The key lesson is to spend as […]

Do You Really Need to Pitch Your Toothbrush After You’ve Been Sick?

Posted on Friday, June 21st, 2013

So just how common is the advice of twice yearly dental visits? Shortly after we learned about the study challenging this acorn, we ran across this list of ways you may unknowingly be “hurting your teeth.” Skipping dental visits is one of them. But that’s not what caught our attention. Don’t Use Your Toothbrush After […]

A Toothbrush Isn’t Forever (Heck, It’s Not Even More Than 4 Months!)

Posted on Monday, April 22nd, 2013

If stats from a couple of dental clinics are to be believed, 75% of people don’t replace their toothbrush as often as they should. This may or may not be related to the fact that the average time between dental appointments, according to this same report, is 3 years. So let’s get two things out […]

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