Fluoride as Distraction

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Some things don’t need a click-baity title to make you sit up and pay attention – such as an argument against fluoride from what appears to be an overall pro-fluoride position. We’ve seen it at least once before, but another recently came on our radar via the Sydney Morning Herald. As a treatment for tooth […]


Sugar: The Difference-Maker

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Recently, we ran across a not-very-surprising-yet-kind-of-interesting study published earlier this year in Caries Research. The “no surprise” part is that it confirmed the role for sucrose – ordinary table sugar – in tooth decay. Evaluating a group of children over the course of 13 years, the researchers found that those with the highest sugar intake […]


Stat!: The Way to Decay

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Percent of Americans who don’t brush their teeth twice a day, as recommended: 40 Percent who, when they do brush, brush less than the recommended 2 minutes: 50+ Percent who never floss at all: 33 Grams of added sugar eaten daily by the average American: 77+ Grams of sugar eaten daily by the top 20% […]


Whatever Sugar Wants…

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2015

When it comes to preventing tooth decay, conventional dentistry typically offers just a couple “solutions” beyond standard oral hygiene: sealants and fluoride. Of course, neither of these addresses the major cause of caries (cavities). As the editor of the British Dental Journal wrote there last summer, It is…intriguing how when one asks a patient what […]


Stat!: Too Much Sugar

Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Max daily calories that the World Health Organization says should come from sugar: 10% of total Sugar consumption “target” recommended by WHO: 5% Target recommended by independent researchers to prevent tooth decay: 3% Percent of the average American adult’s daily calories that come from sugar: about 19% Of the average American youth’s daily calories: roughly […]


Want to Age Faster? Drink Lots of Soda Pop!

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Sodas and other sugary drinks can damage your teeth. A lot. (Research from the University of Adelaide recently showed that the destruction starts within the first 30 seconds of exposure!) Regular consumption has also been shown raise your risk of stroke and heart disease. Now comes a new study suggesting that those cardiovascular issues may […]


What Did You Expect? (Sugarific Edition)

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Hold onto your hats and glasses, folks! A study just published in the Journal of Dentistry finds that… Wait for it… Wait for it… Wait for it… Sugary drinks cause cavities in adults. And the more you drink, the higher your risk. Following nearly 1000 subjects for four years, the researchers found that those who […]


Sugary Drinks & Heart Health

Posted on Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Remember those 5 tips we gave you last week to escape from sugar’s trap? Well, take them to heart. Your heart will be grateful. For research continues to point to sugar – not fat and cholesterol – as a leading factor when it comes to stroke and heart disease. Just this month, a study in […]


Sugar: Sweet. Delicious. Comforting. Everywhere.

Posted on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Sugar consumption has skyrocketed over the last century. US per capita consumption now stands at 180 pounds a year, fueling all manner of chronic illness in adults and children alike. Sugar is big business. And like all big businesses, the industry will resort to just about anything to keep the money flowing. Remember how the […]


Just Because It Looks Healthy…

Posted on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here’s a classroom activity we ran across recently for teaching kids the difference between tooth-friendly and not-so-tooth-friendly foods. See a problem anywhere? It’s not so much exaggeration to say that Wheat Thins aren’t a whole lot better than those cookies on the left – even before you look at the ingredients. Refined grain products like […]



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