Resigned to a Lifetime of Tooth Decay?

Posted on Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Like other chronic diseases, dental caries – tooth decay – is largely preventable. With that in mind, read it and weep: Over 40% of more than 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed believe they have little or no control over whether they get a cavity, according to a new Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) survey released February […]


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 […]


Goodbye, Fluoridation?

Posted on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

We’re not exactly sure why a fluoride pump that broke three years ago has only now become news in Corpus Christi, but become news it has. According to the city’s Water Quality Manager, “the city hopes to have a new system installed in about two years.” Until then, no added fluoride. And if city officials […]


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% […]


Xylitol: “Not the Silver Bullet”

Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Over the past several years, we’ve heard more and more about xylitol as a means of preventing cavities. Does it work? As our regular readers know, the evidence has seemed mixed at best. A new Cochrane review of the research confirms that suspicion. So far, there doesn’t seem to be enough good quality evidence to […]


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 […]


How the Insides of Your Teeth Affect the Outsides

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Of course, saliva isn’t the only natural defense system for your teeth. Another lies within the miles of microscopic tubules that make up the tissue between the hard outer enamel and delicate inner pulp of each tooth: dentin. Those tubules aren’t just empty chambers. Fluid flows through them – mainly cytoplasm from the odontoblasts that […]


A Better Way to Prevent Decay

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Yes, spit is gross. It’s also pretty amazing – and critical to oral health. It helps wash away food particles and decay-causing microbes. It dilutes acid, helping keep the oral pH neutral or slightly alkaline. It provides calcium and phosphate to help remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel. What’s more, research published late last year in […]


10 Papers Undercutting Fluoridation Clichés

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

While we’re on the subject of top 10 lists, Dr. Paul Connett sent out a keeper just before Christmas: “Ten Key Papers that Challenge the Pro-Fluoride Mantra.” That “mantra,” of course, is “that fluoridation is ‘safe,’ ‘effective’ and ‘cost effective.” The 10 papers below provide a strong, science-based counterpoint to pro-fluoridation claims. Notably, several of […]



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