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 […]


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 […]


Not Just Bacteria…

Posted on Thursday, March 20th, 2014

It’s not necessarily just bacteria that’s involved in tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems. Via Dr. Bicuspid: Early childhood caries (ECC) may result from a nefarious partnership between a bacterium and a fungus, according to a new study in the journal Infection and Immunity (February 24, 2014). Infection by Streptococcus mutans and […]


Offered Dessert? Smile & Say “Cheese!”

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014

When it comes to your teeth, there may be something to having cheese for dessert – and not just because it’s non-sugary and calcium-rich. Recently, scientists found that it may actively lower your cavity risk. For one, it makes conditions in your mouth less acidic. Where acidity can erode enamel, leaving teeth more vulnerable to […]


Xylitol: Opinion Shifts Again?

Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2013

What were we saying about health news sometimes being a little crazy-making? About a month ago, a new xylitol study found that lozenges made with the stuff might not actually be all that great at reducing tooth decay. This month: But this paper, published in the Journal of Dental Research, is a true follow-up: a […]


“…Tooth Decay Will Generally Be Checked, Provided…”

Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

When we first wrote about the claim that you can “cure” a cavity with little more than butter oil supplements, we had no idea it would become one of our most read and shared posts ever. Nor did we anticipate the strong feelings it would stir among both those who had similar questions and those […]


Do Xylitol Supplements Help Fight Cavities?

Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2013

Xylitol is pretty interesting stuff – a sugar alcohol that seems to help prevent cavities and remineralize teeth. But new research suggests what we noted before: It’s no magic bullet. Published earlier this year in JADA, the study involved several hundred adults, ages 21 through 80, who showed a higher than normal risk of developing […]


Captain Obvious Gets Philosophical

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A while back, we looked at a fluoride study that inadvertently raised the issue of whether fluoridation is really all that effective. Other papers have noted its limits, as well. Consider the study published in JADA back in 2004, which sprang from the possibility that “dietary patterns in young children may offset some of the […]


Sugar-Sweetened “Logic”

Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012

Let’s play a little game of Follow the Logic: Sugar in food and drink is a drag on dental health. There’s no evidence that the sugar in medicine causes cavities. People eat a lot of sugar. There’s no point in making sugar-free medicine. That is indeed the “argument” – such as it is – of […]


Better Teeth through Chemistry?

Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2012

Did you hear the one about the new “chemical” that’s supposed to make teeth “cavity-proof”? The chemical was designed by dentists in Chile, and wipes out all the bacteria that cause cavities in just 60 seconds in tests. The chemical targets ‘streptococcus mutans’, the bacteria that turns the sugar in your mouth into lactic acid […]



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