Growing New Teeth to Replace Decayed Ones & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, December 13th, 2010

Gel That Can Help Decayed Teeth Grow Back Could End Fillings (Mail Online) The gel, which is being developed by scientists in France, works by prompting cells in teeth to start multiplying. They then form healthy new tooth tissue that gradually replaces what has been lost to decay. Researchers say in lab studies it took […]

Stat!: We Say We Value Our Dental Health

Posted on Friday, December 10th, 2010

In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Philips Sonicare, 97% of adults “agreed that oral hygiene was the most important factor that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.” And 90% claimed to brush at least twice a day. (That number may be a little high.) So, how well are we taking care of our […]

More Medicine ≠ Better Medicine, More Dentistry ≠ Better Dentistry

Posted on Friday, July 9th, 2010

Regular readers know that one of our ongoing pet peeves is the idea that more medicine is always better medicine. As Melody Petersen, author of Our Daily Meds put it in a recent interview on AlterNet, “Many Americans don’t understand that all of health care has risks and that too much of it can actually […]

Effects of Too Many Dental X-Rays & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Dental X-Ray Link to Thyroid Cancer (Telegraph) In a study of 313 cancer patients, scientists from Brighton, Cambridge and Kuwait found the chances of developing cancer rose with increasing numbers of dental X-rays. The researchers said the idea that dental radiography is absolutely safe merits further examination due to their findings. They argued that their […]

Captain Obvious in the Adventure of the Obese Kids & Their Correlated Cavities

Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010

Stop the presses!     Although the lead author of the study in question, Dr. Kathleen Bethin of SUNY Buffalo, notes that there’s been “very little published data associating” obesity and caries (cavities), we have known for a long time that sugars and fermentable carbohydrates – the two most dominant ingredients in highly processed junk […]

Triclosan in Toothpaste? No Thanks!

Posted on Monday, May 24th, 2010

Jack Black’s Stunt Double/Flickr   A recent media release distributed by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) touts the antimicrobial, antifungal agent triclosan as the latests “wonder ingredient” in toothpaste: Toothpaste that contains triclosan/copolymer is better than regular fluoride toothpastes at killing the kinds of bacteria that live in people’s mouths, according to a study […]

Stat!: Youth Tooth Decay Still on the Rise

Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2010

Percent of young, American children with untreated tooth decay in 2000: 16 Healthy People 2010 goal for percent with untreated decay: 9 Percent with untreated decay now: 20   hans.gerwitz/Flickr   Source: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, via AP  

“Candy Season” & Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009

Originally posted in September 2008, in slightly different form   A Fall 2008 headline and lead from the LA Times: It’s candy season so let the kids indulge It’s that time of year. The haul of Halloween candy kicks it off, and close on its heels are Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies. Here’s some surprising […]

Raw Foodism, Dental Cavities, Shades of Graze

Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2009

We regularly see new clients who eat a raw food diet to enhance their health. Yet when we examine their teeth, it is not uncommon to find a lot of decay. This often comes as a surprise to the client. Indeed, it seems counterintuitive when you consider that a raw food diet forgoes all processed […]

A Few Tips for Helping Your Kids Have Good Dental Health

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009

The state of children’s teeth is, to put it mildly, not so good. According to data recently distributed by the American Dental Hygientists’ Association (ADHA), 41% of children under 11 years old have primary tooth decay, and from there, the rate of caries (cavities) only increases. Amongst older teens, 68% have at least one decayed […]

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