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 […]

Your Toothbrush’s Dirty Little Secret

Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013

Maybe you saw the segment on Oprah a few years back. Or the one on Mythbusters. If so, you may have been freaked out by the thought of your toothbrush being a festering swamp of fecal matter and bacteria. But that’s TV. Can you trust it? A new literature review in Evidence Based Dentistry says […]

Is Flossing All That?

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All […]

Monday Morning Funny: Pawsing to Brush

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012

Recently, one of our clients was telling us how much she enjoyed our newsletter and blog. A cat-lover, she then tucked her next appointment card into her wallet and said with a wink, “But you know, it could use more cats.” Well, we knew we just had to address this cat lack immediately! After all, […]

Toothpaste – Why More Isn’t Better

Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011

Here in the US, there are more than 350 different kinds of toothpaste to choose from, many of them so-called “whitening” toothpastes, containing baking soda, peroxide or some combination of both. If using a small amount helps, wouldn’t it stand to reason that more would make it absolutely sparkle? It ain’t necessarily so. As we’ve […]

Old Toothbrushes Can Make You Sick

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011

Quick!: How old is your toothbrush or brush head? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know. And if you don’t know, it’s probably time to get a new one. We all should change our toothbrushes every three months or risk potentially serious oral health problems, says Dr. Nigel Carter of the British Dental […]

Muppets & Teeth

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011

Some time ago, we posted the classic Sesame Street clip of Bert’s musical play about teeth – just one of a number of dental-related segments the show has run over the years. In fact, the Muppets have really striven to teach kids about their teeth and how to take care of them. But when you […]

“I Do Not Understand Why People Should Brush Teeth”

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

Talk and reality shows have long exploited our interest in weird, extreme and destructive human behavior. Think shows like Hoarding: Buried Alive and My Secret Addiction. And some people are proud to raise their freak flag – even if it grosses out, creeps out or otherwise triggers WTF reactions. This is apparently the focus of […]

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 […]

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