Just Brushing Your Teeth Isn’t Enough

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2010

It’s a common refrain: brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day. But did you know that you can brush regularly yet still be at risk of cavities and gum disease? Consider a study recently published in the Swedish Dental Journal. The study examined 500 randomly selected adolescents from Västra Götaland (Fyrbodal […]

Little Evidence Tamiflu Works & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

British Researchers: Little Evidence Tamiflu Works (PhysOrg) Researchers at the Cochrane Review, an international nonprofit that reviews health information, looked at previously published papers on Tamiflu as used for seasonal flu. They found insufficient data to prove whether the antiviral reduces complications like pneumonia in otherwise healthy people but concluded the drug shortens flu symptoms […]

How to Brush Your Teeth

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2009

The conventional wisdom says that you should brush your teeth after meals or at least twice a day to avoid tooth decay. But it doesn’t follow that so long as you brush regularly, you’ll get no cavities. A number of other factors work together to determine this – things such as dietary habits and genetic […]

“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 […]

Does Toothpaste Matter?

Posted on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

“Buying Toothpaste” by Judith Raices   So does it reallymatter which toothpaste you use? According to a Wealthy Dentist survey, 65% of dentists say yes. We say yes. And no. As we’ve written previously, toothpaste isn’t the most important factor in dental hygiene. What matters more are the tools you use and how you use […]

Proxy Brushes: Better Than Floss, Says Researcher

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009

We all know that we’re supposed to brush our teeth regularly, and about three-quarters of us manage to do so at least twice a day. But as we’ve noted before, brushing alone isn’t enough to completely disturb the biofilm (plaque) that builds up on our teeth daily. Floss, oral irrigators, perio-aids and interproximal (proxy) brushes […]

Short Term Bisphosphonate Use Also Damaging, and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2009

Common Oral Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Serious Jaw Necrosis (ScienceDaily) Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis. The study is among the first to acknowledge that even short-term use of common oral osteoporosis drugs may leave the jaw vulnerable […]

Why OJ + Toothpaste = Wicked Bad Taste

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2008

W2 a-w-f-i-l/Flickr The taste of orange juice immediately after toothbrushing is pretty bad. But why should it – and just about everything else – taste so very bad? Blame it on the stuff that helps make toothpaste foam: sodium lauryl sulfate (also known as sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl ether sulfate, abbreviated below as […]

Stat!: American Opinions on Dental Health and Hygiene

Posted on Monday, October 27th, 2008

Percent of Americans who say that good dental hygiene is “absolutely needed”: 80 Percent who say their hygiene is “excellent”: 33   Source: ADA, Crest, Oral-B opinion survey, via Medical News Today   Image: bre pettis/Flickr

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