Category Archives: Oral Health

Olympic Levels of Bad Oral Health

We like to think that Olympic athletes are in top physical health and that they all must have world-class health care. The truth about their oral health – not so world class! The British Journal of Sports Medicine just published a study that showed that these elite athletes had levels of oral health similar to… Read More »


A Brief History of Toothpaste

The toothpaste aisle at the store seems to keep getting bigger and more confusing. Gel or paste? Whitening or sensitive formula? With mouthwash or without? We’ve come a long way since the first commercially produced toothpaste in 1873. Toothpaste sold in jars was created in the mid-1800’s and Colgate started commercial production. This toothpaste was… Read More »


Dental Infections Can Be Serious

There has been an alarming rise in serious dental infections over the past few years. This translates to a 41% increase in the number of hospitalizations for dental abscesses from 2000 to 2008! If anything, these numbers have probably risen even more because of the long recession and patients putting off needed dental treatment. Oral… Read More »


Protect Your Smile – Say Cheese!

Say Cheese! It will make you smile – in more ways than one. New research suggests that cheese can help prevent tooth decay. The study, published in the journal General Dentistry, found that eating cheese changed the pH balance of the mouth. The improved pH levels reduced the risk of tooth erosion, and therefore, tooth decay.… Read More »


Are Natural Dental Products Effective?

There used to be only one or two brands of “natural” products on the toothpaste shelf in your local store. Today we are seeing a lot more products available – but they are usually more expensive than the products we are used to and they may, or may not, be as effective. The US Food… Read More »


Soda Strips Tooth Enamel

If you want to strip off some old paint you go to the hardware store and get some paint stripper. If you want to strip the enamel off your teeth you can just visit the closest convenience store and pick up a soda! Of course no one wants to damage their tooth enamel. When tooth… Read More »


Stinky Breath 3rd Worst Bad Smell

A British waste disposal company did a survey and found that stinky breath was the third worst bad smell in Britain. I know, we’ve made jokes about British oral health for years – look at the Austin Powers movies! But I wonder how a survey like this done in the United States would rank halitosis?… Read More »


A Dental Visit Could Save Your Life

A visit to your dentist could save your life – and you thought all we did was fill cavities! Our mouths and throats are vulnerable to cancers but the good news is that many cancer and pre-cancerous lesions in the oral cavity – including the lips, cheeks, teeth, jaw and throat – can be found… Read More »


5 Benefits of Cone Beam CT

You’ve had dental x-rays many times.  These images are flat and two-dimensional, and they have their limitations.  While x-rays are effective in detecting certain issues in the mouth, like cavities, certain dental issues require something more in-depth and precise.  Cone Beam CT Technology is an innovative solution to the limitations posed by more traditional x-ray methods.… Read More »


Which is Worse for Teeth? Soda or Meth?

A recent case study published in the journal General Dentistry answers the question whether drinking soda or using meth is worse for your teeth. Since we’ve all heard of “meth mouth” you would think the answer would be obvious. The astounding answer in this case – drinking large amounts of diet soda is just as… Read More »