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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 »


Sleep Apnea and Anxiety

Anxiety and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea often go hand in hand. Researchers still don’t know why, nor has it been proven that one necessarily causes the other. A University of California – Berkeley researcher said “It’s been hard to tease out whether sleep loss is simply a byproduct of anxiety, or whether sleep… 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 »


Tired? Blame Electricity

Do you feel tired? You are not alone – just look at how many energy drinks are on the market! One of the reasons we are all so tired could be our use of electricity. Using artificial light we have extended our days far beyond what our early ancestors were used to. Our internal clocks… Read More »


Baby Boomers Aware of Oral Health

Baby Boomers are aware of the importance of oral health! A new survey puts oral health among the top three medical concerns for people 50+ years of age. Boomers, and their smiles, are getting older but just like their music it looks like Boomer teeth are here to stay! The survey showed that 74% of respondents… Read More »


Healthy Teeth May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Healthy teeth and gums protect us against many health problems and a new study shows that poor oral health may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A study from Great Britain looked at brain samples donated by ten patients with dementia and ten without. The researchers found evidence that a bacterium commonly associated with chronic… Read More »


Save Your Skin – Get Some Sleep

Adequate sleep can save your skin according to new research. The study was conducted at Case Medical Center and funded by Estee Lauder and showed that poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and their skin recovered more slowly from environmental stresses like sun damage. People who were poor sleepers also had a worse… Read More »