The Biggest Cavity Myth

A consumer-directed video on the Business Insider (7/21) website features American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Ada Cooper discussing dental caries (dental cavities). “The biggest myth about cavities is that if it doesn’t hurt you don’t need to fix it,” Dr. Cooper said. “That is completely wrong.” She states that when →

Researchers Developing Fillings That Help Teeth Regenerate

Newsweek reports scientists from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University are developing regenerative dental fillings that “allow teeth to heal themselves,” which could ultimately make some root canals unnecessary. The treatment works by “stimulating stem cells to encourage the growth of dentin—the bony material that makes up the majority →

X-rays Concerns Answered

Just the mention of the word x-ray or radiation sparks up an unpleasant image for many people. Let’s clear up some misinformation and put all of this into perspective! People have the tendency to automatically relate it to cancer, birth defects or even reproductive sterility. What individuals don’t realize is →

Nearly A Third Of Americans Never Floss Their Teeth

US News & World Report (5/2) reports that a new nationally representative analysis aimed to determine how often people floss their teeth, finding that 30 percent of the population floss daily, over 37 percent floss less than daily, and nearly 33 percent say they never floss. For the analysis, researchers →

Seriously Beware of What You’re Drinking!

Can you believe summer starts now? Wow! That means nearly half of the year is over! With the recent high temperatures, it’s easy to grab something cold to cool you down. However, beware of what you are drinking to cool you down! In a recent study published in the Journal →

Consulting With Dentist Prior To Any Tooth Whitening Regimen Advised

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated that although “tea, red wine, and blueberries” may provide health benefits, they may also contribute to teeth changing color. The article noted that several options for whitening teeth are available, adding that even for mild stains, “it’s a good idea to check with your dentist before →

Coffee, Tea, Red Wine Among Major Teeth-Staining Culprits

Yahoo! News provided a list of 15 foods and beverages that can stain teeth, including berries, coffee, tea, red wine, curry, hard candies, tomato sauce, cherry juice, soda, balsamic vinegar, beets, popsicles, sports drinks, grapes, and lemons. According to the article, coffee, tea, and red wine, for example, contain tannins →

Mouth Sores May Indicate Difficult-To-Diagnose Condition

In an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer (2/7), Dr. Eric T. Stoopler, an associate professor of oral medicine, discusses a patient who suffered from treatment-resistant mouth sores and skin lesions and “died of respiratory failure about a year after he first noticed the mouth sores.” Before his death, “immunological blood →

Excessive Home Tooth Whitening Can Cause Permanent Damage

The Vancouver (CAN) Sun (1/7, Ellis) reports that “the craze for whiter teeth is leading some people to overuse home bleaching kits and cause permanent tooth damage, says a University of British Columbia dentistry professor.” Adriana Manso, a clinical assistant professor in the faculty of dentistry, says that, under supervision, →

Facts You Should Know About Tooth Whitening

Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most →