E-Cigarettes Hinder Smoking Cessation

As use of electronic cigarettes continues to climb, especially among youth and young adults, researchers at Wake Forest (N.C.) School of Medicine sought to determine whether there was a relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation in a sample of college student smokers. They published their findings in the August →

Infographic Shows More People Own Mobile Phones Than Toothbrushes!

In a release carried by Globe Newswire (8/4), the American College of Prosthodontists states that prosthodontists are dismayed with the Twitter infographic that shows “people own more mobile devices (4.8 billion) than toothbrushes (4.2 billion),” saying it is “the wake-up call for Americans to start prioritizing their oral health in →

Dehydration Can Lead to Bad Breath

It’s summertime, and the heat is on. For many, staying properly hydrated is especially challenging, more importantly if the main source of hydration are sodas, energy drinks, and other sweetened beverages, which don’t allow as much hydration as many are led to believe. It’s just true that “good ol’ water” →

Patients With Dry Mouth Should Stimulate Saliva Flow

Fox News (5/17) reported that “apart from being annoying, dry mouth can cause bad breath, and, in some extreme cases, tooth decay,” though there are “various steps” patients can take in order to avoid it. One dentist says that patients should consider the medications they are taking, which may dry →

Study Highlights Need To Rinse, Replace Toothbrush

Women’s Health (5/5) reports that a study from researchers at the University of Manchester found that “the average toothbrush can contain 10 million or more bacteria,” including E.coli and Staph. The article reports that the study illuminates the importance of properly rinsing and storing one’s toothbrush, as well as replacing →

Articles Point To Oral Health Benefits Of Chewing Sugarless Gum

Bloomberg News (4/9, Giammona) reports on difficulties the chewing gum industry currently faces, with sales down 15 percent to $3.5 billion since 2009 and the lingering feeling among industry insiders that, as one analyst put it, “gum is stuck.” The article primarily focuses on the product development and marketing efforts →

CDC: Cavities In Preschoolers Appear To Be Declining

Despite what appears to be good news is not that good at all. The New York Times (3/5, Saint Louis) “Well” blog reports that “cavities in preschoolers appear to be declining and fewer young children have untreated dental decay,” according to a report issued March 5 by the CDC and →

Cavities ARE contagious!

Dental caries, commonly known as tooth decay, is the single most common chronic childhood disease. In fact, it is an infectious disease. Mothers with cavities can transmit caries-producing oral bacteria to their babies when they clean pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths or by sharing spoons. According to →

Study: Seniors Who Sleep In Dentures At Higher Risk For Pneumonia.

Today, approximately 75 percent of senior citizens over age 65 have kept some or all of their teeth – a record -thanks to better preventive measures like community water fluoridation and daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, according to the American Dental Association,” a press release carried by the Senior Journal →