Our Modern Diet is Making Our Teeth Rotten

A recent study that looked at the evolution of teeth over the past 7,500 years shows that today we have less diverse oral bacteria than in the past. Scientists believe that this has contributed to chronic oral diseases. The authors analyzed the DNA of calcified bacteria on the teeth of humans throughout history, from present…

New Evidence of Fluoride’s Usefulness

After it being a mystery for 50 years, scientists are now able to tell how having fluoride in drinking water, mouth rinses, and toothpastes is able to prevent decay of teeth. Their latest findings appear in the ACS journal Langumir. Karin Jacobs and her colleagues explain that even though there is about fifty years of…

Pregnant Women Need More Dental Care

  Pregnant women may not be getting the dental care that they need. There may be many reasons for this including that these women don’t go to the dentist because they are not concerned about their oral health or if they are concerned that dental treatment will have a negative effect on their pregnancy. There…

How Often Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

Believe it or not, your toothbrush may be one of the dirtiest things in the bathroom. The average toothbrush has thousands, sometimes millions, of living microorganisms dwelling within their bristles, which is why it’s so important that you change your toothbrush often.  So just how often should you replace your toothbrush?  If you are like…