While the presidential election certainly took center stage this past week, election night also resulted in four cities passing new taxes on soda and sugary beverages, as well as California opting to raise tobacco taxes. Voters in San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany gave the green light to a penny-per-ounce tax levy on sugar sweetened beverages. […]
A Small Victory for Teeth? Soda & Tobacco Taxes Win
Sticky Business: In the Interests of Sugar or Public Health?
No doubt, you’ve heard about the recently released documents that reveal how the sugar industry bribed scientists in the 1960s to dismiss the link between sugar and heart disease. This corruption buried concerns about sugar’s relationship with heart disease for 50 years, while saturated fat was claimed to be the singular villain of the heart. […]
A Wakeup Call to the Sugary Soft Drink Makers
Recently, US district court judge Edward M. Chen rejected industry efforts to stop a San Francisco law requiring a health warning for sodas and sugar-sweetened drinks. Good. People’s health should take precedence over the financial interests of industry and its misleading marketing. True, the warning isn’t required for newspaper, magazine or television ads, menus, or […]
Medication for Bone Density Might Spell Trouble for Your Jaw
While routine dental care and good oral hygiene are important for everyone, they’re particularly important if you’re taking bone density drugs. That’s because osteoporosis isn’t just about your spine. It can affect your jaw bone, too – just not in the way you might think. It has to do with the bisphosphonate drugs commonly prescribed […]
Too Much Sweetness Weakens Defenses
Americans eat more sugar than anyone else in the world. Our average daily intake of 126.4 grams puts us well ahead of the pack. Convert it to calories and it adds up to 506. A day. Just from sugar. The stuff that fuels all manner of chronic disease, including tooth decay. Yet did you know […]
Does Chewing Gum Belong in Your Medicine Chest?
Xylitol is a sugar alcohol often found in sugarless gum. You’ve probably heard something about its potential to actively prevent cavities. What you might not know is that the evidence for its effectiveness is still not totally settled. Last year, Cochrane Reviews published an analysis of 10 studies comparing products containing xylitol with various controls. […]
Does Stevia Have a Role to Play in Keeping Your Teeth Healthy?
Given the degree of fluoridation in the US, you might be surprised to learn that dental caries (tooth decay) is still the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40% of children aged 2 to 11 have had decay in their baby teeth. Nearly a quarter of children have untreated decay. And adults are […]
Can Pregnancy Really Ruin Your Teeth?
It must be a slow news day when someone taking offense to a state trooper in a generally unremarkable exchange becomes noteworthy. It began when the trooper, Thomas Manning, pulled over an Indiana mom for speeding. Noticing her bad teeth and anxious behavior, he asked – perhaps not tactfully but not menacingly, either – “When […]
What’s Ozone Therapy & How Is It Used in Dentistry?
If you’ve read much about “alternative medicine,” you may have run across discussion of something called “ozone therapy.” But what’s that? The word “ozone” might make you think of pollution. We’ve all heard of the “hole” in the ozone layer caused by CFCs and other toxins. Maybe you’ve read that ozone is found in smog […]
Persistent Pathogens : Dedicated Defense
These are our children. We’d do anything for them, right? Helping them grow up with healthy smiles takes a little wrangling with microbes, though. Consider the results of a study published in last December’s Journal of Oral Microbiology: The Oregon Health & Science University School of Dentistry have determined that certain genetic strains of bacteria […]