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Ancient Humans Lacked Cavity-Causing Bacteria

This week we learned of an exciting scientific discovery. Researchers used a 5700-year-old piece of “chewing gum,” to reconstruct the genome of the young woman who chewed it. But it wasn’t just her DNA they discovered in the gum. The gum was also full of the oral bacteria in the woman’s mouth when she chewed ...

Teen E-Cigarette Use Increases Dramatically

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of teens using e-cigarettes has increased dramatically in the past year, marking a continued rapid rise in use since 2011. Although e-cigarettes may not have the same health consequences as traditional cigarettes, they can still cause health problems, including oral health ...

5 Reasons to Prioritize a Smile Makeover This Fall

If you are unhappy with your smile, you might have been considering a smile makeover for a while. If that’s the case, maybe now’s the time to stop thinking about it and finally do it. And there’s no time like autumn, especially early autumn, to get your smile makeover. Here’s why now ...

Many Americans Have Nightmares about Teeth, Too Few See the Dentist

Has this happened to you: you’re at your favorite restaurant, getting ready to bite into a nice, juicy burger. Only, instead of getting a mouth full of juicy meat, lettuce, and tomatoes, all your teeth fall out. Or maybe you have something important to say, perhaps a big, public speech, but instead of speaking, you ...

8 Secrets You Should Know about Tartar

One of the most important parts of your professional cleaning is the removal of tartar from your teeth. But what do you really know about tartar? Here are some of the secrets about tartar that you should know. Tartar Is Hardened Plaque The tartar that your dentist or hygienist has to scrape ...