Blog - Cavities
Why Can’t Dentists Cure Cavities or Regrow Enamel?
I’ve previously discussed why you can’t cure cavities, but recent research sounds promising, so it’s a good time to review. In addition, there were some good points raised in the comments of the previous article that deserve more attention. Be warned: lots of bullet lists ahead as I break it down. 😀 Recap: Why We Currently Can’t Grow Dentin […]Read more
“If You Don’t Floss, You’ll Die,” Says One Charlotte Dentist
Oh ok, sue me for the clickbait headline….you’ll die if you do floss, too. 😀 The Story: Does Flossing Even Work? Obviously, since I’m a dentist and have many dentists friends, one of the most commonly shared and widely discussed news stories this week has been about whether or not flossing is any good for […]Read more
Dental Cavities: How Fast Can They Grow?
How fast dental cavities grow may sound like a simple question, but it’s actually rather complicated. I decided to write about it, though, after seeing a patient recently to treat a cavity that went from just beginning to an almost-root-canal-sized cavity in just 14 months. It’s a good example of why most dentists still recommend dental […]Read more
More Bad Journalism on Fluoride
To paraphrase Britney Spears (my apologies to all), “Ooops, [Newsweek] Did It Again.” Oh yes, sadly, they did – their fearless and misinformed journalist Douglas Main has jumped into the proverbial fluoridated waters and misinterpreted yet another study about fluoride effectiveness. He had a bit of help this time, however, in that the article […]Read more
Juicing, Fruit Juices, & Energy Drinks: Worse than Soda?
Back on December 1st 2014, Forbes.com published an article on a study with the headline: Pure Juice Won’t Rot Your Kids’ Teeth. It didn’t get a lot of attention, thank goodness, because while the article was factual, it significantly overstated the conclusion, much like the 2015 Newsweek article claiming a non-existent link between fluoride and ADHD, […]Read more
Just How Bad are Sodas for Your Teeth?
MOST people know by know that sodas are bad for you. Not as many people know that diet sodas are just about as bad as regular sodas, simply because of how acidic sodas are. Yes – sugar is bad for your teeth, but acidity is even worse, and when you combine sugar and acidity, you’re […]Read more