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5 Things You Didn't Know About Cavities

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 09.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrew Swiatowicz

I always teach my patients that their first line of defense against cavities -- or, as we call them, dental caries -- is prevention. But despite our best efforts, some of us -- myself included! -- have had to see a dentist to treat a cavity. Here are five things you never knew about cavities. Some of these might surprise you.

Child's Cavity Is Blight on My Parenting Record

Sarah Smiley | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

Mothers don't like to talk about cavities because we view them as evidence of what we perceive to be bad parenting. How could we let those precious little baby teeth decay? Even the sound of the word -- "decay" -- makes us shudder.

There May Be An Upside To Cavities

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living

In news sure to delight 5-year-olds everywhere, there may be an upside to a mouthful of cavities. According to a study published in this month's Jo...

A Way To Get Cavity-Proof Teeth May Be On Its Way

Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living

Two scientists have discovered a molecule that kills the bacteria that can cause tooth decay, meaning a treatment for cavity-proof teeth could be on t...

9 Dental Issues You Share With Your Cats and Dogs

Amy D. Shojai, CABC | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy D. Shojai, CABC

Pet tooth problems can be surprisingly similar to their owners' dental issues. Here are common dental issues you share with your cats and dogs, as well as ways to avoid them.

New 'Smart' Mouthwash Could Prevent Cavities, Tooth Decay

Posted 11.22.2011 | Healthy Living

Wenyuan Shi, chair of the oral biology section of the UCLA School of Dentistry, has developed a "smart bomb" mouthwash that targets S. mutans, the bad...

New Probiotics Fight Bad Breath, Ear Infections and Cavities

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Katz

New oral care probiotics that contain S. salivarius K12 and M18 can actually help fight common oral care problems that many of us deal with every day.

A Few Pieces of Candy May Not Hurt Your Teeth

Dr. Harold Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Harold Katz

Researchers from Temple University found that the volume of sweets consumed doesn't affect oral health nearly as much as how often you eat them

The Chemical Marketplace Series -- Drinking It In: Is Fluoride Good for You?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With nearly 200 million Americans drinking fluoridated tap water these days, is it time to ask ourselves, do we really need the fluoridation?

Dueling Docs: Are Dental Sealants Safe for Kids?

Janice Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Horowitz

Five-to-10-year-olds who used sealants had less than half the tooth decay on biting surfaces five years after treatment than those who brushed regularly. But are they safe?