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Trick Or Treat? A Dentist Ranks Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 10.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrew Swiatowicz

You'll find my favorite Halloween decoration at the front desk of my dental practice: a bowl of candy labeled "free cavities." (Yes, I know, dentists are hilarious!)

4 Things Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health

Health.com | Posted 08.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Health.com

Problems with your gums, teeth, and tongue can hint at health concerns deeper in the body, says Betty Haberkamp, DDS, a dentist at the Cleveland Clinic. Here are four oral signs you should see your doctor or your dentist.

I'm A Dentist. We Have To Talk About Flossing.

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 08.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrew Swiatowicz

Let's be clear about one thing. No study, and certainly no dentist, would ever claim or even imply that flossing is harmful. You would be hard-pressed to find a study that concludes a person's health is improved by eliminating flossing from her oral health routine.

Transparency Trumps Sugar: the New Nutrition Label and the Fight Against Obesity

William Dietz | Posted 07.06.2016 | College
William Dietz

Could it be we’re entering a sugar awareness Zeitgeist? That is, are we awakening to the abundance of sugar in the American diet and the toll it can...

This Latina Mom Supports CA's Proposed Soda Tax

Elisa Batista | Posted 04.10.2016 | Latino Voices
Elisa Batista

Let's be real here. Soda isn't harmless. It's liquid sugar that too often is consumed by kids like water. And now I want to say loud and clear: this mamá supports California's proposed soda tax.

Parents Inadvertently Feed Toddler's Pain: Nursing Bottle Syndrome

Humairah shah | Posted 03.25.2017 | Parents
Humairah shah

Picture of a 5 year old before and after treatment. As a dentist, if I were to tell you that there was one thing you could do to save your toddler or...

How To Cut Down On Added Sugar In Your Life

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living

By now you may have heard that the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines are advising Americans to keep added sugars to no more than 10 percent of their daily ...

5 Things You Didn't Know About Cavities

Andrew Swiatowicz | Posted 09.27.2016 | 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?