A dentist/researcher is shedding light on the sugar industry’s role in influencing government research into sugar’s adverse health effects. Cristin Kearns’ study in PLoS Medicine last year reported that more than 40 years ago sugar manufacturers attempted to steer federal…

The depression of Greece's economy is evident in the mouths of the nation's children. In the decade up to 2014, 60% of all dental problems in 15-year-olds were left untreated for at least a year, up from 44% in the previous decade, according to a recent survey by the…

As tooth decay, cavities and gum disease become increasingly common in developing countries, the primary challenge becomes building a model of dental care that is prevention-based, sustainable and affordable. Untreated tooth decay is the most prevalent of 291 major…

About 60% of the adult population of the United Arab Emirates is missing teeth because of gum disease brought about by a sugary diet and poor dental care habits, dentists say. They blame social stigma, fear of dentists and lack of education about treatment options for why…

Proposed warnings approved by top FDA officials that would have curbed dentists’ use of mercury and possibly affected millions of patients have been kept secret more than 3 years. The Department of Health and Human Services quietly killed the FDA’s “safety” communication…

Many Americans are poor flossers… and liars.

Fluoridated water as a source of debate is not going away for some people. This guest post reviews a Newsweek article about a study suggesting a link between fluoridation and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. "One thing is for sure: this study reminds us that what…

Do-it-yourself dentistry is on the rise in Britain where affordable kits containing all the fixings for lost fillings, caps and crowns can be bought at the corner “pound store.”  Oral health inequality is particularly bad because dentistry has in effect been privatized,…

Sugar industry ties to US government in the 1960s and 70s influenced approaches to prevent tooth decay in American children, UC San Francisco researchers have found. Although sugar consumption was known to lead to tooth decay, NIH concluded in 1969 that focusing on…