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How Grungy Can a Toothbrush Get? Very! Here’s What to Do

“You’ll never want to brush your teeth again!” Or so went one common reaction to research presented a few weeks ago at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. That research found that more than half of all toothbrushes used in shared bathrooms were contaminated with fecal matter. Pretty gross. Yes. And it […]

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The Proper Care & Feeding of Teeth: Are You Walking the Talk?

Most people can tell you how long to brush your teeth, how often to floss, and which foods are tooth-healthy. That doesn’t mean they actually follow their advice. For instance, according to a recent survey by :DentalPlans, just three out of five people brush twice daily. When they do, they often don’t brush long enough, […]

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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really All That?

Even Consumer Reports seems less than fully committal, saying that a “good soft-bristled manual toothbrush” is good enough – presuming “you take the time and effort” – but that powered brushes can be helpful. But they can also be pricey – up to nearly $150 pricey. CR sounds a little skeptical as to whether any […]

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What You Need (and Don’t Need) in Your Toothpaste

The typical toothpaste can contain a lot of things your teeth don’t necessarily need or want. Fluoride, of course, is one. Sodium lauryl sulfate is another. And one more is now banned in Minnesota: triclosan. According to AP, a bill signed in May by Governor Mark Dayton prohibits the use of this chemical in “most […]

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