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Keeping Your Oral Microbiome Healthy

Keeping Your Oral Microbiome Healthy

Many of us have been conditioned to think of bacteria as the enemy. Antibacterial products are big business, as folks strive to keep their environment and body as antiseptic as possible. But is this the right approach? After all, not all bacteria are harmful. A good...
A Is for Apple, B Is for Beneficial Bacteria…

A Is for Apple, B Is for Beneficial Bacteria…

We’ve looked before at some of the ways your own microbiome affects your health, but this week, we’re shifting to the amazing apple microbiome. Yes, just like humans have microbial colonies in our mouths and guts, even plants have their own little worlds of resident...
More Trouble with Triclosan

More Trouble with Triclosan

When you get right down to it, you don’t really need toothpaste to clean your teeth. It’s the mechanical action of brushing – and flossing – that breaks up the bacterial biofilm (plaque) that forms on your teeth between cleanings. Oh, toothpaste can make the job a...
Mouthwash May Raise Your Blood Pressure, Too

Mouthwash May Raise Your Blood Pressure, Too

Conventional mouthwashes tend to be indiscriminate. Like many an antibiotic, they kill lots of helpful bacteria right along with the harmful ones. And that can have ripple effects throughout the body. Consider the small but compelling study just published in Frontiers...