ADAA 24/7 News Brief
Jan. 4, 2011

Brushing to fight flu
Our mouths are home to 300 species of bacteria. Dr. Jon Hardinger, a dentist in Mason City, Iowa, says if your mouth is dry, saliva can't fight those germs and you're much more susceptible to a virus. "Reducing dryness is a good thing when you have a cold, that's why I recommend a glycerin based mouthwash," he said. It can also help get rid of the cold. Surprisingly gargling mouth wash can often work better than other cold medications. More

New method developed for predicting shade improvement
after tooth bleaching

Medical News Today
Researchers at the University of Granada have developed a new method for predicting the precise shade that a bleaching treatment will bring about for a patient's teeth. What is innovative about this method is that it allows researchers to successfully predict the outcome of a bleaching treatment, which will have a significant impact on such treatments, which are becoming more frequent.More

Neanderthals cooked, ate vegetables
A new study shows Neanderthals cooked and ate veggies, challenging an earlier theory that the early humans were carnivorous. Researchers found starch granules from plant grains in their teeth, leading them to believe the early humans did not — as previously thought — have an exclusively meat-based diet. It also debunks the theory that Neanderthals became extinct because of dietary deficiencies.More

Music may help younger children with daily dental care
Routine dental care is one of the most important things a child can do to achieve an overall healthy lifestyle, but most would rather eat more candy than brush their teeth twice a day. For parents, this can lead to a daily struggle and may be a source of stress. However, there are ways to make brushing one's teeth a bit more fun.More

Wasabi! Sushi condiment may prevent cavities
Wasabi, the pungent green horseradish served with Japanese sushi, has been found to afford yet another health benefit: it could prevent tooth decay. Researchers found that isothiocyanates — chemical compounds found in wasabi — inhibited the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that cause dental caries, during test-tube studies.More

'Open Wide!' exhibit displays toys kids have cut their teeth on
USA Today
An exhibit at the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore features these and about 50 other "toothy toys" that have helped encourage good dental hygiene and dental-health awareness in kids from the 1940s to today. The exhibit, Open Wide! Toothy Toys That Made Us Smile, which runs through January, includes specialty toothbrushes such as Westinghouse's build-your-own rocket electric toothbrush from the 1960s, dental-themed games such as Hungry Hungry Hippos, and even an '80s video game called Tooth Invaders.More

When fear gets in the way
Dentistry IQ
You can update your tools, give out sugar-free candy, and put up as many fluffy cat posters as you want, but sometimes you have to go the extra mile to calm a frightened patient. Fear can turn the most reasonable person into an irrational mess. If that mess keeps you from safely and accurately performing the necessary dental work, something needs to happen.More