Archive for February, 2014
Pilot trial shows new candy is effective in reducing levels of cavity-causing bacteria
For years, we’ve all been told that candy is bad for our teeth. Now, however, researchers are seeking to turn this old perception on its head by developing a sugar-free candy that actually fights cavities. The results of a very promising pilot trial of their cavity-preventing candy were recently published in the journal Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins.
The Researcher’s Hypothesis
We get cavities when “bad” bacteria on the surface of our teeth feed on food scraps and release enamel-dissolving acid. Because bacteria especially love to feed on sugars, candy and other…
Starting in 2015, dental coverage will be included in all children’s health plans
Among the many hiccups associated with the roll out of the Affordable Care Act has been a failure to ensure that all children receive dental insurance. While dental care for kids is one of the 10 essential health benefits that must be offered under the law, the board of Covered California, our state’s healthcare exchange, recently discovered that only 27 percent of enrolled kids were getting dental coverage.
Why Families Aren’t Buying Pediatric Dental Plans
Currently, most dental plans are sold as…