March 2014

Azadirachta indica, the neem tree, can be used to make medicinal mouthwashes for preventing gum disease.

Does Neem Mouthwash Really Work?

Our article on the toothbrush tree, Salvadora persica, was very popular with our Placerville readers, so this week features a discussion of the neem tree, Azadirachta indica. Neem is native to India and has been used there to treat bacterial disorders, including those of the...

Our Placerville dentists talk about the risks of cleaning pacifiers with human saliva.

On Binkies and Bacteria

A recent Swedish study concluded that parents who “clean” their baby’s pacifier by sucking on it reduce the risk of allergies in their babies. Yet, numerous dental studies have concluded that cleaning a baby’s pacifier with parental saliva introduces cavity-causing bacteria, increasing the likelihood of...

Toothpicks do have limited use for cleaing your teeth, but our Placerville dentists have some better suggestions.

Don’t Be Too Picky!

You’ve just had a great meal with friends and family in your favorite Gold Country restaurant. The food was delicious, the atmosphere lovely and all went perfectly. Except for one thing – a hunk of food the size of a nugget is firmly wedged between...

Miswak is another name for the Toothbrush Tree, Salvadora persica.

Meet the Toothbrush Tree

Salvadora persica — the World's Toothbrush Tree It’s a tree. It’s a toothbrush. It’s a toothbrush tree!Do you ever see pictures from certain developing nations and wonder how everyone has bright, white and healthy smiles? They can’t possibly be picking up the latest oral health products...