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To Floss or Not to Floss? The Decision That Has You in Knots

We know: You never liked to floss in the first place – well, unless you were trying to remove a chunk of something wedged between your teeth. And you’re a bit tired of going to the hygienist every six months and getting schooled all over again in proper technique. So you were probably thrilled to […]

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6 Ways to Get More Nutrients Now

Summer tomatoes are great! Not only are they delicious, they’re full of flavonoid antioxidants such as lycopene – credited with lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer – and zeaxanthin, which may protect eyes from age-related macular disease, not to mention vitamin A and carotenes, vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K. In an […]

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Artificial Light May Increase Aging & Fragility

As you age, body maintenance can feel like it’s taking over your life. In the quest to stay strong and healthy as we get older, we try to eat right, exercise enough, maintain oral health, think positively, and get enough sleep. And just when you think you have it all figured out, a new study […]

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Chickens, Eggs, Obesity, Gum Disease

You know the age-old quandary, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” It’s a good reminder of how science isn’t always about finding one definitive answer. It can also provide a lens to see unique relationships. So let’s rephrase the question: Which comes first, obesity or gum disease? Though both are marked by chronic […]

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Bad Breath & Alzheimer’s Disease

There’s a better reason than bad breath to to get your gum disease under control. For one, research has shown that gum disease is a probable risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease is a low-grade systemic disease. If you have it, you release a particular type of pro-inflammatory cell that systematically circulates and elevates […]

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What’s In Your Mouth? Know Your Dental Work

Recently, the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) launched a campaign to raise awareness about the dental lab work in your mouth. They encourage you to know where your lab work was done, by whom, and what materials were used. When it comes to dentistry, the right to know what’s in your mouth has been […]

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Food’s Defense on a Warming Planet

Just like people, plants react when they’re stressed. And according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), they’re doing just that. Everyday edible crops such as wheat and maize are stepping up the amount of toxins they generate to protect themselves from extreme weather patterns linked to climate change. Eaten over […]

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Ganja Gums: Oral Health & Marijuana Use

Last week, Ohio became the latest state to legalize medical marijuana. Four states (and three cities) have legalized it completely, allowing it for both medicinal and recreational purposes. Used as medicine or not, every drug has “side effects” – everything a drug can do besides the one thing you really want it to do. It’s […]

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Guest Post: Mindfulness As an Antidote to Inflammation

Our thanks to the office of Michael G. Rehme, DDS for letting us repost this article from their Tooth-Body Blog… We live in a tech-driven environment, able to virtually be in many places at once. While this can simplify many aspects of our lives, it also means we’re not always inhabiting the space we’re in. […]

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A Wakeup Call to the Sugary Soft Drink Makers

Recently, US district court judge Edward M. Chen rejected industry efforts to stop a San Francisco law requiring a health warning for sodas and sugar-sweetened drinks. Good. People’s health should take precedence over the financial interests of industry and its misleading marketing. True, the warning isn’t required for newspaper, magazine or television ads, menus, or […]

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