Did you know that a common mouth microbe, Fusobacterium nucleatum, can promote colon cancer? This microbe – a player in gum disease, as well – has the potential to become pathogenic (harmful) when found in the gut. But how? A recent study in Cell Host & Microbe points the way. It’s the first study to […]
Mouth Microbes Found in the Gut Can Turn Carcinogenic
Tooth Infections, Even Hidden Ones, May Affect Your Heart
According to a recent study out of the University of Helsinki, an infection at the root tip of a tooth increases your risk of coronary artery disease – even if you have no symptoms. And many people with that kind of infection – known as an abscess – don’t. When tooth trauma affects a tooth, […]
European Union to Phase Out ALL Mercury Amalgam Use
When it comes to dental amalgam, Europe is a step ahead of the US. The Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry recently announced that the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted overwhelmingly to phase out all mercury amalgam use by December 31, 2022. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s a done deal. There are two more stages in […]
Sticky Business: In the Interests of Sugar or Public Health?
No doubt, you’ve heard about the recently released documents that reveal how the sugar industry bribed scientists in the 1960s to dismiss the link between sugar and heart disease. This corruption buried concerns about sugar’s relationship with heart disease for 50 years, while saturated fat was claimed to be the singular villain of the heart. […]
Periodontal Maintenance: More Than “Just a Cleaning”
When it comes to dental procedures, we know it can get confusing. It’s not you, it’s the terminology. Sure, “dental cleaning” sounds a whole lot friendlier than “prophylactic hygiene visit,” but it can also muddle things a bit. For not all cleanings are equal. If your appointment is for a “routine cleaning,” generally speaking, you […]
A Holistic View of National Dental Hygiene Month
It’s October, which means it’s also National Dental Hygiene Month – an appropriate time to give a shout-out to our awesome hygienists, Gloria and Lina, as well as for you to take a critical look at your home care. After all, your oral health plays a very big role in your overall health – such […]
Weston A. Price & Traditional Foods in the Nourished Kitchen
Dentist Weston A. Price traveled the world to discover the cause of dental decay and physical degradation. Ahead of his time, Dr. Price believed that the modern diet was the root cause of dental issues. He believed the return to a traditional diet could restore dental and general health. In this interview, blogger and author […]
Rest After Mental Work? You Might Want to Try a Little Exercise Instead
Focused mental activity, like sitting at a computer all day or studying, can mean hunger will soon follow. Feeling fatigued, the brain senses it needs more energy if it’s to keep functioning. It’s a built-in survival mechanism. But it may also play a role in weight gain, as suggested by a new study in Medicine […]
No More Triclosan in Soap, but It’s Okay in Toothpaste?!
If you’re afraid of bad bugs – all those germs you can’t see but just know are EVERYWHERE – you’re definitely not alone. And industry is there for you, ready to wipe away your anxiety with products promising you a germ-free existence. Fear sells, after all, and marketers know it. But the thing is, the […]
Gauging Inflammation: Friend or Foe?
When it comes to gum disease and its relationship with your overall health, inflammation gets its fair share of attention – especially the damage it causes our bodies. But negative effects are just part of the story. The truth is that inflammation is part of the body’s immune system. As such, it’s a key part […]