How to Control Gum Disease Holistically

That gum disease and diabetes appear to be linked isn’t news. What is new is a study in Acta Diabetologica confirming the association.   For it, researchers analyzed a set of 13 studies involving nearly 50,000 individuals, including 3197 who had diabetes. And what did they find?   Meta-analyses of adjusted estimates showed that diabetes […]

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Yes, Flossing Matters

Remember last year when the internet went crazy over the “news” that you don’t need to floss? The reality wasn’t nearly so interesting. No one actually said, “Don’t floss.” The USDA and HHS merely dropped it from their latest guidelines. It was reported that there just wasn’t enough good evidence to support flossing. But as […]

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More on the Cannabis – Gum Disease Connection

Blog long enough, and your inbox starts to fill with news releases. Among today’s batch: “The Forgotten Side Effect in the Marijuana Discussion,” in which a dentist insists, “I don’t see anyone discussing the negative effects of smoking marijuana, particularly to oral health.” To which we say, you must not be paying attention. Just about […]

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Gum Disease Affects Far More Than Just Your Mouth

Gum disease isn’t just some minor annoyance. As a new review of the literature reminds, it can impact the quality of your life, as well. The paper, published in the Journal of Periodontal Research, analyzed data from 34 cross-sectional studies that looked at perio status and quality of life among teens and adults. Twenty-five studies […]

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Want Healthy Gums? You Need to Get Enough Sleep

When researchers turn to the matter of healthy lifestyles – as in this 2016 study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings – they typically focus on just four elements: diet, exercise, obesity, and smoking status. Yet this is hardly all there is to “health.” One of the most overlooked aspects? Sleep. The value of getting enough […]

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Improve Your Oral Health with One Lifestyle Change

With 2016 now a memory, you might be thinking of improvements to make in this new year. And if one of those involves your oral health, we’ve got some good news for you. You may be able to do wonders for your mouth with just one lifestyle change. Now, we’ve all been told at one […]

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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 […]

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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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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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