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Micronutrients for Healthy Gums

Good nutrition is essential for fighting gum disease. But which nutrients matter most? The nutrients in your food can be classified as macronutrients or micronutrients. Macronutrients are the ones needed in relatively large amounts: fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They fuel the body and provide many of the vital structural components from which it’s made. Micronutrients […]

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Gum Disease Treatment May Ease Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you how gum disease can affect your overall health – and how evidence suggests that treating it may ease the symptoms of chronic conditions such as diabetes. Now, new research suggests periodontal therapy may help control symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), as well. It makes sense that […]

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How to Get Fluoride-Free Water

So back to the problem of drinking fluoride – or rather, how to avoid that problem to begin with. The answer isn’t necessarily bottled water. Bottled waters vary widely in quality. Some are no more than packaged water from municipal supplies. Where those supplies are fluoridated, so is the bottled water. Sometimes the water is […]

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Even Topical Fluoride Is No Cure-All When It Comes to Decay

So if fluoridation isn’t all that, what about applying fluoride directly to the teeth? Are the benefits worth the risk? The idea that topical fluoride is safer and more effective than fluoride you swallow is a common one. Hence, all the toothpastes, mouthwashes, and other home hygiene products with added fluoride, as well as the […]

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Fluoridation Follies

For more than 50 years, the American Dental Association has published a book they call Fluoridation Facts. The newest edition just dropped. Like earlier versions, it justifies and endorses the fluoridation of public water supplies, while dismissing any cause for concern. The idea of water fluoridation took root in the observations of Frederick McKay, a […]

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Is It the Floss Itself that Makes So Many People Not Want To?

In case there was any question that Americans don’t like to floss, yet another study has come along that highlights the reluctance many feel about this necessary part of good oral hygiene. To test patients’ flossing motivation and compliance, [registered dental hygienist Avie] Smith and colleagues enrolled 49 participants in their study. The participants used […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Modern Jaw

If you could stand side-by-side at a mirror with one of your distant ancestors, one thing you might notice is that your mouth is a whole lot smaller than theirs. The question of why is at the heart of a new book by orthodontist Sandra Kahn and biologist Paul R. Ehrlich, Jaws: The Story of […]

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Tips for Taming Chronic Inflammation

So what do you do to tame chronic, low-grade inflammation? The first step, if possible, is to eliminate the source of the problem. If that source is gum disease, then it’s essential to address it as soon as possible. After all, early stage gum disease is reversible. In our office, this involves a three-step approach: […]

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When “Good” Inflammation Goes “Bad”

While acute inflammation is a necessary part of the immune response and healing process, chronic inflammation is another story. Chronic inflammation is what happens when the inflammatory response doesn’t stop as it should. It keeps on keeping on, like a slow-burning fire. But instead of attacking infection or injury, it attacks healthy areas of your […]

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Not All Inflammation Is Bad Inflammation

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know how the inflammation that underlies gum disease can hurt your overall health. Yet as we noted last week, short term – acute – inflammation is an essential bodily process. But what actually happens during inflammation and why is it necessary? Registered Dental Hygienist JoAnn R. […]

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