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P. gingivalis: Bad for Your Gums, Bad for Your Heart

Chances are, you already know that good oral health is essential to overall health. But did you know that gum disease is more common in heart attack patients than in healthy individuals? Not only are both conditions marked by chronic inflammation; many of the bacteria involved in gum disease also appear to play a role […]

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Tea’s Potential Impact on the Microbes in Your Mouth

Tea is infamous for staining teeth. It’s also slightly acidic – even more so if sugar or lemon is added. Yet there’s also a good amount of evidence that it could help support your oral health. The latest is a study just published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, which suggests that tea may boost […]

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Your Life Depends on Your Oral Health

Your oral health and overall health are linked. We’ve looked at this before, along with the well-established connections between gum disease and systemic problems such as heart disease and diabetes. Now, new research shows that, in fact, serious oral health problems are associated with an increased risk of dying from all causes. The study followed […]

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Could Sleeping More Lead to Healthier Dietary Choices?

A new clinical study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests it might. For the study, researchers randomly split 42 adults who were habitual short sleepers into two groups. One group was coached on increasing their sleep time. The other received no intervention and served as a control group. All participants kept weekly food […]

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Coconut Oil & the Yeast in Your Mouth

Can coconut oil help fight yeast infections, including those in the mouth? When it comes to Candida albicans, the evidence suggests that the answer is “yes.” Candida albicans is a species of yeast that naturally grows in the gut. Normally, it causes few problems, but disruptions can cause it to grow out of control. For […]

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Why Most Animals Don’t Need to Clean Their Teeth but You Do

Everyone knows that dental tools such as floss, proxy brushes, and oral irrigators are the best way to clean between your teeth. But often, expediency rules, and other objects get used to remove trapped food. According to one recent survey, these include fingernails (61%), folded paper or cards (40%), cutlery such as a fork, knife, […]

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Keeping Your Oral Microbiome Healthy

Many of us have been conditioned to think of bacteria as the enemy. Antibacterial products are big business, as folks strive to keep their environment and body as antiseptic as possible. But is this the right approach? After all, not all bacteria are harmful. A good many are even beneficial. Hundreds of species of bacteria […]

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Beyond the Halloween Candy Same Ol’, Same Ol’ – Dozens of Ideas for Non-Candy Treats

Halloween is almost here, and for many kids, that brings up one thought: Candy!!! But we all know that all that sugar isn’t ideal, neither for their dental nor their overall health. We also know that Halloween candy is only the beginning of the deluge. Soon, the rest of the holidays will follow with their […]

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Tooth Decay: Is It Your Genes or Is It You?

Just because a health problem is labeled “genetic” doesn’t mean that you’re fated to get it. Genes are potential…until they’re triggered. And this is why there’s so much preventive power in lifestyle choices – the food we eat, the habits we keep. Twins provide a great example. By looking at differences in genetics and lifestyle […]

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Better Health (and Healthcare) Means Reuniting Mouth & Body

There was a sobering headline on Bloomberg last week: According to the latest statistics, we now spend nearly $10,000 on healthcare per person each year, yet our life expectancy is far lower than dozens of other developed nations. We’re number one in the world in spending, yet 27th in terms of life expectancy, just below […]

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