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The Gum Disease-Cancer Connection

The link between gum disease and other inflammatory conditions is well established. Those systemic health problems include heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and some cancers. Consider breast cancer, for instance. A while back, we looked at a 2011 study out of Sweden in which more than 3200 women in their 30s were followed for more than […]

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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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From Our Archives: Change Your Diet, Reverse Gum Disease?

If you just change what you eat, could it help reverse gum disease? Even if you don’t change your hygiene habits at all? A small but compelling German study in BMC Oral Health suggests yes. For two months, an experimental group switched from their regular diet to low carb. Their new diet was also rich […]

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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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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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How Treating Gum Disease May Help Diabetic Blood Sugar Control

As we’ve noted before, folks with gum disease are more likely to have diabetes than those without. In fact, the more severe the gum disease, the more likely a patient was to be diabetic. But we also have new evidence that periodontal treatment can actually help diabetic patients with their blood sugar control. This isn’t […]

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Could Treating Your Gum Disease Lower Your Blood Pressure?

Could your mouth be the secret to maintaining a healthy blood pressure level? Research presented last month at the annual meeting of the American Heart association suggests that periodontal (gum) disease treatment alone may be enough to lower blood pressure in patients prone to heart disease. The researchers divided 107 Chinese adults who had both […]

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Want Healthy Gums? Exercise!

If you suffer from gum disease – and most Americans have it to one degree or another – getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do. This is the surprising conclusion of research published last month in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology. The study looked at periodontal disease in lab rats […]

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One More on the Power of Ketogenic Diets

There’s one more ketogenic study we wanted to share with you – one we stumbled on just a day after our previous post. And it focuses on a point addressed by one of those earlier studies: inflammation. Yes, along with longer lifespans, greater strength and coordination, and better memory, we can add reduced inflammation to […]

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