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Chronic Stress Does No Part of Your Body Good

A little stress now and then is okay – a good thing, in fact. It’s what helps you respond to any kind of threat or challenge. And it’s unavoidable. As Hans Selye, the endocrinologist who first identified the stress response, put it, To eliminate stress completely would mean to destroy life itself. If you make […]

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Why Your Immune Response May Be Dependent on your Decision to Chew, or Not to Chew

If your life demands that you gulp down your food and hit the ground running, a new study suggests that the old admonishment to “chew your food” is good advice. Turns out, the simple act of chewing your food before swallowing it can boost your immune system. Chewing is the beginning of the digestive process. […]

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The Link between Gum Disease, Breast Cancer, & Lifestyle

By now you’ve probably heard something about the risk gum disease poses to your heart health. After all, plaque is plaque. But did you know that gum disease is also associated with increased prevalence of breast cancer? That was the finding of a 2011 study out of Sweden. Researchers followed over 3000 women in their […]

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8 Dental Details That May Help You Avoid Heart Attack

Recently, we looked at a couple of studies highlighting the association between missing teeth and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and death. Why should missing teeth be predictive of these other conditions? In a word, disease. Apart from accidents, disease in the teeth or gums is the main reason a person loses teeth. Oral infections may […]

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Mindfulness As an Antidote to Inflammation

We live in a tech-driven environment, able to virtually be in many places at once. While this can simplify many aspects of our lives, it also means we’re not always inhabiting the space we’re in. Our minds are always elsewhere. Over time, this lack of attention and flitting from our email to Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter […]

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Guest Post: Oral Probiotics – Friends with Benefits

Our thanks to the office of Dr. Vern Erwin for letting us share this post from their blog. Seems not a day goes by that you don’t hear something about how the microbes in your gut are key to overall health. But while you’re deciding how to feed it the healthy bacteria it needs, you […]

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The Peculiar Paradox of Potatoes, Periodontal Disease & Diabetes

Whether you bake, boil, roast or fry them, potatoes are the most eaten vegetable in the United States. (Tomatoes come in a distant second.) It might be that the ruddy spud, wholesome in appearance, cheap to eat, is a perfect medium. Butter, bacon, cheese, sour cream, applesauce, mayo – you name it, we glob it […]

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Lack of Sleep Affects Your Oral Health, Too (plus 10 Ways to Get More – and Better – Sleep)

Lately, it seems there’s been a lot more news than usual about the science of sleep and how a chronic lack of sleep can damage your health. How it can raise your risk of heart attack and stroke. How it impairs your decision-making ability. How it may contribute to obesity and Alzheimer’s. But what you […]

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The Role Your Oral Health Plays in Aging-Associated Disease

Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer – conditions like these don’t just crop up overnight. Genetic predisposition in a lifetime of environmental exposures and lifestyle choices all play a role in the dynamic of illness. Poor choices that don’t seem like a big deal when you’re young have a way of catching up with you. And this […]

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Diabetes & Dental Health

Recently, news of “smart” insulin made international headlines. It’s a fascinating development that may change how often diabetes I patients need to take insulin. To be clear, there are two kinds of diabetes. Type I is when the body’s immune system kills off insulin-making cells, whereas type II occurs when the body doesn’t make enough […]

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