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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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Tap Water, Lead, and Fluoride: A Terrible Combination

Is your tap water safe to drink? Does it contain lead or other heavy metals or toxins? Situations like the one in Flint, Michigan have people increasingly concerned. A new tap water study shows that kids who drink tap water have higher lead levels but less tooth decay. The authors contend that this is because […]

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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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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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Making Sure You Have Enough Vitamin D for Your Teeth

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for oral health. Among other things, your gut needs it to efficiently absorb the calcium from your food. After absorption, it helps ensure that you have enough calcium and phosphate in your blood to keep your teeth well mineralized, protected against decay. Of course, D is essential to your […]

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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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From Our Archives: Gratitude 9 Ways

Here’s something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving: practicing gratitude can be a boon to your health. Repeatedly, scientific research has shown gratitude’s benefits to mental, social and physical health alike. It’s a stress buster and immune booster. That’s reason enough to make gratitude an everyday thing – not just a one- or two-day-a-year thing. […]

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Supplemental Fluoride: Helpful or Harmful?

For over 70 years, conventional dentistry has considered fluoride, both in public water supplies and dental products, a panacea against tooth decay. Yet does current science support this? A new Cochrane Review, for instance, set out to evaluate evidence of whether fluoride supplements taken during pregnancy help prevent tooth decay in children’s primary teeth. Surprisingly […]

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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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