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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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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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Which Plant-Based Milks Are Best?

Cow’s milk is a complete food, at least for baby cows. It has a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It also contains compounds that boost the immune system. But not everyone can drink cow’s milk – or any animal milk at all. Some have allergic […]

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Carbonation, Fermented Drinks, & Your Teeth

While fermented drinks can provide hard-to-get nutrients and probiotics, they do have one drawback: They all contain some degree of carbonation, and carbonation can do a number on your teeth. Does the potential for harm outweigh the benefits of probiotic drinks? Let’s take a look at the issue in greater depth. Carbonation is what makes […]

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Make Your Own Probiotic Drinks!

You hear more and more these days about probiotics – friendly bacteria that promote good health. One of the more important things they do is help keep harmful bacteria from taking over, essentially by crowding them out. In the mouth, this helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. We’ve briefly looked at some of the […]

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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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