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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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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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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 Weighty Bias (When It Comes to Diabetes Screening)

If you’re overweight or obese, there’s a good chance you’ve been screened for type 2 diabetes. That’s because doctors, like the rest of us, associate the condition with excess weight, especially if it’s belly fat. But a new study in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests that screening by appearance may have unfortunate consequences for […]

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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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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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