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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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. […]
If you’ve got advanced gum disease, you know how devastating it can be. Left unchecked, it will destroy your connective and periodontal tissues alike. It’s an infection that can cause pain, tooth mobility, and tooth loss. And the microbes involved are associated with other health problems such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. Gum […]
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 […]
Unlike so many Hallmark holidays, National Dental Hygiene Month just doesn’t get much recognition. That’s a shame considering that your biologically trained dental hygienist is instrumental in helping you achieve your overall health and wellness goals. To be clear, we’re not just talking oral health – or systemic health, for that matter – but whole […]
Lots of folks think that vaping is safer than smoking. It’s not. And if the findings of a new study are correct, it may also pave the way for teenagers to move on to regular cigarettes in adulthood. The study, published in Pediatrics, focused on high school juniors and seniors – 152 who had never […]
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 […]
It’s hard to believe knee replacement surgery is only about 50 years old. That seems a relatively short track record for a procedure now considered common. Here in the US, more than 600,000 replacements are done every year! Knee replacement offers hope for pain relief and better daily functioning. But like any surgical procedure, there […]
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 […]
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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