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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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 […]
If you just change what you eat, could it help reverse gum disease? Even if you don’t change your hygiene habits at all? A small but compelling German study in BMC Oral Health suggests yes. For two months, an experimental group switched from their regular diet to low carb. Their new diet was also rich […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
There’s one moment during a dental hygiene visit that a whole lot of people dread: the moment when the dentist or hygienist asks about your flossing habits. Some tell the truth. Others dance around the question. Some sheepishly admit the truth and promise to start doing better. And according to a new survey, a good […]
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 […]
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 […]
Let’s face it: Committing to flossing regularly is a tough task for a lot of people. The most generous surveys say only about half of us floss daily. Others put the figure around 20%. Some folks never floss at all. Maybe flossing feels awkward or icky. Maybe it doesn’t have the same kind of instant […]
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