Problems in the Mouth Can Indeed Mean Problems in the Body

Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Sometimes, when your knowledge expands, a little chaos is created, too. You may need to let go of old ways of knowing, of things you’ve thought to be true for many, many years. It’s far easier to not ask questions and stick with the familiar path – like those dentists who cling to things like […]


Nutrition’s Role in Taming Gum Disease

Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

If you’ve got gum disease – and most American adults do to one degree or another – dealing with it isn’t just a matter of brushing and flossing more. Other factors contribute to the problem, too. While smoking is the number one risk factor, others identified by science include lack of sleep, chronic stress, bruxing […]


Tooth Loss, Dementia, & the Biological Terrain

Posted on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

It wasn’t so long ago that most dentists scoffed at the notion that oral and systemic health are related. After all, they were trained – and still are largely trained – to be mouth mechanics, specialists at repairing problems in isolation, with little consideration for how that might affect the rest of the body. Now, […]


Brush, Floss,…Sleep

Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

When you think about taking care of your teeth, you probably think of brushing, flossing, eating right, and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. But there are other drivers of oral health that you might not think of right away. Sleep, for instance. Previous research, such as the 2007 Journal of Periodontology study we told […]


How Others’ Smoking Can Wreck YOUR Teeth & Gums

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Of course, smoking doesn’t affect just the smoker. Everyone around them is affected, too. And secondhand smoke is more than just a stinky annoyance. It raises your risk of chronic conditions such as lung cancer and cardiovascular disease, of course. But did you know it may even affect your dental health? Earlier studies have suggested […]


Putting the Gum Disease-Cancer Link into Perspective

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

If you smoke, you’re pretty much guaranteed gum disease. And, of course, your risk of a whole host of chronic, systemic illnesses soars. But just because you’re a nonsmoker, your gums don’t necessarily get a free pass. Despite smoking rates dropping for decades now, periodontal disease remains a problem for as much as 75% of […]


Research Continues to Support Oil Pulling

Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Since oil pulling turned trendy last year, research has continued to show that it works – and that it works with a variety of different oils, though sesame, as noted before, has been the traditional go-to oil. But it may be taking a backseat to coconut oil, about which the news seems to get only […]


Exercise Matters

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Exercise is one of those things we all know we should do to stay healthy. Still, most of us fail to do enough of it. In fact, only about 20% of adults meet the standard guidelines for physical activity. There are plenty of reasons why it can be so hard for so many of us […]


Product Review & Giveaway: Waterpik Aquarius Professional Water Flosser

Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Let’s face it: Most people don’t floss regularly. Why else would things like this and this be at all funny? Yet that simple fact goes a long way toward explaining why periodontal (gum) disease is so rampant. As many as 75% of the adult population has it to some degree. It’s the sixth most prevalent […]


Biosis #44: Power, Root Canals & Homeopathics

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

        The August 2014 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: You Have the Power Many years ago, I was introduced to my first computer – an Apple IIE. The local grammar school was providing a class for the teachers who would be getting […]



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