One Way Bacteria Make Themselves at Home in Your Mouth

Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

As said, oral microbes are ingenious little bugs. And the more research that’s done, the more clever they seem! To wit, A new research report published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how the bacteria known for causing gum disease – Porphyromonas gingivalis – manipulates the body’s immune system to disable normal processes that […]


Where There’s Inflammation…

Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012

Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, respiratory diseases and cancer. Research continues to suggest that where there’s inflammation, oral bacteria may also be found – even in seemingly strange places such as knees and other joints. Two more conditions now join the list: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and erectile dysfunction. […]


A “Myth” Is as Good as a Mile

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012

TV has never been the most reliable source of health news and information – a fact underscored by a recent Today Show segment pooh-poohing one of the most widely accepted manifestations of the oral-systemic connection: the link between periodontal and heart health. The “evidence” given to “prove” that link a “myth”? A superficial reference to […]


Essential Oils & Healthy Gums

Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012

There’s a new, small study out suggesting that “essential oil mouth rinse” may not improve your periodontal health all that much if you’re already pretty diligent with your hygiene. So are essential oils just a kind of gimmick? It depends on what kind of oils you’re talking about. The study, published in the International Journal […]


Better Than…

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012

If you’re in profit-driven medicine, there are lots of ways you can expand your market. You can invent new “diseases” for your drug, device or therapy to treat. Or change the symptoms of old ones. Or repurpose old drugs for different conditions. Or invent new delivery systems for them. Enter Dexcel Pharma with their new […]


Captain Obvious Perceives Perceptions

Posted on Friday, July 13th, 2012

Who wants to hear that their teeth and gums are in bad shape? Who gets excited at the thought of needing extensive dental work? Okay. Besides this guy? Suffice it to say, it’s hard to have a good attitude toward taking care of your teeth when your oral health isn’t great. Who wants to spit […]


The Call for Preventive Medicine

Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Originally posted 16 January 2009 In the ongoing debates about US health care reform, you hear an increasing number of calls for a shift from crisis-based medicine to preventive medicine. (We noted the dental version of it earlier this week in our comment on the recent Lancet editorial on the topic.) The basic idea is […]


A Second Glance & Some News Is a Lot Less Interesting

Posted on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Consider this recent story from io9: It’s true: The idea that a tooth dropped in soda will dissolve overnight is an urban legend. But does this mean that soda doesn’t damage your teeth? Nope. Evidence consistently shows that soft drinks erode enamel and contribute to caries (cavities; tooth decay). And in a similar fashion, even […]


Is Flossing All That?

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012

Pop quiz: Brushing and flossing have been well proven to reduce dental biofilm (plaque) more than brushing alone – true or false? True, you say? Not quite, according to a recent literature review in Evidence-Based Dentistry. The authors looked at randomized, controlled trials that compared the effects of brushing and flossing with brushing alone. All […]



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