Smoking and Gum Disease by the Numbers

Posted on Friday, December 18th, 2009

The relationship between smoking and periodontitis (gum disease) has been known for a long time. But some may wonder, just how strong of a relationship is it? Research published earlier this year in Oral Health and Preventive Dentistry offers some numbers. The study, “Smoking and Periodontal Disease: Clinical Evidence for an Association,” looked at 165 […]

Little Evidence Tamiflu Works & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2009

British Researchers: Little Evidence Tamiflu Works (PhysOrg) Researchers at the Cochrane Review, an international nonprofit that reviews health information, looked at previously published papers on Tamiflu as used for seasonal flu. They found insufficient data to prove whether the antiviral reduces complications like pneumonia in otherwise healthy people but concluded the drug shortens flu symptoms […]

The Relationship Between Gum Health & Systemic Health

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009

By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN A research team at a prestigious university hospital was conducting an experiment: how does a bullfrog react to a handclap? They set the frog on a table and clapped their hands. The frog jumped. Then they severed the frog’s right front leg. Again, the handclap; again, the frog jumped. […]

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2009

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk (WebMD) “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says study head Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. […]

Manual vs. Sonic Toothbrushes: Is One Kind Better than the Other?

Posted on Monday, September 28th, 2009

Via the LA Times: Your first toothbrush probably didn’t come with a user’s manual. You picked the thing up, put it in your mouth, moved it across your teeth in a vaguely up-and-down fashion, and called it good. Old-school toothbrushes are still the norm in medicine cabinets everywhere. Dentists hand them out for free by […]

Gum Disease/Cancer Link & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2009

Gum Disease May Increase Head and Neck Cancer Risk (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Taking good care of your teeth may help cut your risk of developing head or neck cancer, suggests a new study that links a gum disease to such tumors. Having chronic periodontitis, a gum disease involving the progressive loss of the bone and soft […]

Beyond Floss

Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2009

According to a recent Wealthy Dentist poll, 64% of dentists recommend “regular dental floss” for cleaning between teeth.   pattyanne:made/Flickr   If you factor in the dentists who opt for floss picks, the figure jumps to 75%, while just 13% recommend interproximal brushes and 3% recommend power flossers. “I just want them to floss with […]

Ditch the Cigs, Save Your Gums and Teeth

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2009

Smoking is like white sugar: it does no good and an awful lot of bad to your body, including your gums and teeth. In fact, estimates say that more than half the cases of periodontal disease can be attributed to smoking.   dolescum/Flickr Smokers are four times more likely to develop advanced gum disease than […]

Gum Disease Ups Stroke Risk in Men, and Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, July 10th, 2009

History of Periodontitis Linked to Cerebrovascular Disease in Men (Medical News Today) The potential role of periodontitis, an inflammatory disease of the gums, in the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly ischemic stroke, has received growing attention during the last decade. A new study is the first prospective cohort study to use clinical measures of periodontitis […]

Another Way Stress Affects Your Dental Health

Posted on Friday, June 26th, 2009

When you’re stressed, you feel it.   JD’na/Flickr   Your neck, shoulders and back may get tight. You may have nagging headaches. Your stomach may churn or feel like lead. It’s a whole body experience. And according to a new study in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, it affects your mouth’s periodontal tissues – […]

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