The Unintended Consequences of Tongue & Lip Piercings

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The picture hasn’t turned any rosier for oral piercings since we last blogged about some of their unintended consequences, including infection, broken or damaged teeth, and orthodontic issues. One of the latest studies, published last month in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, confirms earlier research about the damage tongue and lip piercings can do […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Oral Health Benefits of Green Tea (Guest Post)

Posted on Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Thank you to Pride Dental for letting us share this post from their office blog. View original post. Green tea mouthwash may help ease pain caused by the swelling of oral tissue. That’s according to a small but promising study published last month in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The research involved […]


Is Coffee Really That Bad for Your Teeth?

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The coffee that’s supposed to be so horrible for your teeth and gums? It may not be quite that horrible at all. Oh, sure, it can stain the heck out of ’em. And if you like to drink it loaded with sugar, milk, flavored syrup, whipped cream and all that, your teeth will be the […]


More Ways to Wreck Your Gums & Lose Your Teeth

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013

If you want to wreck your gums and lose your teeth, smoking is a darn good way to do it. How strong is the association between tobacco use and gum disease? Although most studies report smoking to increase the risk of periodontal disease in the order of two- to six-fold, a study carried out in […]



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