Obesity: A Risk Factor for Gum Disease or Not?

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

No sooner had we started to write about this – when an email alert popped up with news of this – Is it any wonder why people think health news can sometimes be crazy-making? Over the past few years, research – such as this and this – has repeatedly suggested a link between obesity and […]


Biosis #38: Mapping the Route to Healing, Essential Oils for Perio Health, & More!

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

The November 2012 Biosis, Dr. Verigin’s quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Feeding Your Brain Our self-talk is important! Most of us wouldn’t think of going a day without feeding our bodies with nourishing food. Why in the world would we not take time to feed our minds with nourishing […]


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 […]


One Way to Wreck Your Teeth & Gums

Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2012

Yet more research continues to be done on the dental effects of oral piercings. (Someday, maybe we’ll see some research on their energetic implications, as well.*) The latest comes courtesy of the Australian Dental Journal: a survey of dental and periodontal conditions near the sites of 110 lip and 51 tongue piercings sported by 110 […]


What to Do for Receding Gums

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011

Receding gums are a real problem for many – and not just for aesthetic reasons. The hard enamel covering the visible part of your teeth doesn’t extend to the roots. Those are covered by a much softer, permeable material called cementum – softer even than dentin, the delicate tissue that the enamel protects. As the […]


Perio Health – Fertility Link, & Other News of Note

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011

“Floss for Fertility,” Women Advised (BBC) Women who want the best chance of having a baby should make sure they floss their teeth regularly, say doctors. Poor oral health is as bad for fertility as obesity – delaying conception by about two months. Experts at a fertility meeting in Sweden heard how women with gum […]


Multitasking’s Effect on Brain Health, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

All Those Tweets, Apps, Updates May Drain Brain (SF Chronicle) Human minds evolved to constantly scan for novelty, lest we miss any sign of food, danger or, on a good day, mating opportunities. But the modern world bombards us with stimuli, a nonstop stream of e-mails, chats, texts, tweets, status updates and video links to […]


Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs, & Other News of Note

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011

Healthy Gums May Lead to Healthy Lungs (Dental Tribune) Maintaining periodontal health may contribute to a healthy respiratory system, according to research published in the Journal of Periodontology. A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections can be […]



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